MUSEUMS

VATICAN MUSEUMS
SISTINE CHAPEL

The Vatican Museums, located in the Vatican City State, have been included in the list of the most important museums in the world.  Inside the Vatican Museums, we now find the collections that over time the popes have accumulated, in addition to the great masterpieces of all time that have become the precious testimony of an era.

The Vatican museums were born with the private works of pope Julius II that once elected pope in 1503 moved his collection to the Octagonal Court. Among the works, we have the Apollo Belvedere, the Venus Felix, the Sleeping Ariadne and the Laocoon group. New buildings were constructed with galleries and passageways to connect them to the existing ones.

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The Vatican Museums house the exquisite art collections, archaeology and ethnology created by the various Pontiffs over the centuries, but they also feature some of the most unique and historically and artistically significant places of the Apostolic Palaces.

In February 2000 the monumental entrance was inaugurated in the northern part of the Vatican walls, very close to the old entrance made by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. Here is the spiral staircase in the ramp with the handrail designed by Antonio Maraini and currently used to exit the museum.

At the moment the Vatican Museums have 4 different routes to see the different galleries:

Clementine Pious Museum – It collects specimens of ancient sculptures such as the Apollo of Belvedere (130-140 AD), the Laocoon Group (first century AD), the Apollo Sauroktonos and the Venus Cnydia, the colossal head of Jupiter. Of particular interest are the two porphyry sarcophagi of Constance and Saint Helen, respectively daughter and mother of Constantine.

Chiaramonti Museum – It hosts several Roman sculptures, such as the statue of Ganymede, a colossal head of Athena, a portrait of Tiberius, relief with the Three Graces (first century AD). Many Pagan and Christian inscriptions are exhibited in the Galleria Lapidaria, and statues such as the Wounded Amazon, the Spearman, the enormous statue of the Nile, and the Augustus from Prima Porta are exhibited in the New Wing.

Etruscan Gregorian Museum – It contains several findings coming mainly from nineteenth-century excavations performed in Southern Etruria, such as the trousseau of the Regolini-Galassi tomb. The exhibition includes sarcophagi and a rich collection of Greek, Italiot, and Etruscan vases. Of particular interest is the bilingual sepulchral stele of Todi with a double inscription in Latin and in Gallic (second century BC).

Egyptian Gregorian Museum – It was conceived by father Ungarelli, one of the first Italian Egyptologists, and collects a series of statues representing divinities or personalities of the Royal family, such as the mother and sister of Ramses Second, sarcophagi, mummies, and elements of the funerary furnishings. Also, the statue decoration of the serapeum at Villa Adriana in Tivoli has been reconstructed.

Profane Gregorian Museum – It exhibits Greek and Roman sculptures such as three fragments of the Parthenon in Athens, the Head of Athena (460 BC), the Altar of the Vicomagistri (first century AD) and two great reliefs representing the Arrival of Vespasianin Rome and the Departure of Domitian. It also includes sarcophagi decorated with mythological subjects the group of Athena and  Marsia stands out from the bronze copies.

Christian Pious Museum – It collects materials coming from the excavations of the Roman catacombs, several sarcophagi (third-fifth century AD), one of which is a copy of the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, and the statue of the Good Shepherd (third century AD).

Ethnological Missionary Museum – It documents the religious events and the cults of other continents. Of particular relevance are the fifteenth-century Aztec sculptures, the Indian sculptures of Hinduist gods, the ritual masks from Oceania and Africa.

Collection of Modern Religious Art – Partly set up in the rooms of the Borgia Apartment, decorated by Pinturicchio, it exhibits works by Rosai, Boccioni, Balla, De Chirico, Guttuso, and Manzù.

Upper Galleries – The Gallery of Candelabra collects archaeological material of the Roman Age, such as the sculpture group of Ganymede and the Eagle (second century AD) and the statue of Artemis. The Gallery of Tapestries exhibits tapestries of sixteenth-century Flemish and seventeenth-century Roman manufacture. The Gallery of Geographic Maps exhibits 40 panels dedicated to the territory of Italy made in 1580-83.

Vatican Library Museum – It hosts several testimonies of sacred art: the Hall of the Aldobrandini Wedding with frescoes of the Roman Age, the Hall of Papyri with gilded glasses of the early Christian Age, the Sistine Hall with frescoes by Cesare Nebbia and other artists, the Pauline Halls, the Alexandrine Hall, and the Clementine Gallery with sketches by Bernini.

Picture Gallery – It keeps works datable from the twelfth to the eighteenth century, realized by Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, Giotto, Beato Angelico, Masolino da Panicale, Filippo Lippi, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Tiziano, Paolo Veronese, Giulio Romano, Ludovico Carracci, Caravaggio, Poussin, G. Reni, Guercino, and O.Gentileschi. Clay models used by Bernini for his sculptures of the Chapel of the Sacrament and for Saint Peter’s Chair and 10 tapestries manufactured in Brussels designed by Raphael are also exhibited.

 …and break up a little a large number of visitors, all these routes are full of works of art and end in the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel is one of the chapels of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City State, where the pope’s official residence is located.  Its name comes from Pope Sixtus IV who ordered its restoration between 1473 and 1481. Since that time this chapel has served to celebrate papal acts and ceremonies of the Catholic Church.

During the pontificate of Sixtus IV, a group of Renaissance painters were called to perform works in the chapel, among them Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli and Luca Signorelli. Two series of fresco panels were made, one on the life of Moses to the left of the altar and another on the life of Jesus Christ on the right. These panels were accompanied by portraits of the popes who had governed the Church until then. The paintings were finished in 1482, and on the occasion of the festivity of the Assumption, Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the chapel consecrating it to the Virgin Mary.

Commissioned by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo decorated the vault of the chapel, all frescoes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are the work of this brilliant artist who took four years to complete the work, from 1508 to 1512, creating a work of art unprecedented that would change the course of Western art. Years later, between 1536 and 1541, painted the Final Judgment on the wall of the altar, for the popes Clement VII and Pope Paul III.

Currently, the Sistine Chapel is the seat of the conclave, the meeting in which the College of Cardinals chooses a new pope

Vatican Museums
www.museivaticani.va

Viale Vaticano 6

Distance  2,5 km  25 minutes Bus 23

 There are many ways to visit the Vatican Museums.

It is highly recommended, to buy the tickets in advance that allow you to access the Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
The simple entrance can be purchased online and allows you to avoid the long line at the entrance, up to the many guided tours.
Tours can also be done with a guide dedicated exclusively to you.

Within the Vatican Museums it is also possible, upon request and with a private guide, to visit the “hidden” places, generally closed to the public, like the Niccolina Chapel (Chapel of Nicholas V), the Bramante Staircase and the Cabinet of the Masks.

Is possible to plane a tour early in the morning when the museums are close to the public. This tour includes breakfast.

 Also, from April to October, every Friday, the Vatican Museums open their doors exceptionally even at night after 19:00 and it is possible to ask for the Vatican Museums Private Night Tour to visit them.

Tickets € 16,00
Opening Times:   From Monday To Saturday
H. 8.30 – 18.30

 Please buy tickets only from the official museum website

www. tickets.museivaticani.va/

www.museivaticani.va   https://tickets.museivaticani.va

CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS
MUSEI CAPITOLINI

 

The Capitoline Museums are the first museum in the world to have opened their doors to the public during the 15th century.
The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are the main civic museum of Rome, are constituted by the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo. The two buildings are located on the Campidoglio Square remodelled following the design of Michelangelo and are linked by the Galleria Lapidaria, an underground passage that crosses the Campidoglio Square without having to go outside the museums.

 

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The creation of the museums began when Pope Sixtus IV in 1471 donated a collection of bronzes, transforming it into one of the oldest museums in the world.  The museum was opened to the public by the will of Pope Clement XII in 1734. Later, Benedict XIV inaugurated the art gallery (Pinacoteca) Capitolina with the private collections of the Sacchetti family and the Pius family of Savoy.

The Capitoline Museums offer an impressive collection of Romanesque paintings and sculptures.

Perhaps the most famous work that is preserved in these museums is the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the copy is in the centre of the square while the original is exposed in a yard recently covered with glass after restoration work.

After the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums are the most important that can be visited in this city as they preserve the memory of Ancient Rome.

The art gallery (Pinacoteca) Capitoline is the oldest public collection of painting. It was created between 1748 and 1750 with the purchase of paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries that include masterpieces of Tiziano, Caravaggio and Rubens.

 

Musei Capitolini
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1
Distance 1km  10 minutes

www.museicapitolini.org

OPENING TIMES
every day from 9.30 to 19.30
24 and 31 December: 9.30 – 14.00
Closed: 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

It is strongly recommended to purchase tickets online at

www. museiincomuneroma.vivaticket.it

Ordinary Ticket Full price non-residents € 11,50

integrated ticket museum+exhibition

Full price € 15,00

Agreement with Roma Pass

www.museicapitolini.org    https://museiincomuneroma.vivaticket.it/

GALLERIA BORGHESE

The splendid small palace that hosts the Borghese Gallery was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century as a private residence and for the Borghese family’s public representation.  The original core of the collection testifies cardinal Scipio’s deep interest in antiquity, classicism, and innovative artistic currents. The collection was increased over time through confiscations, donations, and purchases. It was further enriched at the end of the seventeenth century by the inheritance of Olimpia Aldobrandini.  The collection consists of sculptures, bas-reliefs, ancient mosaics, sixteenth-seventeenth century paintings, and sculptures. They include masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Veronese, Raphael (Deposition), Domenichino (Diana’s hunt), Titian (Sacred and profane love, Venus blindfolding Love), Correggio (Danae), Caravaggio (Youth with a fruit basket, the Madonna of the footmen, David with Goliath’s head), Rubens (Pietà) and magnificent sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Apollo and Daphne, the Rape of Proserpina, David) and Canova (Paolina Borghese)

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Galleria Borghese

Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese

Reservation and pre-purchase required 
Online purchase:
www.galleriaborghese.it/en/visita/info-biglietti/

Tickets

Full price € 13,00
Discounted: 18–25 years of age €2,00

Opening Times

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 – 19.00 (admission every 2 hours).
Closed: Monday, 25 December, 1 January

Gallery Visits
A maximum of 
100 people are admitted at a time for two-hour visits according to the following schedule:

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. /11 a.m. – 1 p.m./1 p.m. – 3 p.m./ 3 p.m. – 5 p.m./ 5 p.m. -7 p.m

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte
Moderna e Contemporanea

 

Rome’s National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art is located near Valle Giulia. It hosts 20,000 works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations – and offers a great view of art from the 1800s to today. This is the only national museum entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

 

 

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Galleria Nazioanle d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Address: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
www.lagallerianazionale.com

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

Full price ticket: € 10.00
Online purchase: www.gebart.it/musei/la-galleria-nazionale/

Distance 3,2 km 35 min Bus 23+ 19 or Bus 628+2+19

You can reach the National Gallery with a nice walk through Villa Borghese.

MAXXI

National Museum of 21st Century Arts

 

MAXXI is the first National museum dedicated to contemporary art.

It’s a great architectural work of art, characterized by innovative and fantastic forms, designed by Zhaha Hadid. Thought as a great centre for culture, MAXXI was inaugurated in 2010.

It produces and hosts many arts and architecture exhibitions, design, photography, fashion, film festivals, theatre and dance performances.

In an area of 29thousand square km with a great open space, it hosts also an auditorium, a centre with libraries and archives, a bookshop.

The Maxxi collections are exposed together with some contemporary exhibitions, while the Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt and Maurizio Mocchetti installations are always on display.

 

 

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MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo
Address:
 Via Guido Reni, 4 A
Bus 280 or 628+2

Opening Hours
From Tuesday  To Sunday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Full price: € 12  

Roma Pass

Galleria Nazionale
d’Arte Antica

Palazzo Barberini  Galleria Palazzo Corsini

 

The National Gallery of Ancient is in two sites: Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini.

Palazzo Barberini houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, with one of Italy’s most important painting collections. It includes Raphael’s portrait ‘La Fornarina’, Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes and a Hans Holbein portrait of Henry VIII and some other historical paintings

Palazzo Corsini houses the collection,  mostly originating from the Corsini family

It Was officially founded in 1893, when to the collection donated to the State ten years earlier by Prince Corsini in 1892 when Was added The Torlonia Collection

 

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PALAZZO BARBERINI

Carlo Maderno designed Palazzo Barberini. At Maderno’s death, Gian Lorenzo Bernini completed the works in cooperation with Francesco Borromini, author of the helicoidal staircase with twin columns. Pietro da Cortona frescoed the vault, representing the Triumph’s allegoric theme of the Divine Providence,  of the great hall by Bernini.  In 1949 the Palace was purchased by the State to become the new location of the National Gallery of Ancient Art. The collection of paintings are about 1445 and come mainly from the merges of collections of Roman noble families (Torlonia, Chigi, Sciarra, and Barberini). Prominent authors include Filippo Lippi (Madonna on the throne with the Infant), Raphael (La Fornarina), El Greco (Baptism of Christ), Tintoretto (Christ and the adulteress), Titian (Venus and Adonis), Guercino (Scourging of Christ), Caravaggio (Judith beheading Holofernes, Narcissus), Mattia Preti (The Resurrection of Lazarus), and Guido Reni (Magdalene repentant).

PALAZZO CORSINI

After cardinal Lorenzo Corsini was elected pope as Clement the Twelfth (1730-1740), his family moved from Florence to Rome, purchasing the sixteenth century Palazzo Riario, former residence of the Queen Christine of Sweden. When the Corsini family moved back to Florence in 1883, donated to the State the collection that constitutes one of the National Gallery of Ancient Art’s funds, is the only Roman eighteenth-century collection of marbles and paintings intact. The best-known authors include Frà Angelico (Last Judgement), P.P. Rubens (St. Sebastian cured by the Angels), Guido Reni (Salome with the head of the Baptist), Guercino (Ecce Homo), Caravaggio (St. John the Baptist), Annibale Carracci, Mattia Preti. The Palace also houses the prestigious Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, an institution founded in 1603.

 

Palazzo Barberini

Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
Distance         2,5 Km 25-minute Bus  62– 160 – 492

Galleria Palazzo Corsini

Address

Via della Lungara, 10
Distance 800m 10 minutes

www.barberinicorsini.org

Agreement with Roma Pass

Museo Nazionale Romano

PALAZZO MASSIMO, PALAZZO ALTEMPS, CRYPTA BALBI, TERME di DIOCLEZIANO

The National Roman Museum was created on 7 March 1889, As soon as Rome became the capital of Italy in 1870. Strong was the need to establish a museum where the past’s grandeur could be displayed and explored to celebrate the ambition of a nation that had finally been unified.

They decided to base this Museum at the site of the Baths of Diocletian and in part of the Michelangelo Cloister. The Museum also received numerous other materials from pre-existing collections,  including the celebrated Ludovisi Collection.

A new chapter in the history of the Museum began with the start of the 1980s. The introduction of the Special Law for Roman Antiquities in 1981 resulted in the acquisition of the Palazzo Altemps and the Palazzo Massimo and the entire city block making up the Crypta Balbi, and the substantial restoration of the Baths of Diocletian. The Museum was then reorganised into four sites, each with its specific focus.

 

 

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Palazzo Altemps, an aristocratic 16th-century residence, was dedicated to historical collections and the story of collecting. At the same time, Palazzo Massimo displayed the masterpieces of Roman artistic production found in the city of Rome and its territory. The Baths of Diocletian, with its monumental spaces, housed the Museum of Written Communication of the Romans and the Museum of Protohistory of the Latin Peoples. Following systematic archaeological research, the Crypta Balbi and its archaeological area were set up.

TERME of Diocletian
Address: Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79
Distance 3800 m Bus 64

 

Massimo Palace at the Baths
Address: Largo Villa Peretti, 1
Distance 3800 m Bus 64

Altemps Palace
Address: Via di Sant’Apollinare, 46
Distance 600m 7 minutes

Crypta Balbi
Address: Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31
Distance 400m 4 minutes

www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it

Opening hours Tuesday to Friday from 14.00 to 19.45

Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 am to 7.45 pm

Online ticket purchase required

www.coopculture.it/circuito

Ticket € 10,00 valid for one week for all four venues

GALLERIA NAZIONALE
d’ARTE MODERNA

 

The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art’s story started in 1883 when the Municipality purchased 40 watercolours by Ettore Roesler Franz and a few historical and generic works at the Universal Exhibition. In the years the collection kept on increasing. In 1995 the Gallery was open to the ancient convent of the Barefooted Carmelites of St. Joseph at Capo le Case, where The collection includes works representing the most significant moments of Italian art from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War. The pieces are by V. Gemito, G.A. Sartorio, the XXV della Campagna Romana, G. Balla, Tato, F. Depero, N. Costa, G. Morandi, G. De Pisis, F. Trombadori, Scipione, F.Casorati, G. Capogrossi, G. De Chirico, C. Carrà, G. Severini, M. Mafai, R.Guttuso, Afro, and A. Savinio.  The entire collection has estimated more than 4,000 pieces. Meanwhile, in 1999 the second new site of the Gallery was inaugurated in the former Peroni building.

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GALLERIA D’ARTE MODERNA
Address: Via Francesco Crispi, 24

Online purchase: http://ticket.museiincomuneroma.it/galleriadartemoderna/

Adults: € 7,50;

Opening Time

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 18.30
24 and 31 December: 9.30 – 14.00
Closed: Monday, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December

Distanza 2,4 Km   22 minuti        Bus 62 o 492

MACRO

MACRO is located in the Roman neighbourhood of Salario-Nomentano and occupies part of the building complex once used by the Birra Peroni Brewery for its production activities.

MACRO is considered a focal point for contemporary public art in Rome to which professionals and the public at large, turn for its schedule of exhibitions. However, MACRO as a centre for contemporary art aims to become increasingly multi-functional, maintaining its own local identity and strengthening its involvement and ties with the community in every possible artistic, cultural and intellectual sphere.

 

 

 

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MACRO
Address:
 Via Nizza, 138

Opening Times
Tuesday – Thursday 11.00 – 20.00
Friday – Saturday 11.00am – 10.00pm
Sunday 11.00 – 20.00
Closed on Mondays

Reservations are required and can also be made at the museum

www.museomacro.it

 https://www.museomacro.it/it/prenotazione/#prenota

Accessibility info https://www.museomacro.it/visit/opening-hours/

Distance 4,5 Km  Bus 80

Roma Pass

CENTRALE MONTEMARTINI

 

Centrale Montemartini is the former Diesel Power Station that was the first public electric installation in Rome.  Its activity that extended up to the fifties terminated definitively in the early seventies. After detailed restoration work completed between1989 and 1990, became a Multimedia Center capable of hosting meetings, shows, and museum activities.

Next to the old machinery, are exhibited, more than 400 statues and manufactured valuables, discovered during the archaeological excavations perform,  at the end of the past century

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Hall of Columns: The exhibition of sculptures illustrates the most ancient city phases, from the archaic to the late republican phase, and the ruins of a temple of the sixth century BC.

Hall of Machines: two completely restored enormous Diesel engines and a steam turbine, an actual antique, have been set up in this hall. A gallery of statues and beautiful Roman copies of the late Republican Age, inspired by the more famous Greek originals, introduces the tremendous archaeological complexes exhibited at the back to the hall. Athena’s colossal statue stands opposite the figure of Athena from the pediment of the temple of Apollo Sosianus, building discovered on the via del Mare.

Hall of Boilers:  near a huge vapour boiler, real masterpieces that belonged to the emperor or high court dignitaries are exhibited in this hall and discovered during the excavations of 1870 at the Quirinal, the Viminal, and the Esquiline, areas where are the Horti, the residential complexes of the late republic’s noble families, rose.

CENTRALE MONTEMARTINI

Address: Via Ostiense, 106

www.centralemontemartini.org

Opening Times
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 – 19.00

Online purchase:
 https://museiincomuneroma.vivaticket.it

 Adults € 7,50

Distance 4 km  Bus 23

Agreement with Roma Pass

ETRU

Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia

Two magnificent Renaissance villas house the National Etruscan Museum. One of the most prestigious museums dedicated to the civilization of the Etruscans.

Villa Giulia
Constructed by Pope Julius III,  between 1550 and 1555, Villa Giulia is a stunning Renaissance villa featuring a landscaped garden with terraces connected by spectacular stairways, nymphaea and fountains. The greatest artists of the era – Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Giorgio Vasari and Michelangelo Buonarroti – were involved in the design of the Villa, while some decorative elements were produced by Taddeo Zuccari and Prospero Fontana. The hemicycle is decorated with subtle paintings inspired by the grotesques of Rome’s Domus Aurea. The rooms contain an extraordinary series of frescoes with depictions of the Seven Hills of Rome.

In 1889, the Villa became the seat of the National Etruscan Museum.

 

 

 

 

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Villa Poniatowski
The Villa was inaugurated in 2012 and is ETRU’s second branch. Its rooms feature exhibits from Latium Vetus and Umbria. A refurbishment is underway on a large area that will be used for temporary exhibitions. It was transformed into a villa at the start of the 19th century by Giuseppe Valadier at the behest of Stanislaw Poniatowski, the nephew of the last King of Poland. With its main façade overlooking via Flaminia, the Villa is embellished with pools and fountains, while the large stepped terrace garden is adorned with ancient sculptures. A number of discoveries were made during the refurbishment works in 1997, including the unearthing of the remains of the Villa’s original 16th-century structure, the remains of two fountains, fixtures from pools and fountains, as well as pictorial and decorative elements.

ETRU Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
www.museoetru.it

Address: Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9

Opening Times
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1

The single ticket for the Etruscan Museum Villa Giulia and Villa Poniatowski

€ 10,00

Distanza  3,5  Km       Bus 628 + 2 + 19  or Bus 23 + 19

Agreement with Roma Pass

DORIA-PAMPHILI Palace
DORIA-PAMPHILI Galery

 

The Palace is among the few palaces of Rome to be still occupied by its owners. The core of the Palace dates back to the mid-15th century

The Doria-Pamphilj gallery includes Raphael, Titian, Domenichino, Parmigianino, Caravaggio, Annibale e Ludovico Carracci, Mattia Preti,Guercino, Guido Reni, Velazquez, Brueghel the Elder (Landscapes), Gaspard Dughet. Ancient and seventeenth century sculptures, including some worky by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Alessandro Algardi.

The disposition of the paintings in the Gallery is distributed over four wings. It follows the indications provided in an eighteenth-century document. Each work is in the exact location of specified according to a criterion of symmetry and sometimes of typological and stylistic affinity.

 

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Palazzo Doria
Via del Corso 105

www.doriapamphilj.it

Ticket: € 12,00
www.doriapamphilj.it/biglietti
Distance 1 km,  10 minutes

COLONNA PALACE
Colonna Galery

 

The Palazzo Colonna Gallery
 A few steps from Piazza Venezia, Palazzo Colonna, offers one of the Roman baroque’s most magnificent testimonies.
La Gallery Column and its salons are one of Rome’s wonders and are the setting for an impressive collection of works of art: paintings, sculptures, and furnishings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
The Gallery includes masterpieces of absolute excellence by the major Italian and foreign artists between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Among the many, Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Vanvitelli and many others.
Also deserves particular attention Princess Isabelle’s apartment; an authentic treasure chest of wonders, including the collections of views of the Vanvitelli and Flemish painters, the frescoes of the Pinturicchio and the testimonies of nine centuries of the history of the Colonna Family which inhabits and guards the Palace since 31 generations.

 

 

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Galleria Colonna
www.galleriacolonna.it

Opening Times
Each Saturday the Gallery is open to the public from 9,00 to 13,15
Entrance Via della Pilotta 17.
Optional guided tour:  
at10,00 and 11,00 in Italian,
at 10,30 in French and
at 12,00 in English.

Entrance tickets to the Colonna Gallery – full: € 12,00
free: for children up to 12 years
Distance 1 Km 10 minutes

GREAT LITTLE MUSEUMS

 

MUSEO di SCULTURA ANTICA GIOVANNI BARRACCO

ACCADEMIA DI SAN LUCA

MUSEO NAPOLEONICO

MUSEO dell’ARA PACIS

FREE ENTRANCE :  Museo BarraccoMuseo Napoleonico, Accademia di San Luca.

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CADEMIA di SAN LUCA

The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca housed in the Palazzo Carpegna works of Francesco Borromini. The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, apart from many historical document collections, owns other groups of architecture designs and drawings, in particular, dating back to the 20th century. The Academy is an important Italian centre, where contemporary art is promoted and enhanced, primarily through exhibitions of national and international artists.

Piazza dell’Accademia di San Luca, 77

Free Entrance

www.accademiadisanluca.eu

Compulsory booking by email to segreteria@accademiasanluca.it – galleria@accademiasanluca.it three days in advance

Distance 1 Km 10minutes

 Museum of Ancient Sculpture Giovanni Barracco

The collection, carefully arranged  includes works of Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Cypriot, Etruscan, Greek, Roman and medieval art.

The elegant 16th-century palace that houses the Barracco collection was built between 1520 and 1523 for the Breton prelate Thomas le Roy,  And improperly named The “Farnesina ai Baullari”  houses the Barracco collection since 1948

 Corso Vittorio Emanuele 166/A – 00186 Rome

Opening hours

June – September From Tuesday to Sunday 1.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

October – May Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

24th and 31st December 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed on  Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Distance 300 meters   3 minutes

Napoleonic Museum

The Napoleonic Museum exhibits relics, family souvenirs, and works of art. It includes miniatures, jewels, furniture, and court dresses. The collection was started by count Giuseppe Primoli (descendant in the female line from the Bonaparts) through significant family donations and purchases from the antiquary market. The entire collection was donated in 1927 by the count and the first floor of Palazzo Primoli to Rome’s Municipality that in 1929 opened the Museum to the public.

Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 – 00186 Rome

Email

Management offices: museonapoleonico@comune.roma.it

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

24 and 31 December 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Closed on  Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

 Distance 800 meters    8 minutes Bus 81, 87, 492,70

 

 Ara Pacis Museum

The Ara Pacis represents one of the highest examples of classic art. The Senate decided to build an altar to Peace dedicated to Augustus,  upon its return from Gaul and from Spain The altar was built along the via Flaminia, at the border with the northernmost part of the Field of Mars, but the alluvial soil of the area and the floods of the Tiber caused the burial of the Ara, of which no memory was left.

The Ara Pacis Museum is the first work of architecture built in Rome’s historical centre since the end of Fascism. The museum space was designed by the architectural studio of American architect Richard Meier.
The museum space modulates around the contrast of light and shade. This expanse creates an uninterrupted continuity with the outside world and helps make the silence necessary to enjoy the monument in full.

 Lungotevere in Augusta (corner of Via Tomacelli)

info.arapacis@comune.roma.it

Opening hours

Daily 9.30am-7.30pm

24th and 31st December 9.30am-2pm

Closed on  1 January, 1 May and 25 December

ARA PACIS MUSEUM ORDINARY ENTRANCE IN THE ABSENCE OF EXHIBITIONS:

Full price € 10,50 Reduced € 8,50

Roma Pass
Distance 3 km  Bus 628

 

 

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MUSEO DELLE MURA

MUSEO di VILLA TORLONIA

MUSEO CARLO BILOTTI

MUSEO PIETRO CANONICA a VILLA BORGHESE

 

FREE ENTRANCE : Museo Bilotti Museo Canonica,  Museo delle Mura

 

 

 

 

 

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seo delle Mura

The Museum of the Walls of Rome is located within Porta Appia, better known as Porta San Sebastiano. Porta San Sebastianois one of the largest and best preserved of the Aurelian Walls, the fortified walls erected by emperor Aurelian at the end of the third century AD. The current setting illustrates the history and the architectonic transformations of the town walls from their origin to our days

 The “Chemin de ronde” can be visited during the museum opening times.

 Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 18

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Closed on  Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December

 Free Entrance

 Distance 3,5 Km   Bus 628 or 118

 Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese

The Canonica Museum is immersed in the green of Villa Borghese, located in the eighteenth century building known as “Fortezzuola”. The Museum keeps the works of the Piedmontese sculpture and musician Pietro Canonica who lived and worked in the building. The exhibition halls and the study together make up a significant example of house-museum.

 Viale Pietro Canonica (Piazza di Siena) 2 – 00197 Roma

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday
June – September 13.00 – 19.00 – October – May 10.00 – 16.00
24th and 31st December 10.00-14.00

 Ditance 4,5 Km Bus 160

Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese

In the eighteenth century, The Orangery was known as the Casino dei Giuochi d’Acqua. In its richly decorated and furnished rooms, the Borghese princes organised parties and social events. Later It was adapted as a winter shelter for citrus fruits.

After decades of misuse, followed by a careful restoration, the Orangery is opening to the public as a home for the works of contemporary art that the collector Carlo Bilotti chose to give to the city of Rome.  Among the donated pieces are a nucleus of works by the superb painter Giorgio de Chirico, supported by works by Gino Severini, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers and Giacomo Manzù.

The Museum, has a dual purpose: to display the permanent collection, the works donated by Bilotti, and to display changing exhibitions of the most important artists of our time

 Carlo Bilotti Museum Villa Borghese Orangery

Viale Fiorello La Guardia, 6
Opening hours

June – September: Tuesday to Friday and public holidays 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

October – May: Tuesday to Friday and public holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

24th and 31st December 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed on  Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Free admission

 Distance  4,3 km  bus 160

Musei di Villa Torlonia

 Villa Torlonia, the most recent of the villas belonging to Rome’s nobility, still retains a particular fascination due to the originality of its English-style garden (one of the few examples in the city), and to the unexpectedly large number of buildings and garden furniture in the grounds.

Inside: Casino dei PrincipiTemple of Saturn, the Tribuna con Fontana, the Amphitheatre, the Chapel of Sant’Alessandro , the Theatre and the  Orangery or  the Lemon-house, the Swiss Hut to turn it into the current Casina delle Civettethe Conservatorythe Tower and Moorish Grotto,  the Tournament Field, the pink granite Obelisks , the Red House.

 In 1925 the Villa was bestowed upon Mussolini as a residence, where he remained until 1943.

Musei di Villa Torlonia

Via Nomentana 70

villeparchistorici@comune.roma.it

info@museivillatorlonia.it

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 – 19.00
24 and 31 December: 9.00 – 14.00

Closed:  Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

 Distance 7 Km  Bus 60

Roma Pass

VILLA FARNESINA

 

The Villa Farnesina built in the early six¬teenth century for the wealthy Sienese banker Agostino Chigi. It is one of the Italian Renaissance’s fabulous creations,  an authentic masterpiece in which architectural design and pictorial decoration fuse in¬to a single marvellous synthesis. The  Villa, devised by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, is the perfect setting for its rich interior decoration, boasting frescos by great masters such as Raphael and Sebastiano Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi known as Sodoma, and Peruzzi himself.

The Villa now bears the name the Farnese family, who acquired it in 1579.
In 1927 the Villa was acquired by the State, and in 1944 gave it to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

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Opening hours

The Villa Farnesina is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm,
On the second Sunday of the month from 9 am to 5 pm.

Visitors who present their admission ticket to the Vatican Museums (within 7 days from the date of visit to the Vatican Museum) will have a reduced entrance fee to the Villa Farnesina

On the second Sunday of every month, Sunday opening from 9 am to 5 pm with guided tours.

www.booking-villafarnesina.it/tickets
Tickets
€ 10,00 (
18-65 years old)

€ 9,00   (65+ year old )

€ 7,00   (10-18 years old)

Free ticket  Children under 10 accompanied by parents

Visitors who present their admission ticket to the Vatican Museums (within 7 days from the date of visit to the Vatican Museum) will be entitled to a reduced entrance to the Villa Farnesina

 OPENING BY REQUEST 
The reservation of the visit should be made at least 15 days in advance.
The payment due must be received at least 10 days in advance of the date of the visit.
E-mail: farnesina@lincei.it. The stay in the Villa Farnesina cannot exceed 2 hours.
 For any cancellations made after payment, there is not refund.
During the unique visits by request, there will not be any special discounts.

www.villafarnesina.it
Via della Lungara, 230

Distance 800metres     8 minutes