Museums & Galleries

I don’t think I’ve been to half the museums in Rome but I already have some favourites.

Borghese Gallery

Piazza Scipione Borghese 5
Ticket office: (39) 06 328 10

Caravaggios galore, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love (which took my breath away), the Bernini sculptures and Canova’s “Paolina Bonaparte” that was sculpted in my building. How could this not be a favourite! In fact it’s so popular that you must reserve your tickets beforehand (in summer it can be days ahead) and you have only two hours to see everything.

Hendrik Christian Anderson Museum

Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 18
Tel. (39) 06 3219089

This museum is devoted to the works (primarily sculptures) of the artist Hendrik Christian Anderson, which are well worth a look, but it also has fantastic temporary exhibitions on the top floor. It’s a short walk north (away from the city center) from Piazza del Popolo and entrance is free!

Chiostro Del Bramante

Arco della Pace, 5

Tel (39) 06 68809036

This museum is a delight to visit and is centrally located behind Piazza Navona. It has a great line up of temporary exhibitions but also boasts a lovely cafè that is open to the public without paying the admission fee. It is definitely worth a look and maybe an aperitivo.

Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Piazza dei Cinquecento or Largo di Villa Peretti, 1

(+39) 06 39967700

Despite the fact that this museum is opposite “Termini”, (Rome’s central train station), it is ridiculously obscure to find on the internet or in any of my guide books. In fact I wouldn’t even trust the phone number I have written above. Welcome to Italy ! and think of this place as your own personal archeological dig! I once took a group of students here and even though they were not as passionate about ancient Roman art as I was before they entered, they were when they left. I’m a sucker for mosaics and if you don’t have the time to go to Pompeii on your trip, you might just like to pop in here. It is only 6 euros and it is highly likely that you will be the only person in a reconstructed room surrounded by beautiful frescoes. I loved it!