Rome

Museums and galleries of Rome that everyone should visit

In any tourist trip, especially to Italy, there comes a moment when you need to touch high art, and not just sunbathe on the beaches. Here is our selection of ten of the best museums and galleries in Rome.

We recommend visiting museums in the afternoon, when the tourist flow decreases slightly.

Vatican Museums

A huge complex of museums (Musei Vaticani), located on the territory of the Vatican. It includes 54 galleries, including the Apostolic Library, Rafael Stanzas, the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. The museum was founded by Pope Julius II in 1506. The first exhibit was the sculptural group “Laocoon and Sons”.

  • We recommend visiting the Vatican only with professional guides
  • Read also how to buy tickets to the Vatican Museums without waiting in line.

National Museum of Rome

The National Museum of Rome (Museo Nazionale Romano) occupies three buildings:

  1. The Baths of Diocletian, in their halls a collection of antique inscriptions and sculptures is stored.
    Balbi script containing excavated artifacts.
  2. The Palazzo Altemps, which houses 104 antique sculptures of the Ludovisi family, the Egyptian collection and the Mattei collection.
  3. The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, where the richest collection of antique frescoes, jewelry and coins is located. Surprisingly, you can look at the money that paid Julius Caesar himself!

Borghese Gallery

The Galleria Borghese Gallery is rightly called the “Queen of Private Collections”. The beginning of a rich gathering was laid by Cardinal Scipio Borghese. Now you can see wonderful examples of ancient art and the best sculptures of Bernini.

We recommend reading:

We recommend visiting:

Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are located in the three Capitoline Palaces - Senators, Conservatives and the Palazzo Nuovo. The beginning of the museum collection was laid by Pope Sixtus IV, presenting in 1417 to the Roman people antique bronze statues. Today, the Conservatives Palace contains a rich collection of antique artifacts, the most valuable of which is the original Capitoline Wolf. The new palace boasts unique mosaics from the villa of Emperor Hadrian.

National Gallery of Ancient Art

The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica) is located in the palaces of Barberini and Corsini. The first one contains such masterpieces as the Raphael “Fornarina” and “Judith and Holofernes” by Caravaggio, as well as many paintings by Titian and El Greco. In the second - the same Caravaggio, Rubens and Brueghel.

Villa Julia

On the territory of Villa Giulia is a museum of Etruscan art with interesting exhibits of the material culture of a vanished civilization. The exposition dedicated to the funeral Etruscan cult is especially great. The building itself was previously the summer residence of the popes.

  • We advise you to read about the most beautiful villas and palaces of Rome

Doria Pamphili Gallery

The Galleria Doria Pamphilj Gallery is a private gallery with a rich collection of art. Italian painting of the 17th century is best represented - paintings by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio. Also impressive is the collection of marble reliefs by Duquenois.

Palazzo and Spada Gallery

The private collection of the Spada Gallery (Palazzo e Galleria Spada), dating back to the 17th century, includes works by Titian, Guido Reni, Rubens and other prominent Renaissance masters. An interesting attraction of the palace is the prospect of Borromini, which is a gradually narrowing corridor. A sixty-centimeter figure of a horseman, placed at the narrow end of the corridor, looks as if it is reaching average human height!

National Gallery of Modern Art

Rome knows no shortage of samples of ancient art. But the time has come to somehow introduce the modern! For this purpose, an exhibition hall was built next to the famous Villa Borghese, where in 1915 the National Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderno) was opened. Italian futurists and realists (Renato Guttuso) were exhibited here, a sculpture of the 19th century is represented by the works of Canova and Jimenez. In the middle of the XX century, the gallery was replenished with the works of foreign artists: Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso.

Municipal Gallery of Modern Art

The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderno) is housed in a brewery, the official opening took place in 2002. The works of the most famous masters of the Italian art scene are exhibited here. The museum has a library, a bookstore and a multi-level terrace with an outdoor rooftop cafe.

Watch the video: VATICAN CITY MUSEUMS TOUR GUIDE - MUST SEE IN ROME ITALY (December 2019).

Loading...

Popular Posts

Category Rome, Next Article

How to get to the island of Favignana
Favignana

How to get to the island of Favignana

You can get to the island of Favignana by speed boat from Trapani quite simply. To do this, you need to arrive at the port and buy a ticket at the ticket office approximately 30-40 minutes before departure. In the high season of July-August, we recommend buying tickets in advance by arriving at the port or on the Internet on the airline’s official website www.
Read More
Tuna Museum on the island of Favignana
Favignana

Tuna Museum on the island of Favignana

Beautiful Sicily reveals its secrets. On the largest island of the Aegadian archipelago of Favignan opened the Museum of Tuna. Now tourists will be able to find out what many generations of local residents have dedicated themselves to and how the legendary Mattan took place. The sea at Favignana is always crystal clear. No wonder the red bay (Cala Rossa), located on the island, is among the ten best beaches in Italy.
Read More
Favignana - an island you want to return to
Favignana

Favignana - an island you want to return to

We spent only one day on the island of Favignana in early June 2014, but already in the first hours of our trip it became clear that we would have to return here more than once. We went there as part of a trip to the south of Italy on the recommendation of our Sicilian friend Mario. It is on Favignan that the famous Cala Rosa Bay is located, one of the ten best beaches in Italy, and several other no less beautiful beaches.
Read More
Hotels in Favignana: tips for choosing
Favignana

Hotels in Favignana: tips for choosing

This mini-study is dedicated to my friends and all readers of “Italy for Me” inspired by my trips to Sicily with Yana. The island of Favignana is only 30 minutes sailing from the port of Trapani and in my opinion is an ideal option for a quiet and relaxing holiday on the sea in Italy.
Read More