Presentation of new Pope House and Virtual Museum | 21.09 Riese Pio X

The Pope's Little House reopens its doors, the new Museum

Events - published on 20 September 2023

Source: press office of the Peregrinatio corporis of St Pius X in Riese


Pius X returns to Riese, the wait is on. On 21 September inaugural event in the presence of the Bishop of Treviso. Nine months of work, now the relics have been reordered. The Museum also becomes virtual, on the web a 3D journey through Veneto rural history

Nine months of work, 350,000 euro invested by the City Council, two different spaces, now amalgamated in an exhibition itinerary that also becomes digital. The first, historic restoration of the Casetta del Papa di Riese Pio X (” Pius X Pope’s Little House”) has just been completed.

The solemn moment of the inauguration is set for the 21 September, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5.30 p.m. and the subsequent Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Michele Tomasi at 6.30 p.m. in the parish church. 21 September, moreover, is an important date for the faithful of the city of Rieti, as it is the feast day of the patron saint, Matthew.

In the meantime, the “peregrinatio corporis” of Pius X, scheduled from 6 to 15 October in the Treviso area (to be followed by the Padua and Venice areas), is drawing ever closer. Thousands of pilgrims are expected from all over the world. Information on events and bookings can be found at

In the meantime, the Pope’s Little House (this is how the people of Rieti affectionately call the space) takes on new life. A journey that began years ago. Following the investigations and essays carried out at the Birthplace of Pius X, a number of critical conservation aspects were found.

It was therefore decided to recover all the architectural, constructive and decorative elements present in the building –  explains Matteo Guidolin, president of the Giuseppe Sarto Foundation and mayor of Riese Pio X. The project was carried out by Studio Scattola and approved by the Superintendency of Venice.

The project includes painting and maintenance work on the shutters of Casa Maggion, a building owned by the Foundation and home to the Foundation and the bookshop linked to the Birth Place. A space that in the future will also house the Archives of Pope Pius X and spaces for temporary and permanent exhibitions. This, now, is the real welcoming point for pilgrims, who, after immersing themselves in the history of the Veneto countryside and being moved by the votive offerings that decorate the house of Pius X, can make their way to the new, completely redesigned museum.

The Gatto Tonin Architetti studio, together with Otium Studio and Disma Srl, has reorganised the open pertinential areas, improved accessibility, redesigned exhibition stands and integrated new technological equipment to support the exhibition itinerary. The reorganisation of the museum itinerary was carried out by Disma Srl, with the preparation of the introductory panels and the content of the captions that make the museum ‘speak’.

But this is not enough. On the occasion of the restoration, the online ‘descent’ of the Casetta was also planned (from 29 September on, to meet the needs of the faithful and historians, often emigrants, who want to visit the structure from all over the world.

The restoration was the subject of a digital storytelling intervention by Wow Solution. “The objective is to make the museum visit accessible and usable in a virtual way, with particular attention to photorealistic rendering and the inclusion of content enriched with textual and multimedia insights,” explains CEO, Andrea Pilotto. “Through virtual art direction and the construction of immersive content, it will be possible to exploit this tool with a view to promotion and presentation, showing the restoration activities also to those who have not yet visited the Pio X Museum”.

21 September will also be remembered for the inauguration of the new route dedicated to Religious Poetry at the A. Zanzotto Poetry Park, which will take place a few minutes before the one at the Casetta. In this case, the route was created in collaboration with the “Religious Poetry Prize of Camposampiero”: a committee of experts chose which poems to bring to Riese.



From 1 to 15 October, at the Barchessa Zorzi exhibition hall in Riese Pio X the exhibition of Francesco Sartor ‘The Sculptor of Pio X’. Exhibition opening: 11.30 a.m.

From 1 to 22 October at the Asilo parrocchiale di Riese Pio X the Artistic Crib dedicated to Pio X. Organised by the Amici del Presepio di Riese Pio X. Exhibition opening: 10 a.m.

From 30 September to 22 October. At the Riese Pio X Oratory the Art Exhibition. ‘The places and time that saw the presence of Pius X’. Organised by the ‘Giuseppe Sarto’ collecting club.

Saturday 30 at 7 a.m. at Monte Grappa, Borso and Pieve del Grappa. Meeting point at Riese Pio X town hall. Guided excursion to Cima Grappa with the Patriarch “In the footsteps of Giuseppe Sarto”. Organised by the Cai Castelfranco Veneto with the Fondazione Giuseppe Sarto.



Thursday 21st at 5pm at the A. Zanzotto Poetry Park, Riese Pio X there will be the inauguration of the new route dedicated to religious poetry

Thursday 21st at 5.30pm at the Casa natale Papa Pio X, Riese Pio X. Inauguration ceremony of the restoration of the Casa natale and the Pio X Museum. Organised by the Giuseppe Sarto Foundation.

Thursday 21 at 6.30 p.m. Solemn celebration presided over by the Bishop of Treviso, Michele Tomasi, in the parish church, on the occasion of the feast of the patron saint St. Matthew.

Saturday 23 at 11.30 a.m. in Via Castellana, Riese Pio X, the inauguration of the Monument to Jacopo Monico

Sunday 24 at 5.30 p.m. in Giardino Casa Natale, Riese Pio X the Festival del Viaggiatore. Scheduled meetings: Small paths, great emotions – Climbing the limit

Wednesday 27 at 20.45 at Giardino Casa Natale, Riese Pio X the presentation of the book “Francesco Sartor, the man, the sculptor”. Organised by the “Francesco Sarto” historical research group.

On Friday 29th at 11.00 a.m. at Riese Pio X Town Hall, the Virtual tour presentation of the Birthplace, the medal dedicated to the Peregrinatio Corporis, and the stamp for the philatelic cancellation. Organised by the Giuseppe Sarto Foundation.


Sunday 1 at 5.30 p.m. at the Palazzo della Luce, Treviso. Presentation of the comic strip “Pio X, un papa di campagna”, by the Treviso Comic Book Festival

Monday 2 at 6.15 pm at the Cendrole Sanctuary the inauguration of the redevelopment of the Curiotto path

Tuesday 3 at Casa Riese, the meeting with Sammy Basso, Rudi Zanatta and Giovanni Trinca. Moderator: Davide Nordio. Organised by the Giuseppe Sarto Foundation

Thursday 5 at 8.45 pm at the parish church. “Pulchra sicut Luna – Music for the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Opening concert of the Peregrinatio Corporis with organist Giovanni Feltrin from the Conservatorio A. Steffani

Friday 6 and Wednesday 11 at 9 p.m. at Casa Riese, Riese Pio X the Comedy “Papa Sarto” by Giuseppe Maffioli of the Filodrammatica Bepi Sarto.

Friday 6th at 3pm, in the Cathedral of Treviso, arrival of the urn with the body of St Pius X with a welcome from the Diocese and greeting from the civil authorities; 5pm: Vespers with the Cathedral Chapter and beginning of the veneration; 8.30pm: Prayer moment presided over by Bishop Tomasi, with the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Presbyteral Council, the Parish Pastoral Councils, and the Councils of Pastoral Collaborations.

Saturday 7 October, 7.30 a.m., in the Cathedral of Treviso, Holy Mass. Followed by veneration of the faithful; 11 a.m., Treviso Cathedral, solemn concelebration of the Eucharist presided over by Msgr. Francesco Moraglia, Patriarch of Venice; 3 p.m. – Treviso Cathedral, celebration for the mandate of the catechists on the occasion of the centenary of the foundation of the diocesan catechetical office; 4.30 p.m., the urn with the Saint’s body is accompanied to Riese Pio X; 6 p.m. 6:00 p.m. – Archpriest’s Church of Riese Pio X, arrival of the urn with the body of St. Pius X with a welcome and greeting from the parish community; 6:30 p.m. – House where the saint was born, welcome and greeting from the municipal administration; 9:30 p.m. – Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Cendrole, prayer vigil for the young people of the Diocese of Treviso promoted by the diocesan Youth Pastoral office and the Missionary Centre.

From Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th pilgrims will be able to venerate the body of St Pius X according to the timetable published on The “aux flambeaux” processions from the garden of the town hall of Riese Pio X to the Cendrole Sanctuary on 10, 12 and 13 October will be presided over by Bishop Tomasi and animated by the various vicariates of the Diocese, with the prayer of the rosary and litanies of the saints.

On Sunday 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barchessa Municipio, the special philatelic cancellation “Peregrinatio corporis di san Pio X”. Organised by the ‘Giuseppe Sarto’ collecting club.

Sunday 15, 3.30 p.m., Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Cendrole, solemn closing Eucharistic celebration presided over by H.Em. Card. Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Monday 16 at 8.45 p.m. at the Parish Church, Riese Pio X the Journey in Italian Organ Music between the 19th and 20th centuries. Closing concert of the Peregrinatio Corporis with organist Nicola Cittadin. Organised by the A. Steffani Conservatory.


On Sunday 5th at 8.45 pm at Casa Riese, a concert in memory of the composer Pope. The Asolo Chamber Orchestra of the Malipiero Music Institute performs.

Sunday 5 at 11.30 a.m. At the Mantova railway station the dedication of the Mantova railway station to St. Pius X, organised by the Diocese of Mantova.

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 at Casa Riese, there will be the conference “Pio X, un papa per la musica” organised by the Associazione Nazionale Case della Memoria.


Sunday 3 at 8.30 p.m. is the Closing of the Celebrations for the 120th Anniversary of the Election of Pope Pius X with a concert of Georg Friedrich Haendel – Messiah. Lorenzo Da Ponte Chamber Orchestra. Conductor, Roberto Zarpellon. Organised by the Diocesan Committee.

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