The incredible number of museums ensures that you can discover something new every time you visit Rome. From Egyptian and antique collections, to contemporary art of the 21st century, everything is represented, which not only invites you to linger in museums on rainy days.
The Borghese Gallery
Art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese from the 17th century, collecting ancient and more recent paintings and sculptures. Works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini Antonio Canova and many more are on exhibition. In 1902 the Italian State acquired the Villa Borghese,including the palace with its collections. Today it is a museum, which is been called “the queen of private collections all over the world”, because of its gallery on the first floor.
The two museum buildings on the square realized by Michelangelo, are open again after long restoration works. In an extraordinary tour you see the Palace dei Conservatori, the Esedra of Marcus Aurelius, the Pinakothek, the Tabularium with the gallery of the inscriptions and the so-called Palazzo Nuovo.
The Capitoline collection was established in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV. with the donation of some bronze statues to the Roman people. Therefore it´s considered as the oldest museum in the world. It contains the oldest collection of classical sculptures, including the wolf with the twins Romulus and Remus, the Capitoline Venus and the Dying Gaul.
2005 the Esedra of Marcus Aurelius- the ancient equestrian statue, whose copy now stands in the center of Capitoline square- received after nine years of restoration their new place- a 1000 square meters hall with a glass roof.
National Gallery Palazzo Barberini
In the former pope residence Urban VIII. paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries are exhibited. Among other things works by Raphael, El Greco, Caravaggio and the famous ceiling fresco by Pietro da Cortona.
National Museum Palazzo Massimo
A rich collection of ancient statues, mosaics and the most beautiful frescoes of the Villa of Livia, Augustus´s wife.
National Museum Villa Giulia – Etruscans
Etruscan finds from excavations in Latium, Etruria and Umbria. Noteworthy are the Apollo of Veii, the sarcophagus of a married couple, the collection Castellani , the grave finds from the so-called Tomba Barberini and Bernardini and many decorated ceramics.
The Sistine Chapel, the Raphael rooms, Pinakothek and more. In the Vatican Museums exhibit works of art from different eras- from ancient times, through the Middle Ages and the modern to contemporary art. But they also deliver insight into the complex of the public part of the papal apartments.
S. Angel’s Castle
From mausoleum and state prison to papal residence – a visit through many centuries . It is one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture. Emperor Hadrian had built it 135 AD. as a powerful mausoleum for himself and his successors. In the following centuries the plant was repeatedly modified and expanded- it became a fortress and served as a prison. In the 13th century the Castel Sant’Angelo was connected with the Vatican palace by the so-called “Passetto”, which served as an escape way to the Popes in danger.
Doria Pamphili Gallery
An insight into the palace of a noble family with its famous art collection.
National Gallery for Modern Art
The collection includes sculptures and paintings of the 19th and 20th century, mainly by Italian artists.
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