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Dear colleagues,

I will be in Rome in early May, for both research and photography, and 
have run into some difficulties getting the permission that I need. It 
appears that I have to contact MiBAC, the Ministero dei beni e delle 
attivitą culturali e del turismo. Can anyone help?

1. Museo Nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo: I need research access to 
sixth-century material, two beads/spindle whorls from Nocera Umbra and a 
pendant from Castel Trosino. In 2008 I corresponded with the museum 
director about these objects, but she is no longer there, and email to 
her is apparently not forwarded to anyone. The only addresses I find now 
are at MiBAC: <[log in to unmask]> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
and <[log in to unmask]> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. I have 
written to both addresses: in English on Feb. 15, in bad Italian on Feb. 
28, and in good Italian (with help) on March 13. No one has responded. 
Is there an actual person to ask?

2. I need to photograph the Villa Torlonia Jewish catacomb. It is closed 
to the public, but material online suggests that it is possible to see 
by appointment. I have read that one needs to get permission from the 
Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l'Area archeologica centrale 
di Roma. Their web site gives no information about this particular 
catacomb. The address given elsewhere is <[log in to unmask]> 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Since I am still waiting for a 
response from them about the Museo dell'Alto Medioevo, there seems 
little point in writing to them about this. I am hoping to get the name 
and address of a real person.

Any advice will be welcome!

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