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“A Wonderful Collection” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Via del Corso, 305, Rome, Italy (Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori)
+39 390 679 7323
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Ranked #40 of 1,443 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Stunning palace located in a central location. Full of galleries of gorgeous paintings. Make sure to ask for the audio guide to get the full experience.
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“A Wonderful Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Open on a Monday when most of Rome is closed this turned out to be a lovely collection of art and decorated apartments on the via Corso. It was originally the home of the Pamphilij nephew of a pope who quit the church to marry. The family started collecting art (and apparently money). Be sure to use the audio guide.

Visited November 2012
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“Still lived in by Doria Pamphilj family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Tucked away off Via Corsa this was surprisingly quiet - possibly because being privately owned it's not included in Roma Pass. Had a personal feel though with some amazing paintings.

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“private palace art collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

all the art objects have been kept in this family and never sold. Several Caravaggio paintings that I have never seen are here. The furnishings, altho a bit worn are a magnificent picture of this important time in Rome's history. The original owner was a nephew of the Pope.(check this for correctness please)

Visited October 2012
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“Gorgeous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

If you are the kind of person who likes going on house tours, this place is for you. This is a stunningly beautiful, still inhabited home, that is open to the public. The audio tour which is included with admission, gives the listener an insiders' story about the home and how power and influence converged to create this beautiful place. Lessons in art and history abound.
NOTE: not part of the tours that have discounts with the Roma Pass.

Visited October 2012
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“A MUST to every "Rome's Top Ten Sites" List!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Until yesterday afternoon, I had never heard of this remarkable museum, must less visited it. Now, it forms part of my Top Ten places to visit in the Eternal City. Here's why:

1. The Art: Just as all the reviews claim, this palazzo contains a mind-boggling amount of important art. If the Borghese and Barberini villas contain hundreds of paintings, then the Doria-Pamphilj contains thousands. Even if you only go to look at the museum's most famous painting of family ancestor Innocent X by Velazquez, it'll have been worth it.
2. The Acoustiguide: Narrated by a descendant of the Doria-Pamphilj family (which is still well-known in Italy today), the text is educational without being preachy. What a treat! And just as visitors to the Forum love to learn about how the ancient Romans lived, this Acoustiguide provides all sorts of touching anecdotes on life in what is apparently one of the largest private palazzi in the country.
3. The Faded Glory: You might notice that the silk-covered walls are slightly tattered or that the woodwork needs freshening up. But this is a living palace, with the descendants of the Doria-Pamphilj family still inhabiting the private quarters. To take in all there is to see here is to grasp what art collecting meant to a patrician family during the Renaissance. It isn't about acquisitiveness--it's an enduring testament to a family's pure love of art. The palazzo may appear worse for the wear, but you come to understand that the power of a painting is forever. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that a visit to this museum is the perfect way to end a trip to this remarkable city--you leave with a clearer understanding of what makes Rome "eternal"--it's simply the culmination of the lives, loves and interests of individuals whose legacy lies in the mundane and the glorious--from "simple" ancient artifacts to a private residence filled with art, ready to welcome anyone who has the time to visit.

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