Hidden Treasures in Museums

Rome is among the Italian cities the one that boasts the largest number of museums and monuments. Here there are centuries and centuries of history, from archaeological finds dating back to the origins of the city to works of art by contemporary artists.

MAXXI Museum
MAXXI is the National Museum of 21st Century Arts. It is located in the Flaminio district of Rome in the former Montello Barracks. The project is the work of the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. MAXXI houses the museum for architecture, the museum for the 21st century arts, a space dedicated to experimental productions as well as other usable spaces such as the library, the auditorium and areas dedicated to live events and teaching. The art collections are made up of over 400 works from the 70s and 2000s by international artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Francesco Clemente, William Kentridge and Gerhard Richter. In this area there are also works by emerging artists: painting, photography, sculpture , installations. MAXXI Architettura boasts a collection of photographs, models and sculptures by various Italian architects from Aldo Rossi to Carlo Aymonino. And finally photography with over 1000 prints by contemporary authors including Mimmo Iodice and Barbieri.

Vatican museums
The Vatican Museums constitute the museum pole of the Vatican City and were founded in the sixteenth century by Pope Julius II. They collect all the works of art accumulated over the centuries by the popes and for this reason the collection is among the largest and richest in the world. In addition to the Sistine Chapel famous for its frescoes including the Last Judgment by Michelangelo Buonarroti and the frescoes by Raphael that adorn the papal apartments, there are archaeological finds, works of art by world-famous artists such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Matisse and Dalì.

National Galleries of Ancient Art Barberini and Corsini
Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini make up the museum complex of the National Gallery of Ancient Art. In addition to conserving what remains of the Barberini family’s art collection, Palazzo Barberini houses works of art ranging from the 13th to the 18th century, including those by: Raphael, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Bernini, Canaletto and Mengs. The Palazzo Corsini collection consists of works of Italian and Flemish painting from the 16th and 17th centuries and is the only 18th-century picture gallery that has remained almost completely unchanged today. Among the works on display are those of Jacopo Bassano, Raphael, Caravaggio, Poussin, Pieter Paul Rubens just to name a few.

Museo Dell’Ara Pacis
The Ara Pacis Museum, on the Tiber, allows you to visit one of the oldest monuments in Rome: the Altar of Peace by Augustus. It was inaugurated in 9 BC. to celebrate peace after the victories in Gaul and Spain. The reliquary built to protect the altar designed by the architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo was then replaced by the construction of a real museum in steel and glass by the architect Richard Meier. decorative elements of the Ara Pacis retracing the origins of Rome and the glories of Augustus. Useful info: the museum is part of the Musei in Comune circuit.

Villa Borghese Gallery
Villa Borghese is the third largest park in Rome and one of the main attractions of the city. Inside it houses the Museum and the Borghese Gallery where works of art of great value are exhibited. Among these we find Bernini’s sculptures “Apollo and Daphne” and “Paolina Borghese” by Canova. Not to be missed: Raphael’s “Lady with a unicorn”, Botticelli’s “Madonna and Child” and Caravaggio’s “David with the head of Goliath”. Inside the park there are also two Civic Museums in which the works of De Chirico and Andy Warhol are exhibited.

Capitoline Museums
The Capitoline Museums in Piazza del Campidoglio are divided into two buildings, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo. This is the first most important and oldest public museum in the world founded in 1471 by Sixtus IV and accessible to everyone since 1734. The Lapidary Gallery connects the two palaces and allows visitors to move from one building to another without having to leave the museum. In the Palazzo dei Conservatori it is possible to admire several Renaissance frescoes in addition to the sculptures of Bernini, the legendary Capitoline Wolf nursing Romulus and Remus are exhibited ancient marbles and bronzes.

ETRU National Etruscan Museum
ETRU is the Etruscan National Museum housed in two Renaissance villas, Villa Giulia and Villa Poniatowski surrounded by greenery. Villa Giulia was built by Pope Julius III between 1550 and 1555, in Renaissance style it boasts an architectural garden, nymphaeums and fountains. The construction is the work of prestigious artists: Bartolomeo Ammannati, Giorgio Vasari and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The rooms contain frescoes depicting the Seven Hills of Rome. The remains of the necropolis and ancient Etruscan jewels are preserved in Villa Giulia. Then there is the Templio di Alatri, a reproduction of an Etruscan-Italic temple of the III-II century BC. Villa Poniatowski is the second seat of the ETRU and its rooms contain finds from Latium Vetus and Umbria.

Jewish Museum of Rome
Inserted in the monumental complex of the Tempio Maggiore (Synagogue), it was built in the area that once hosted the Jewish ghetto of Rome. The Jewish Museum covers about 700 square meters and consists of seven rooms with different themes that allow you to reconstruct Jewish life in Rome since the second century. The collection consists of about 900 fabrics and 400 silvers for liturgical use.You can also visit the Spanish Temple built towards the end of the 19th century by the Jewish Community of Rome with the intention of reserving an oratory for the Spanish rite that was officiated in Rome. already in 1492 by the Jews who were expelled from Spain.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum
The Leonardo da Vinci Museum is located in Campo de ‘Fiori in the Palazzo della Cancelleria. A permanent exhibition dedicated to the legendary Leonardo. Studied down to the smallest detail and well cared for, it offers visitors the opportunity to get to know the over 200 machines designed by the universal genius, to interact with 65 models reconstructed following Leonardo’s codes and admire 9 animated holograms. The strong point of the museum is precisely the high technology used to offer a truly unique experience, characterized by interactivity. Visitors can touch and try all the machines. At the end of the museum tour you go down to the basement of the Palace to visit a priceless treasure: the tomb of Aulus Irzio, Caesar’s lieutenant who died in 43 BC. in the battle of Modena. Useful info.

National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
G.N.A.M. in Rome was founded in 1883 and boasts a collection of over 20,000 works of modern and contemporary art. Two sectors that host great masterpieces including the works of Antonio Canova, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. And then again Pistoletto, Modigliani and Klimt. A museum itinerary that truly leaves you speechless and allows you to discover some of the most beautiful works created from the 19th century or today.

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