The Vatican Museums include significant art collections and interesting
cultural museums housed in a variety of settings, including papal palaces
and apartments. The art that you can see in the Vatican Museums includes
world-famous masterpieces, many in the form of frescos. Highlights of
the Vatican Museums include the
Raphael's Rooms and the
Pinacoteca (art gallery).
Since there is so much to see at the Vatican Museums, we provide a two-page
guide to the Vatican Museums for those of you looking for additional
detail. The first section of our guide provides an overview of the
Museums, contact information and ordering tickets, while the second section
history and highlights of the treasures of the Vatican Museums.
The Borghese's amazing
art collection is well worth a visit. Many believe
that its sculptures, which include works by Bernini (including his sculpture
David) and Canova, make the
Borghese a must for those interested in art and history. Other
works by Titian, Correggio, Raphael, Canova, Bassona and Rubens add to the
glory of the Borghese.
Reservations are required for the Gallery and can be made online.
Tickets for this attraction sell out fast, so it would be best to make your
reservation before you depart for Rome and pick-up the tickets before your
website for more information on reservations
additional information on the Borghese, follow this link the Gallery's
official website .
The Borghese Gallery and Museum is located at Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
in Borghese Park and is open Tuesdays through Sunday.
While the Villa is a focus for many, the Villa Borghese Park is one of
the largest in Rome and a pleasant respite from the activity of the
city (sometimes it feels like the word "eternal" in Eternal City refers to
its never ending traffic and noise). Offering beautiful monuments, landscaped lakes, dramatic fountains and
manicured Old-World style gardens, the Borghese Park is an excellent place
for a relaxing walk.
The Villa is remote from the Metro (the Piazza di Spagna stop is the
closest). Although the walk is long, the park is a great place for a stroll.
(Look at our museums map in Hybrid View to see the park and the Gallery.) Many prefer to walk
to the Borghese (from the Piazza Popolo or the Spanish Steps) and take a
taxi for the return to their hotel.
The Galleria is housed in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, which is an elegant, building with an
ornate, luxuriously appointed interior. Its collection is large
and you will find art from the floor to
ceiling, some so high it is hard to see the detail. The galleries, wings,
and rooms seem never ending and display the Gallery's collection of statues,
busts and other ornamental art in a spectacular manner. Many of
the display rooms
are quite attractive and observing their ornate
ceiling decorations is a must. If you visit, do not miss the stunning
Gallery of Mirrors
Still privately owned by the Family Dira Pamphlet, the collection at the
from the addition of the collection of Innocent X ,which was originally held
in the Palazzo
Pamphilj in Piazza Navona. The collection at the Galleria Phamphilj include
sculptures by Bernini as well as masterpieces by Velazquez, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and others.
See the museum's
official website for more information on visiting. The museum is
closed Thursdays and some holidays. It is located just north of the Piazza
Venezia at 305 Via del Corso
the 15th century Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of ancient bronze
statues from the Roman Empire to the people of Rome. The gift of these
statues marked the start of what would become the Capitoline Museums,
which have now include a treasure trove of artifacts revealing important
insights into the history of Rome. The Museum is spread over three adjacent
buildings (the Palazzo Senatorio (12th century), the Palazzo dei Conservatori
(redesigned by Michelangelo) and the Palazzo Nuovo (17th century)).
The Museums contain a significant collection that includes the original bronze
of Marcus Aurelius (the one in the Piazza Campidoglio is a replica), the She-Wolf (nursemaid
of Romulus and Remus - the twin founders of Rome) and the head of what once was an
monumental bronze Statue of Constantine.
The museum contains many
masterpieces, focused on the Roman divinities, emperors and famous
citizens of the Empire. In addition there are some remarkable frescos in
the Conservator's Apartments, as well as interesting decorations
throughout the buildings.
Finally, the Capitoline Museums houses an impressive collection of
official website for a detailed description of the collections, as
well as information on visiting. The
museum is located on the Piazza Campidoglio and open Tuesdays through
Thursdays. It is closed on Mondays and some holidays.
Known formally as the National Gallery of Ancient Art of Barberini Palace,
a compact museum that contains several important works. Featured artists include
Raphael ( and works by many of his followers), Garafalo ( a noted Italian painter from the
Renaissance), and collections by well-known renaissance painters from
Florence and Siena. In addition, the collection includes a large number of excellent portraits by various artists.
For more information see the
official website. The Galleria Barberini is closed on Mondays
and some major holidays. It is located at Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 at
Via Barberini, near the Piazza Barberini and the Barberini Metro stop.
website for more information on the holdings of the Galleria and
to reserve tickets.
Corsini Gallery (National Gallery of Ancient Art of Corsini
Palace (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini)) is focused on art
from the 16th and 17th centuries and includes works by Caravaggio,
Van Dyke, Rubens and others. The collection was gathered by the Corsini
family to grace their impressive palazzo.
Located on the Via della Lungara
(#10), the gallery is just across the Tiber (Ponte Sisto) from the
(known for its stunning frescos by Annibale Carracci) and the
Spada Gallery (Dughet, Reni, Brueghel and more).
If you have the time, you should visit this amazing trio, as the art and the
buildings are very special.
By the way, the
Farnese has a tight schedule. It is closed Mondays and some holidays and
open in the mornings (0900 to 1300) on Tuesday through Sunday and the afternoons
(1500 to 1800) Friday through Sunday. Its website is in Italian, but is not
too hard to follow.
Finally, you might be interested in seeing the Villa Farnesina on the Trastevere side of
the Tiber (named after the Farnese family, but built for the banker Chigi, as in
the Chigi Chapel in the church Santa Maria del Popolo in Piazza del Popolo),
some gorgeous frescos by Raphael.
Venezia was once the
residence of Pope and five hundred years later became Mussolini's Palace.
Since then it has been restored to its previous grandeur as a beautiful
building in an impressive setting with a moderately interesting collection
of art and other medieval and Renaissance works. The official website
for the Palazzo is relatively uninformative, so visit this
website for more information on the holdings of the Palazzo
and to reserve tickets.
The Museo dell Civilta Romana presents one of the most interesting
and detailed examinations of Roman civilization that can be found in Rome's
museums. You will find displays of
original works, reconstructions, models, casts and a variety of
presentations designed to help you explore and appreciate the history of
Due to reconstruction, not all of the museum is available and the exhibits changes from time to time.
The museum is closed Mondays and open Tuesdays through Saturday from 0900 to
1400 and to 1330 on Sundays. The Museum is located at Piazza G. Angelli 10.
See the museum's
official website for more details.
The National Museum is comprised of three separate buildings, the Baths of
, the Palazzo Massimo
(jewels, gems, money, classical sculpture) and the Palazzo Altemps
(sculptures of various origins), which together house an important collection
of Rome's archeological treasures. The best website for describing
these treasures is that of the
Superintendent of Archeology for Rome. (Although the site is in Italian, Google translator does
a good job here - Choose the location you are interested in viewing, click the
link and then translate.)
Although each of these locations has something unique to examine, the
Baths of Diocletian sound the most promising, but the actual site is the least satisfying of these three
attractions. Diocletian's Baths were the largest and most
opulent in ancient Rome. Built to hold thousands and thought to have
been twice as large as the baths of Caracalla, the complex was a wonder of the world in its day. Unfortunately,
the Baths fell into decay and were used as a quarry for many
other sites, leaving little of the original complex to observe. A large
section of the former Baths was converted into the church of
Santa Maria degli Angeli,
which honors the Blessed Virgin and the thousands of
Christian slaves who died constructing the Baths of Diocletian.
We think you will find a visit to the Palazzo Altemps the most
satisfying of these three museums. The palace is gorgeous inside and
the art is excellent.
The Baths of Diocletian are located at Via Enrico de Nicola 79.
The Palazzo Massimo is located at Largo di Villa Peretti
The Palazzo Altemps is located at Via Sant'Apollinare 46.
In 2007 the Museo dei Fori
Forum Museum ) opened in one of the original buildings in Trajan's Market (Mercati di Traiano),
which dates from the 2nd century. The museum
is dedicated to the architecture of the Imperial Forums and contains a
number of outstanding pieces (mostly marble) that were found while
excavating the Imperial Forums.
The setting of the museum is gorgeous. The "finds" are displayed in
chambers used to describe each of the Imperial Forums and along the aisles on the
sides the Grande Aule (Great Hall).
The Imperial Forums Museum is located at Quattro Novembre, 94 in Rome
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