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Classical Museums


Vatican Museums

They are situated in viale Vaticano in Rome, in the Vatican City, and they are one of the biggest art collections of the world, as they house the immense collection of art works built up throughout the centuries by the Popes.

The museum was founded by pope Julius II in the XVIth century  and today the route of the Vatican Museums includes the Lapidary Gallery, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. The route of the Vatican Museums ends with the famous Sistine Chapel, the masterpiece of Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel  takes its name from  pope Sixtus IV, who  wanted to build at the end of 1400 a new building where the Magna Chapel stood. The commissioner of the frescoes of the vault, La Creation, was his nephew, pope Julius II, who commissioned the Florentine artist  Michelangelo Buonarroti. Thanks to the pope Paul III in 1534 Michelangelo painted the immense fresco of the high altar, the Last Judgement. All tourists must visit it before leaving from Rome.

The Vatican Museums, which occupy most  of the wide “Cortile del Belvedere”,  were visited by 4.441.734 people in the year 2008, the most important "Italian" museum , even if  it is a very Italian museum, because it is situated in a territory which doesn’t belong to the Italian Republic.



Borghese Gallery

It is situated in Villa Borghese and it houses some works of many important Italian painters and sculptors such as: Bernini, Canova, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Titian and many others.
Thanks to the collection of the cardinal Scipione, lived between the late 1500 and the early 1600 today  we can  admire some art works of the Ancient  art and art of the Renaissance.
In the gallery is placed the famous statue by Canova dedicated to Pauline Bonaparte Borghese and during the first years of 1800 Camillo Borghese sold Napoleon a great number of statues, busts and low-reliefs which can be appreciated in the museum of Louvre.
After 1830  some archaeological excavations and work found in the cellars of Villa Borghese offer new works.

Among the most important works of the collection you will find: boy with a basket of fruit and David with Goliath’s head by Caravaggio, the statue of Pauline Borghese by Canova, Apollo and Daphne by Bernini, Sacred and Profane Love by Titian.



Capitoline Museums

They are the main municipal civil museum of Rome and  part of the "System of the municipal museums".

The collection of the Capitoline Museums began with the  donation of 4 famous  bronze sculptures,  Constantine’s head, the Wolf, the Spinario e the Camillo by pope Sixtus IV, before placed in front of the palace of the  Lateran patriarch.

From that moment on many work were collected on the Capitoline and therefore  the  museum Capitoline was opened. A plate at the entrance of the Palazzo dei Conservatori commemorate the donation of pope Sixtus IV to the city of Rome and to its inhabitants.

The Capitoline Museums were reopened after some restoration works and offer an exceptional  itinerary: the palazzo dei Conservatori, the tabularium, the palazzo Caffarelli and the palazzo Nuovo are the setting of the Capitoline place, which was designed and realized by Michelangelo.



Palazzo Venezia

The National Museum of Piazza Venezia was built in 1916 according the projects of the General Director of Antiquities and Fine Arts, Corrado Ricci who wanted to move the collections conserved in the Museum of  Castel Sant’Angelo. So into the walls of the former Palazzo Barbo prepared a great exhibition of Renaissance and Medieval  art, organized by  its first  director Federico Hermanin, eminent scholar and art historian.



National Gallery of Ancient Art (Corsini Palace and Barberini Palace)

The National Gallery of Ancient Art  is situated on two buildings: Barberini Palace and Corsini Palace.

The Barberini family had already sold  its collection during the 18th century. The quarrels for inheritance between the descendents, who had to divide the Colonna and Barberini primogenitures, led to a division of the collections between the two families.

Overall, the collection is rich with masterpieces, above all of the XVI and XVII centuries. The 15th century isn’t present completely, but the main painting by Filippo Lippi stand out: the "Madonna an Child Enthroned", dated 1437. Le collections of the XVI century are greater, among which we find the "Fornarina" by Raphael, and the paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Sodoma,  Bronzino, and art works by  Lotto, Tintoretto, Titien and El Greco, and works of Bologna artists, and works of the end of the century the beautiful "Judith with the head of  Holofernes" by Caravaggio and works of the 17th century with works by Reni, Domenichino, Guercino, Lanfranco, Bernini, Poussin, Pietro da Cortona, Gaulli, Maratta.



National Museum of Rome (Palazzo Massimo alle Terme)

The palazzo massimo alle terme is the main of the four seats of the National Museum of Rome together with the original seat of the Bath of Diocletian, which houses instead the the Epigraphic Section, the Palazzo Altemps, seat of the Renaissance collections of ancient sculpture, and the Crypta Balbi.
It houses the “ancient art section” (late-republican, imperial and late-ancient works) e the “section of Numismatics”.
The seat of the museum was inaugurated in 1995 and completed in 1998. It is placed in the Castro Pretorio district in Piazza dei Cinquecento, near Termini station.



Museum of Contemporary  Art of Rome (MACRO)

It is a municipal museum of contemporary art. It is situated near Porta Pia, in the Nomentano district of Rome. A secondary seat named, MACRO Future, is situated on two pavilions of the former abattoir of Testaccio, near the Piramide Cestia.  It was founded between the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century with the name of Municipal Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome, the museum has had many seats. At the beginning of the XXI century it named  a Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.



MAXXI – National Museum of the XXI century Arts

It is a museum of contemporary art, managed by  the foundation created by  the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. The museum was designed as a multidisciplinary space committed to  experimentation and innovation in the arts and architecture. The MAXXI consists of  two museums, the MAXXI art and the MAXXI architecture, whose  permanent collections grow through  direct acquisition, as well through commissions, thematic competitions, awards for young artists, donations, permanent loans.

In addition to the two museums the MAXXI features an  auditorium, a specialized library and a media library, a bookshop, a cafeteria and a bar/restaurant, galleries for  temporary exhibitions, performances, educational activities. The great outdoor courtyard provides a venue for works and on-live events .



The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GNAM)

It is the biggest collection of Italian Modern Art. It is situated in Rome,  it houses over 4.400 paintings and sculptures and about 13.000 drawings and prints of artists - mostly Italian – of the 19th and 20th centuries.
It is the biggest  collection of paintings, sculptures and prints of artists, mostly Italian, from the 19th century to today. Discovering the main art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries between Romanticism and Metaphysics. Divisionism and Dadaism, getting to  know  and appreciate the contemporary art  through their main exponents.



Ara Pacis

It is situated  on the Lungotevere in Augusta,  at the corner of via Tomacelli. L’Ara Pacis Augustae is the name of the altar dedicated to Augustus to Peace in 9.B.C.,  it is one of the main  monuments  Augustan public art . The museum is part of the network of the museums of the municipality of Rome. It was opened  in spring 2006 after 7 years of  works and it was designed by the architect Richard Meier, with steel, travertine, glass and plaster. In spite of the discordant opinions, today the architectural structure is intact, even if the municipality expressed some criticisms about its real value in the city plan.



Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia (National Etruscan Museum)

It is a Roman museum of the  Etruscan Civilization , housed since the beginning of the XXth century in Villa Giulia.

The National Etruscan Museum was founded in 1889 with the aim of collecting together  all the Pre-Roman antiquities of Latium, Southern Etruria and Umbria belonging to the Etruscan and Faliscan civilizations. The single most famous museum is the terracotta funerary monument, the Sarcophagus of the Spouses which represents an almost life-seize couple of  Spouses  reclining as if they were at a dinner party.



Special Museums


Musical Instruments Museums -


Waxworks -


National Museum of pastries -


Keats-Shelley Museum -


Cinecittà Studios -



Historical Museum of Firemen -


Blades museum -  Via Pescaglia, 27 - Tel 06.55285165 - Only on rendezvous


Toys museum -


Museum archives of the historical museum -  via di San Michele, 18 - 0658552228 – free entry


Crime Museum


Jew Museum- Rome


Videogames Museum  -


Historical Museum of the art health


Museum of Nativity Scenes -



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