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1. Galleria Borghese

4.5 of 5 bubbles18,173

Anuj_Mithani
By Anuj_Mithani
Housed within a 17th-century Roman villa srt amidst gardens, this museum showcases both Sculpture and Paintings.
Art MuseumsVatican / BorgoAdmission tickets from $30

WilliamHutton
By WilliamHutton
It was a very picturesque castle with a amazing view of the Vatican City State's St. Peter's Basilica on the top.

RoddieA
By RoddieA
It contains a marvellous collection of art - from paintings to sculptures and frescos to tapestries - all enclosed in...

4. Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

4.5 of 5 bubbles2,754
Art MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ FioriAdmission tickets from $33

wkup
By wkup
WOW !! a magnificent hidden gem !! amazing collection in breathtakingly decorated rooms - prepare to be awed ! the au...
History MuseumsEsquilino

106denisee
By 106denisee
... astonishing frescoes from Roman villas, amazing marble statues, incredible bronzes from Caligula’s boats, and bes...

6. Welcome To Rome

5.0 of 5 bubbles1,360
Children's MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

jimmcl61
By jimmcl61
Fabulous introduction to the history, architecture, geology, and geography of Rome.
History MuseumsLudovisi / Via Veneto

Birgitta-Kenneth
By Birgitta-Kenneth
This is just an amazing breathtaking museum to visit and the crypts that you will visit and the stories/history surro...

8. Musei Capitolini

4.5 of 5 bubbles2,933
History MuseumsPiazza Venezia / Ancient City

U1525HXtedc
By U1525HXtedc
Through a huge, and stunning collection of art and artifacts, the Capitoline museum take you on a journey of how Rome...
Architectural BuildingsTrevi

sarahinparis
By sarahinparis
Small hidden gem in Rome, great for kids - this Roman senator's villa was found underneath other buildings in great c...

10. Palazzo Barberini

4.5 of 5 bubbles1,141
Art MuseumsEsquilino

TheAngeloS
By TheAngeloS
... houses some incredible statues, frescoes, paintings, globes, and busts of Barberini cardinals and Pope Urban VIII.

11. Centrale Montemartini

4.5 of 5 bubbles741
Art MuseumsOstiense

SpanishStepsApt
By SpanishStepsApt
An amazing and never-crowded museum with ancient Roman antiquities displayed in a funky old power plant - a great exa...

Grigeli
By Grigeli
Great museum for modern Art with a lot of wonderful Art of Italian mastaers as well as some other great names such as...

13. Villa Farnesina

4.5 of 5 bubbles837
Art MuseumsCentro

MidwestKathM
By MidwestKathM
... piano nobile with "trompe-l'œil" wall frescoes depicting a loggia with columns and the city and countryside beyond.
Children's Museums

Go30865665364
By Go30865665364
We combined the visit with exploring Piazza del Popolo.

930enidw
By 930enidw
What an amazing museum of Etruscan artefacts housed in the atmospheric 16th Century Villa of Pope Julius 111.
Science MuseumsVatican / BorgoAdmission tickets from $18

simonastegmann
By simonastegmann
The museum offers a great insight into the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, and it is very interactive, which makes it ent...
Ancient RuinsCentro

BestRegardsFromFar
By BestRegardsFromFar
I would highly recommend anyone to visit this informative museum before visiting the less informative but still very...
Art MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

EJS50
By EJS50
It's a mansion full of wonderful collections beautiful laid out, including Egyptian, with frescoes and wonderful deco...

19. Museum of Light

5.0 of 5 bubbles124
Science Museums

F2709IXnataliak
By F2709IXnataliak
It was a good decision as the museum was very interesting and we had a lot of fun! Very nice bonus for a a very frien...
Educational sitesCampo Marzio

Conseiller99
By Conseiller99
... statuary, including the many statues, fountains and the obelisk in the center of the beautiful expansive gardens.
Points of Interest & LandmarksEsquilino

soinic
By soinic
The cloister hosts a very interesting museum which shows special artefacts explaining Roman everydays life a long tim...

22. Complesso del Vittoriano

4.5 of 5 bubbles1,295
Speciality MuseumsPiazza Venezia / Ancient City

KatrinaMolini
By KatrinaMolini
It’s free except the elevator to the panoramic terrace up high and the museum.

23. Museo Leonardo da Vinci

3.5 of 5 bubbles583
Art MuseumsCampo MarzioAdmission tickets from $14

Noraatc
By Noraatc
Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci, located at the lower level of the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, was especially inter...

24. Jewish Museum of Rome

4.5 of 5 bubbles656
Religious SitesGhetto

EMcCy
By EMcCy
Wonderful exploration of the history and lives of the Roman Jewish Community.

25. Museo dell'Ara Pacis

4.0 of 5 bubbles1,081
Speciality MuseumsCampo Marzio

Brun066
By Brun066
Yet this document of austere and elegant architecture, as well as sublime sculptural art (the anonymous sculptors are...

26. Chiostro del Bramante

4.0 of 5 bubbles718
Art MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

W8730FKlaurat
By W8730FKlaurat
Chiostro del Bramante it's a beautiful museum and coffee shop, we enjoyed the museum, the church and a nice wee break...
Architectural BuildingsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ FioriAdmission tickets from $27

Foillan
By Foillan
This super museum was the home of popes and had Mozart performing there as a teenager.

28. Museos Vaticanos

4.0 of 5 bubbles461
Speciality MuseumsTrionfale

candy1o1
By candy1o1
You literally have to wait until almost the end of the museum tour before being crammed into the room of the Sistine...

29. IKONO Roma

3.5 of 5 bubbles140
Speciality Museums

lizzr2015
By lizzr2015
Those who don’t appreciate it really need to learn how to open their minds to a new translation of how art can be enj...

30. Case Romane del Celio

4.5 of 5 bubbles234
History MuseumsCelio

misterfuss
By misterfuss
... and reach an unexpected cruciform shaped museum in the foundations of the above Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

31. Scuderie del Quirinale

4.5 of 5 bubbles707
Art MuseumsTrevi

KXLingle
By KXLingle
The current exhibition (through January 2022) is Inferno, curated by Jean Clair.
Architectural BuildingsMonti

cheshirepaul2015
By cheshirepaul2015
Amazing exhibition and good to see the Boris Mihailov and space exhibitions too.

33. Galleria Spada

4.0 of 5 bubbles374
Art MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

HaMo1822
By HaMo1822
The museum contains four rooms with great painting, mostly from Italian painters.
Speciality MuseumsDella Vittoria

mattr767
By mattr767
Worth the money for the uniqueness, if gaming is of interest. Being able to play and original Atari ET game was a...
Art MuseumsTrastevere

117madsk
By 117madsk
Beautiful small museum.

36. Musei Di Villa Torlonia

4.5 of 5 bubbles106
Speciality MuseumsNomentano

jcummingsjr2
By jcummingsjr2
For those with a keen curiosity for 20th Century history, I would highly recommend a visit to the Museum di Villa Tor...

derrick90332016
By derrick90332016
If you choose to go by bus probably get on at either Piazza Venezia or Circus Maximus (across the road from the Metro...

38. Technotown

4.0 of 5 bubbles78
Game & Entertainment CentersNomentano

DLG2
By DLG2
We attended the special effects one which included the kids acting with a blue screen behind them. One minute our...

39. Casina delle Civette

4.5 of 5 bubbles157
Speciality MuseumsNomentano

58philipp
By 58philipp
Beautifully restored lead-inset windows. A guide is worth to take along you. And take your time to enjoy the park as...

40. Museo di Roma

4.0 of 5 bubbles335
Speciality MuseumsNavona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

Santino49
By Santino49
A real gem hidden in plain sight, the Museo di Roma has an eclectic collection of antiquities, archeology and recent...

What travelers are saying

  • Kori M
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They say this is one of the most prestigious art galleries of Rome, and it does not disappoint. The sculptures are really the star of the show with a variety of rooms on the first floor to view. There is so many beautiful pieces to view and do not forget to look up at the ceiling either! The only reason I give 4/5 is due to the second floor being a little underwhelming as there is not very many pictures to look at, but also the only way up is a very old lift (capable of 2 people at a time max) or twisty spiral staircase which might not be very suitable for those who are impaired with their mobility.
    Written July 23, 2024
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  • ThorwaldVikingAsgaar
    Winter Park, FL171 contributions
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    The Mausoleum of Hadrian, also known as Castel Sant'Angelo ( English: Castle of the Holy Angel), is a towering rotunda (cylindrical building) in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy, close to the Vatican City with gorgeous views from top over Rome and Vatican City.

    It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The popes later used the building as a fortress and castle, and it is now a museum. The structure was once the tallest building in Rome.

    The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian, also called Hadrian's mole, was erected on the right bank (or northern edge) of the Tiber, between 134 and 139 CE.

    Originally the mausoleum was a decorated cylinder, with a garden top and golden quadriga. Hadrian's ashes were placed here a year after his death in Baiae in 138, together with those of his wife Sabina, and his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, who died in 138. Following this, the remains of succeeding emperors were also placed here, the last recorded deposition being Caracalla in 217.

    The urns containing these ashes were probably placed in what is now known as the Treasury Room, deep within the building. Hadrian also built the Pons Aelius facing straight onto the mausoleum – it still provides a scenic approach from the center of Rome and the left bank of the Tiber, and is renowned for the Baroque additions of statues of angels holding aloft instruments of the Passion of Christ.

    The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian, also called Hadrian's mole, was erected on the right bank (or northern edge) of the Tiber, between 134 and 139 CE.

    Originally the mausoleum was a decorated cylinder, with a garden top and golden quadriga. Hadrian's ashes were placed here a year after his death in Baiae in 138, together with those of his wife Sabina, and his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, who died in 138. Following this, the remains of succeeding emperors were also placed here, the last recorded deposition being Caracalla in 217.

    The urns containing these ashes were probably placed in what is now known as the Treasury Room, deep within the building. Hadrian also built the Pons Aelius facing straight onto the mausoleum – it still provides a scenic approach from the center of Rome and the left bank of the Tiber, and is renowned for the Baroque additions of statues of angels holding aloft instruments of the Passion of Christ.

    Much of the tomb contents and decorations have been lost since the building's conversion to a military fortress in 401 and its subsequent inclusion in the Aurelian Walls by Flavius Honorius Augustus. The urns and ashes were scattered by Visigoth looters (Vandals) during Alaric's sacking of Rome in 410, and the original decorative bronze and stone statuary were thrown down upon the attacking Goths when they besieged Rome in 537, as recounted by Greek scholar & historian Procopius.

    An unusual survivor, however, is the capstone of a funerary urn (probably that of Hadrian), which made its way to Saint Peter's Basilica, covered the tomb of Roman Emperor Otto II and later was incorporated into a massive Renaissance baptistery.
    The use of spolia from the tomb in the post-Roman period was noted in the 16th century.

    Legend holds that the Archangel Michael appeared atop the mausoleum, sheathing his sword as a sign of the end of the plague of 590, thus lending the castle its present name. A less charitable yet more apt elaboration of the legend, given the militant disposition of this archangel, was heard by the 15th-century traveler who saw an angel statue on the castle roof. He recounts that during a prolonged season of the plague, Pope Gregory I heard that the populace, even Christians, had begun revering a pagan idol at the church of Santa Agata in Suburra.
    A vision urged the pope to lead a procession to the church. Upon arriving, the idol miraculously fell apart with a clap of thunder. Returning to St Peter's by the Aelian Bridge, the pope had another vision of an angel atop the castle, wiping the blood from his sword on his mantle, and then sheathing it. While the pope interpreted this as a sign that God was appeased, this did not prevent Gregory from destroying more sites of pagan worship in Rome.

    The popes converted the structure into a castle, beginning in the 14th century.

    Pope Nicholas III connected the castle to St Peter's Basilica by a covered fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo.

    The fortress was the refuge of Pope Clement VII from the siege of Charles V's Landsknechte (Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria from 1519 to 1556, King of Spain from 1516 to 1556, and Lord of the Netherlands as titular Duke of Burgundy from 1506 to 1555. He was heir to and then head of the rising House of Habsburg) during the Sack of Rome (1527).

    Pope Leo X built a chapel with a Madonna by Raffaello da Montelupo. In 1536, Montelupo also created a marble statue of Saint Michael holding his sword after the 590 plague (as described above) to surmount the Castel.

    Later Pope Paul III built a rich apartment, to ensure that in any future siege the pope had an appropriate place to stay.

    Montelupo's statue was replaced by a bronze statue of the same subject, executed by the Flemish sculptor Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, in 1753. Verschaffelt's is still in place and Montelupo's can be seen in an open court in the interior of the Castle.

    The Papal State also used Sant'Angelo as a prison; Giordano Bruno, for example, was imprisoned there for six years. Other prisoners were the sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini and the magician and charlatan Cagliostro. Executions were performed in the small inner courtyard. As a prison, it was also the setting for the third act of Giacomo Puccini's 1900 opera Tosca; the eponymous heroine leaps to her death from the Castel's ramparts.

    During earlier times, the prison had another remarkable function. Cornelis de Bruijn mentioned that when Pope Clement X died in 1796, all prisoners with heavy sentences were transported to St. Angelo. Then, as soon as the papal seat became vacant, the local city council would release all prisoners from Rome's prisons except those that were locked in St. Angelo. This chain of events was, according to Cornelis, a custom every time the pope died.
    Written June 21, 2024
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  • Maria123
    Stirling, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    With 14 years management experience in one of the UK’s most visited historical attractions I can safely say this is one of the best attractions I have visited. The level of customer service from the meet and greet onwards is outstanding. The visitor is made very welcome and on this occasion we were informally greeted by the Prince who still retains apartments in this grand palazzo. Our tour guide for over two hours was Rebecca Harden a friendly and consummately professional guide with a vast knowledge of her subject and not thrown by any left field questions by our group of keen historians and art lovers. The pop up cafe provided by Le Lanterne provided fresh snacks and drinks with extremely polite and knowledgeable staff.
    For those who love art , history and architecture this is a palazzo not to be missed and a highlight of our visit to Rome.
    Written July 10, 2024
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  • Aleesha B
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful paintings and really nicely furnished palace! Feels like you have stepped into a time portal. Very reminiscent of the Dolmabache Palace in Istanbul.
    Written July 20, 2024
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  • Art is heart
    Mumbai, India682 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boxer in this musuem is a gift to those who appreciate Art.Beautiful bronzes of Medusa/Alexander, Peaceful Oasis away from the cacophony .
    The top floor has such mesmerizing frescoes n mosaics.
    The marbles of Nero, Artemis, and many more are so well detailed.
    Must visit
    Written May 3, 2024
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  • Bambi84
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience on our first evening in Rome. Amazing way to get the history of Rome and the relevance of the places you are seeing and walking past.
    Written November 17, 2023
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  • Gav
    Ireland61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very unusual tour , fascinating really and very informative and not the mad queues or price gouging that are at some of the other attractions in the city. We enjoyed it and would recommend
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • elisabethrotsch
    San Diego, CA27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great museum. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the rooms and exhibits. One can take photos inside.

    We purchased our tickets in advance directly from the museum website.
    Written June 25, 2024
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  • LD Rabbits
    Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was one of the most interesting and exciting sites I’ve visited in Rome. It was not just the excitement of seeing well-preserved mosaics and wall frescoes right in their original site: a brilliant technological visualization fills in the missing parts so that little by little you discover you’re now looking into a complete ancient Roman dining room, for example, with stunning results. I’ve been to Rome twice, majored in classical studies in college, and have more or less kept up (less, to tell the truth), and have never been so struck by seeing archeological remnants, and certainly never seen a “reconstruction” like this one.

    Tours are in groups, but you get a headset that speaks your own language. If you sign up for the 10 am or 5 pm tour, there’s an additional 20 minutes or so video with close-ups and explanations of Trajan’s column, which has nothing formally to do with the Domus other than being literally a few steps away (currently the real thing is inaccessible to visitors because of major reconstruction work in the area). Learning about its construction—astonishing in itself—its original setting and what’s engraved on it was eye-opening for me. I’ve noticed in reviews that some find the film too detailed or academic, and I suppose you could have that attitude, but it’s not long, it’s a relief to be able to sit down for a while, and I think most people would find it well worth the time spent. I’m very glad I saw it.

    After the obvious attractions (Colosseum, Pantheon, Domus Aurea, Palatine & Forums, Vatican) Domus Romane Valentini should be next on anyone’s list of must-visits.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA17,051 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the grand buildings in this very grand city. There was some construction going on while we were in town, so it was hard to get a good look. Lots of people around, of course. Rome was very crowded with tourists.
    Written July 13, 2024
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  • Linda D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a great spot. Love the combination of industrial and art. Worth a visit when you are in Rome. My husband and I really enjoyed it.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Amy O
    2 contributions
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    This wonderful museum is an easy walk from central Rome through the Gardens of the Villa Borghese. The pride of lions sprawled on the front steps is your first clue that you have arrived at a special place. In addition to the art gallery, plan to visit the gorgeous restaurant, where the decor brings the green of the park right inside the room. You can get tickets ahead online, but the day we visited there was no line anywhere, and there were plenty of free lockers just inside the door. Have fun!
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, MI1,071 contributions
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    I am always on the lookout for new sites in Rome to see during our visits with our Italian cousins. I was drawn to this Renaissance villa built in the early 1500s for a wealthy businessman Chigi (he worked for the Pope) for its Cupid and Psyche ceiling fresco by Raphael. It's just inside the main entrance. Throughout the villa (self-guided tour without a map or arrowed signs), we saw the Raphael-inspired The Triumph of Galatea fresco ceiling by Peruzzi, who also painted the large salon on the piano nobile with "trompe-l'œil" wall frescoes depicting a loggia with columns and the city and countryside beyond. The staircase to the piano nobili has a beautiful white ceiling in contrast to the dark wooden stairway. Don't forget to look up at the ceilings; some are quite stunning. Check out the views out the windows to the gardens below. Some galleries have historical exhibits about the Villa, the area, and the city. Afterwards we did stroll into the gardens, the flower garden adjacent to the villa, and the larger tree-shaded gardens on the property. Our Italian cousin accompanied us on this visit as he had never been here before (and maybe had not heard of it); he so enjoyed what he saw that he was spreading the word throughout the family during our time with them.
    Written June 27, 2024
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  • Gillian R
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited with kids aged 7 and 11. We were a bit worried that the exhibits would be too young for the 11 year old but there was plenty for him to do. Kids really enjoyed it, lots of interactive stuff to do for the 1hr45 slot. Nice cafe and restaurant to visit afterwards. Great change of pace from the siteseeing for the kids.
    Written October 18, 2023
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  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    Maryland846 contributions
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    If you have any interested in learning about the Etruscans, this is a museum to visit without a doubt. It is arranged for an optimal art and learning experience, providing documentation in both Italian and English (other languages at various exhibitions). There are multiple floors of priceless objects with a high level of technical sophistication to the right extent. After two hours of a leisurely pace and few other visitors (what a plus for Rome), I still hadn't explored some of the significant spaces on the second level. I highly recommend this museum for anyone interested in learning about the Etruscans. Kudos to the Director and his staff for making this an incredible learning journey!
    Written April 8, 2024
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