The Vatican Museums have announced new opening hours as from 2 Jan. The museums will now be open from 8.30 to 18.00 (last entry 16.00) all year.

The opening time has been brought forward to 8.30 instead 10.00. But there is also a change in the closing hours. Until now the winter closing time has been 13.45 (last entry 12.20) and in summer 16.45 (last entry 15.20).

The extra administrative cost to the museums of the longer opening hours will be covered by a