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Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

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Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 67 | Museo Nazionale Romano, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses...

Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses beautiful mosaics and Roman statuary.

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Located right next to the termini station, this museum is a hidden gem of roman mosaics, frescoes, and sculpture. Don't miss the top floor for some of the most stunning and well... read more

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this museum two different days --- the collection was interesting on 3 main floors. However, they had one floor closed each time we visited saying it was "due to not enough staff members". Their responses were short with no attempt to be helpful when asked questionsl. Perhaps they should rethink how they staff the museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Located right next to the termini station, this museum is a hidden gem of roman mosaics, frescoes, and sculpture. Don't miss the top floor for some of the most stunning and well preserved imperial Roman homes, completely transported from their original locations and reconstructed here. Get a glimpse of how the Roman upper class really lived.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had passed on visiting this museum on our previous trip to Rome, but were very pleasantly surprised. The main floors showed artwork and artifacts covering a broad span of time. The statuary was surprisingly good, although it can't beat the Archeological Museum in Naples. The real surprise was the collection of coins in the basement -- from very ancient... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You could spend a couple of days without seeing everything. Artifacts, statues, paintings of all sizes from the 1st Century to modern times, The tour ends with the Sistine Chapel. Make sure you book and advance ticket, or you will be in a lines up for a very long time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a rainy morning at the National Museum of Rome, viewing the ancient sculptures and frescoes. There are a huge number of sculpted heads which are hard to appreciate after a while, but there are also several larger sculptures that simply take your breath away ( such as the boxer and discus thrower). There is also a fascinating display... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been in Rome for nearly a week before we visited here and by then had done most of the ancient ruin sites and although tour guides helped them come to life there was still the fact they lacked impressiveness in the area of the artistic excellence. This building is where a lot of very good ancient Roman Art... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second museum in 24 hrs, it did not disappoint. The mosaics and fresco on the top floor are utterly unique and wonderful. Like the Capitoline, this museum was relatively deserted, much to our pleasure and advantage. I was able to sit in the reconstructed room of frescoes from Livia's House alone, and admire the beauty of 2000 year old... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I studied art in college and to visit most of the National Galleries of every big cities in the world is a personal gift to myself. Sculptures, sarcophagus, frescoes, tiled floors of ancient Rome are many, many gifts I felt I opened that Saturday morning at the Palazzo Massimo. Since we did not see the HOUSE OF LIVIA at the... More 

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Hillsdale, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has the murals from the palace of Livia. They are stunning. A really excellent museum that doesn't seem to draw the crowds of other national museums but is well worth the ticket price.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had six full days in Rome. It is impossible to see everything but if you have an extended time it Rome you wouldn't want to miss this especially if you are a history buff. What I really enjoyed with the walk through early Roman history and their rulers on through the fall. This took about two... More 

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