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The space in which the museum’s New Staircase stands was once the foyer of the Reggio Teatro degli Intrepidi, also known as the “Tennis Court Theater” or “New Theater”, built in 1778-1779 with the authorisation of Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo Hapsburg-Lorraine on a site formerly occupied by Opera del Duomo workshops, warehouses and courtyards.

Planned by Giovanni Battista Ruggieri with the help of Giulio Mannaioni, the Theater had five tiers of boxes with sumptuous decorations in gilded stucco on a white field and frescoes by Giacinto and Domenico Fabbroni; the ceiling above the New Staircase is the only part of the 18th-century structure still visible. Renovated in the years 1839-1840, from 1870 on the Teatro degli Intrepidi gradually declined and in 1914 became an industrial warehouse. At that time the orchestra area and stage were dismantled and the carved and painted decoration was lost. 

Opening times

The times of access to the monuments are subject to changes in time due to extraordinary events. The museum will be closed on the first Tuesday of each month.

Entry point
Ticket online
Access with a single ticket to all monuments

If you book the Dome, ticket is valid for 72 hours from the day of the reservation.
If you don't reserve the Dome you have 30 days from the date selected for the visit to use the ticket; after the first entrance in a monument, the ticket will be valid for only 72 hours.
Each monument may be visited only once with the ticket.
Reservations mandatory for the climb on the Dome.