During the first centuries of Christianity, celebrants and ministers did not wear any particular vestments, their clothing were the Graeco-Roman ones.

Stricter rules were implemented in the second half of the 16th century, during the Counter-Reformation period, when different colors and shapes of vestments to be worn during celebrations and solemnities were introduced for the first time in the Roman-Catholic Church.

Following the Reformation process, begun with Papa Innocenzo III, each priest had their vests in relation with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Silk, silver and gold were the fundamental elements that characterized the vestments.


June to September

Tuesday to Friday: from 10.30 to 13.00 and from 17.30 to 21.00

Saturday and Sunday: from 10.30 to 13.00 and from 17.30 to 21.30

Monday closed

October to May

Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 to 13.00.

Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00

Sundays and public holidays from 16,00 to 19,00

Monday closed.

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A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head. (Renzo Piano)