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“More beautiful than the Vatican Museums” 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 722 attractions in Rome
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Architectural Buildings
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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.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“More beautiful than the Vatican Museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We visited this before the Vatican Museums and this Palazzo is STUNNING. Family-owned and still lived in, it is drop-dead gorgeous - and empty! The audio guide is very nice and adds to the place. It's told by the current son and owner of the place in a perfect British accent. You can take all the time you want admiring this place and it was so relaxing and beautiful. You don't need more than 1 hour if you don't listen to all the audio comments on the pictures and don't look at every picture. But do listen to the comment about the famous portrait of a pope.
Just go: if you want to see art in a beautiful setting, go here. Skip the Vatican with it's 25,000 visitors a day!

Visited September 2013
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“How did I not find this sooner?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

On this most recent trip to Rome, I finally got around to visiting this museum. They have 4 Caravaggios along with some other recognizable paintings, so I figured it was worth a shot. It looked small and manageable and wouldn't eat up a full day like most other museums. I also noticed on their website that they now sell a photo pass! I wish more museums would do this. You stop into the bookstore before you purchase your entry ticket and for 4 euros, buy a bracelet that's a photo pass. You can't use flash or a tripod, but you can take photos in the museum.

You enter through a beautiful courtyard, into this palace (literally a palace) that used to be a private home. And my jaw dropped: from the outside you'd never guess that it would look like this on the inside. It was *grand* and opulent and the artworks were displayed the way they would've been when this was still someone's home: walls were filled with paintings, vs. the usual museum-style one-by-one on the walls. It was a manageable experience, too, in that it would take an hour to peruse the whole museum if you wanted to make a quick thing of it. It was a more intimate experience than the usual museum thing because it's on a smaller scale. I highly recommend it. Another bonus: it's not heavily-trafficked, so chances are you'll be the only one in there.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nice afternoon escape”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled into the courtyard of this palazzo from the busy main street and were suprised to find it a museum. Having time to kill we went inside with the complementary audioguides.. Essentially we were alone in this gorgeous palace, with a wealth of information and beautiful 18th century rooms and paintings to be admired. Especially loved the yellow rococo room! Even more suprised to find that this was home to the famous Velasquez portrait of Innocent X, and we could view it alone. It was a really cute afternoon! Only thing: a few places were closed off when we went, eg. the capella and a few of the art rooms.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Dreadful...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

After all the rave reviews I was really expecting something a bit special. As it is I'm hard pressed to think of a more gloomy experience: décor faded to the point of shabbiness, wall to wall oil paintings of the darkest hues and dreariest subject matter, all illuminated at the lowest levels possible (presumably in the interests of conservation). The eye of this beholder was singularly unimpressed. Approach with caution!

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“Well worth it. Not crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

You will marvel at the lack of crowds ,matched with the amazing art. And add to that this incredible setting. The sound recording guide is well worth it and practically a requirement. And I never get those things. This one is very informative, and not just on the art but on the history of the building and the families. The chance to stand alone in the room with the Velasquez painting of the Pamphili Pope is worth the price of admission in its own right.

Visited September 2012
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