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“One can dream......” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Via del Corso, 305, Rome, Italy
39 6 6797323
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Ranked #25 of 688 Attractions in Rome
Type: Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, History Museums, Cultural
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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.
Montferrand du Perigord, France
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“One can dream......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

A stunning palazzo, in part still the home of the Doria Pamphilj family, we happened upon it by accident, attracted by the view of the tranquil central courtyard, that we could see as we were walking past. Very informative free audio guide given on entrance, narrated apparently by the present owner, latest in the line of descendants of this very privileged family, Jonathan Doria Pamphilj. This private collection has some wonderful works, and the building itself is a work of art. It is so easy to imagine the lives lived within these walls. An absolute treat!

Visited February 2013
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“Personal Touch to see a lovely gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Breughels and ballrooms and the Velazques versus Bernini view of the pope who made his family the Pamphilj's very rich. You must get the spoken guide by a family member, who absolutely brings the place to life with his great stories and his skilled History of Art commentary. Open on a Monday unlike many of the other places, which are state owned we had a lovely trip here and thoroughly recommend it. Oh and the coffee shop The Cafe Doria attached at the end was good too for pasta and coffee, even if some of the cakes were more image than taste!

Visited February 2013
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“A hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lovely palace in the centre of rome but was quiet and not over run with tourists. A guided information player is given on arrival so you can go through the rooms at your own pace and choose what to learn about. Fabulous art.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful museum - a highlight of Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This huge palazzo is apparently still the residence of the Doria Pamphilj family. They have acquired a huge art collection over the centuries, particularly during the reign of Pope Innocent X (who was a member of the family). I find it amazing that such a huge place in the centre of Rome remains in private hands. For me it was one of the highlights of Rome, along with the Borghese and Barberini galleries.

As others have commented, the audioguide here is excellent, a good example for other museums to follow. The early part is narrated by one of the current Doria Pamphilj family, and is full of fasincating details.

The museum is really in two parts - first a walk through the grand state rooms such as the ballroom and the chapel, then a look at the extensive art collection. The art collection is mainly around the upper floors of a courtyard, with the paintings crowded in and covering every part of the walls. Use the audioguide to make sure you see all the highlights, such as Velazquez's portrait of Innocent X, several Breughels (the Elder) and two Caravaggios (one of which was about to undergo restoration, the subject of an interesting exhibition).

There's a good cafe in the building - turn left just before going up the main stairs (or go back later, you can get in from the street).

Visited January 2013
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“A peek at a private art collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were a bit hesitate to pay the entrance fee here, but we decided it is worth it, because it is one family's art collection (of course with a great history behind it), it has a tremendous variety of art from different ages and you can wander without other people bumping into you (although it was winter). We took the guided headset tour and the commentary was by a descendant of the Doria Pamphilj family.

Visited December 2012
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