Giudizio Universale Tickets

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Opening hours

There are three shows at 11.30am, 5pm and 9pm.  Each show lasts 60 minutes.

The website states there are daily shows, generally one or two each day and the schedule appears to change each month. There are no shows listed for Tuesday and Wednesday. Check the listing below for up to date details. There are currently no times shown after May 2019.

How to get there

The Auditorium Conciliazione is located on Via della Conciliazione the main route that leads to the Vatican City. This is easily within walking distance of the city centre.

There are several bus routes serving this area including express bus number 40 which takes you to and from Termini Station. The subway is a convenient way to get here, use line A to Ottaviano station, it is then a short walk to Via della Conciliazione.


How long in advance can I buy tickets?
Tickets are on sale up to 150 days in advance of each performance. Tickets do sell out for several performances so it is advisable to buy your tickets well in advance.
How does the story get projected around the theatre?
The production of the show uses 270 degree immersive projection that helps take the audience into the story and they feel they are sitting in the centre of the events as they happen before them.
I do not understand Italian, will I be able to follow the story?
The story is told in both Italian and English. It is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
An Extraordinary Journey
The story is billed as an extraordinary journey that takes its audience along this cutting-edge production through being immersed into the world of Michelangelo. The audience will discover his creation of his masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel through a story of live performances and a spectacular show of special effects.
The birth of a new format
The story being told at the Auditorium Conciliazione has been described by the shows organisers as a new format. Narrating a story through the sophisticated technology that is available today combined with the emotions involved in watching live entertainment. The show has been created through the scientific advice and knowledge of the Vatican Museums together with some original music by Sting and 270 degree 3D projections that have been designed to ‘leave the audience breathless’.
Marco Balich
Marco Balich is the creator of Giudizio Universale. He is the artistic director behind several ceremonies at the Olympic Games as well as to this production having a long run at this theatre. The 60 minute show is being staged at the Auditorium Conciliazione, close to St. Peter’s and is being seen as an ideal way to educate people into the story of the Sistine Chapel. The show will be staged in both Italian and English with the voice of Michelangelo being provided by the celebrated actor Pierfrancesco Favino.

Must Know

The story
The full title of the show presented at the Auditorium Conciliazione is called Giudizio Universale, Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel. It is a viewer-immersive experience made together with the Vatican Museums scientific advisors.
A journey through time
Everyone sitting in the auditorium can expect to be taken on a journey through time. The voyage begins in the 16th century in the quarries of Carrara and a search for the most perfect piece of marble. The passion within Michelangelo, his passion for finding that perfect piece of stone can be witnessed as you view the performance in front of you as the artist finds the rock he requires to sculpt the most iconic statue of all time “David”. Michelangelo was without doubt, an artist; his sculptures are testament to that. He was also a writer of poetry and a painter. It was for these talents that he was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
The Sistine Chapel
The next stage of the story appears before the gathered audience inside the Sistine Chapel and how it looked before Michelangelo began to work on creating his masterpiece. The story takes the audience on a journey to discover through the eyes of Michelangelo the lateral paintings that preceding Italian masters had created upon the chapel walls and ceiling. During this section of the show, the paintings come alive and express their humanity as well as the creative processes used by the artists when they were created.
The year after the ceiling fresco was completed and the Sistine Chapel for the first time became the Papal conclave where meetings convened when electing the new Pope would take place. The symbols on the ceilings come alive at this point in the story to give the audience an interpretation of this timeless rite.
Pope Clement VII
Positioned at the end of the Papal conclave the audience is now (through the eyes of Michelangelo) in front of the new Pope. Pope Clement VII orders Michelangelo to create for him, a new fresco on the Sistine Chapel’s main wall.
The Last Judgement
This new challenge brought on by a moment of inspiration allows the audience to visualize Michelangelo creating a powerful fresco which completely goes against previous traditions to produce the Last Judgement. You will become completely immersed into an emotional and spiritual experience.

Places Nearby

The Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla were the second largest public baths in Rome. They were built in the 3rd century by Emperor Caracalla for the purpose of political propaganda. The emperor’s reason was that he wanted to be liked by the people. Once completed the baths were functional for more than 300 years until a combination of negligence, looting and an earthquake left the site in ruins.
Ostia Antica
The important archaeological site of Ostia Antica was at one time used as the seaport for ancient Rome. It is about 20kms from the city centre at the mouth of the River Tiber. Here you can discover well preserved ancient buildings dating back to the 4th century BC. The highlights of a visit here are the frescoes and mosaics adorning the walls of the ancient buildings and you might be impressed by the quality of the ancient public toilets when bathrooms were a social setting.
Trevi Fountain
The world famous Baroque fountain was completed in 1762 and features a mythical sculpture of Neptune, the god of the sea, flanked by two tritons. The fountain is located at the head of three ancient roads at the terminus of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. The fountain has featured in several movies and is now one of Rome’s top tourist attractions. If you throw a coin into the fountain, a local legend says, one day you will return to Rome.