In celebration of the 4th Annual Month of International Culture at Rome, the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (PIAC) will open its building and special collections to the public, including Giovanni Battista de Rossi's personal epigraphic collection, specialized library holdings, and original watercolors commissioned by Josef Wilpert of paintings in the catacombs of Rome.
The event is the morning of Wednesday, 13 June 2018. To reserve a spot on one of the tours, which are free and open to the public, contact the PIAC at 064465574. PIAC is located two blocks from Termini Station, on viale Napoleone III, n. 1.
Calendar of events during the Month of International Culture at many of the city's foreign academies and institutions is here (giugno2018).
The PIAC is a Vatican institution set up by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to train archaeologists in the study of ancient Christian monuments and other material remains. Its doctoral program in Christian Archaeology, open to students who have completed at least four years of post-secondary study (i.e., Bachelor's degree), includes a year of lessons (November-May), and several years of research in a chosen field of study, including archaeology, architecture, epigraphy, hagiography, liturgy, and patristic literature. Qualified doctoral candidates in other Ph.D. programs at the Vatican and abroad may audit one or more courses with permission. Registration begins in September for qualifying exams in mid-October. A limited number of scholarships are available for the duration of the doctoral program. The language of instruction is Italian, but the official languages for research and publication are English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Latin. The doctoral program also requires fluency in at least two of these languages, plus a solid reading knowledge of Ancient Greek.
PIAC also organizes undergraduate and graduate-level diploma programs in Christian Archaeology for teachers, guides, students in degree programs in other institutions, and anyone else seeking a better understanding of Christianity within a broader social context from Antiquity through the early Middle Ages. A catalogue of programs and courses is on the PIAC website.