It is business as usual at many of Romes museums and monuments on the feast of the Assumption, or Ferragosto, on 15 August, which is a public holiday in Italy. One exception is the Vatican Museums, which are closed 15 and 16 August. Major city and state-run museums and sites including the Capitoline Museums, Montemartini Art Centre, the Palazzo Braschi and Trastevere sections of the Museo di Roma, MACRO, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine and the Ara Pacis, are operating normal opening hours, while some smaller museums and monuments are open in the morning only. Some sites are open free of charge. The exhibition of photographs by filmmaker Wim Wenders, Immagini dal pianeta Terra, at the Scuderie del Quirinale is open 17.00-24.00 rather than the usual 10.00-20.00. If you want to get away from the crowds head for the newly restored Villa Torlonia on Via Nomentana, which is open 07.00-20.00; the Casino Nobile and the Casino delle Civette, which are both in the Villas gardens, are open 09.00-19.00. For addresses, telephone numbers and opening hours see the directory section of the website.
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