History Museums in Rome

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History Museums in Rome

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  • Barry D
    Nantwich, UK2 contributions
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    The visit to this wonderful gallery was excellent in every aspect. The paintings which included Titian, Caravaggio, Velasquez , Brueghel and many others were superb. Many were helpfully explained on the audio guide. The gallery also includes a formerly private room now open to the public to view some of the more valuable parts of the collection. We particularly liked the fact that’s member of the family introduced certain rooms on the audio guide. It was a great informative experience. The entrance cost was a bargain. Highly recommended.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • tosl
    Jersey City, NJ815 contributions
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    It was pouring rain, so we skipped the Forum and I brought my twin teen daughters here instead to escape the rain. I am glad we did. Excellent museum to tour Rome's history through art. The top floor is filled with Roman frescoes - the best collection I have seen anywhere. Although my daughters started to get tired towards the end, we were dry and I loved it. Great museum and not crowded even in the rain.
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Ginge59_12
    London, UK648 contributions
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    This should be on everyones list!
    We visited on our last day so it drew everything we had seen together.
    Highlights- the marble samples and the views over the forum.
    Just make sure you go the right way round!
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Bambi84
    5 contributions
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    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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  • Sharon S
    Norfolk, England80 contributions
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    As my fourteen year old said "I'm trying to find a description for this place". 'Enjoyed' seems inappropriate, 'good' doesn't do it justice yet both apply. We whipped round as we were catching a train to Venice and only had a couple of hours spare. We would like to go back and have a more thorough look at the museum.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Holidaymaker82
    Southampton, UK27 contributions
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    Really enjoyed this interesting museum and liked the unique way of displaying the villa with the glass floors and lights to highlight different sections plus computers projections, made it a really different and informative experience. Only shame is the size of the group meant we couldn't always see everything and parents often let their children stand over the lit up area that was being talked about so noone else could then see it, or as there were so many people you could sometimes get stuck at the back/in hallway and not see it all. Also we didn't have anything about Trajan's column, which others mentioned in their reviews and I was looking forward to learning about, so not sure if they've eliminated this part of the tour. But otherwise an enjoyable experience we'd recommend.

    Just a note of caution, there is an adjoining café which looks like it's linked to the museum - it has the same signage across the whole area and a glass dividing wall/window near the entrance. We spotted the toilets there so popped in to use while we were waiting for the tour to start but before we could do so got shouted at by a very aggressive waitress that THIS IS A RESTAURANT!!!! We apologised and showed her we had tickets for the museum part and she just screamed NO DOMUS TOILET and pointed us to the door. I'm guessing they have many people make the same mistake as us and have got fed up! We did find another toilet in a courtyard as you start the tour but have no idea if this is part of the museum either but others used without issue so we did too!
    Written November 10, 2023
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  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    Maryland853 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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  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria21,023 contributions
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    There is not much to see in this museum, but there are terraces with very good views of all the Imperial Forums. It is much calmer here than in the Roman Forum
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, UK1,098 contributions
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    The site has some wonderful green space and exhibits both inside and out. Quite a lot to try and take in on just a single visit, but some really wonderful pieces and well curated.
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • MILOUW
    New York City, NY1,416 contributions
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    This Palazzo in the very heart of Rome displays a disparate collection of art works ranging from medieval paintings and sculptures to porcelain and suits of armor.
    Along the way you also discover the palace and some huge reception halls at times paved with Roman mosaics.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • John A Carter
    Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
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    I thought the museum was nice. I thought the price was a little high for what was presented, but display were really good some really good information and a lot of reproductions of some of his designs.
    Written March 12, 2024
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  • misterfuss
    San Francisco, California82 contributions
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    This site is uniquely without tourists and that makes it a solitary delight, wandering from room to room. The Roman era frescoes are rather primitive. They are nowhere near as grand as those at Herculaneum, or Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii, or Domus Aurea. However wandering around the maze of underground rooms is enchanting. I did not rent the audio guide. Instead I relied on the English language placards and my own research I printed in advance. The official route twists and turns. Eventually one reaches the confessio. This small delightful room is covered in frescoes depicting Saint John and Saint Paul as well as the martyring of Crispus, Srispianus, and Benedicta. Wander through a few more rooms and reach an unexpected cruciform shaped museum in the foundations of the above Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo. It was a great thrill to experience these well preserved underground Roman ruins in solitude. Visit the Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo afterwards and you may better understand the layout of the Case Romane del Celio beneath.
    Written December 16, 2023
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  • Derrick R
    Penrith, UK95 contributions
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    A very large and impressive site about a 25 minute bus ride from Rome city centre. The Roma pass is valid but, as we didn't have one, we spent €8 to get in. This gives access to the villa, Santa Maria Nova and some of the other sites in the archaeological park and is valid for several days. Not as well known or popular as Villa Adriana at Tivoli the Villa dei Quintilli is certainly worth a visit. You are likely to have the huge site virtually to yourself. The museum is very small but more than adequate and the staff very helpful and friendly (note...the staff I spoke to had limited English but that matched my limited Italian so we cancelled each other out, got along fine and made ourselves understood). The entrance is via the Via Attica Nuova (not Via Appia Antica unless you're happy to just look through the gates). We took the 118 bus service which ends it's service right at the entrance before turning round and returning to Rome city centre. If you choose to go by bus probably get on at either Piazza Venezia or Circus Maximus (across the road from the Metro entrance/exit)as the hawkers and beggars can be a nuisance at the Colosseo bus stop. Bank on spending 2 or 3 hours here, possibly more. You can walk back towards the city via the Via Appia Antica visiting more sites ic you want and jump back on the 118 when you've had enough walking for the day.
    Written March 30, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,660 contributions
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    Palazzo Conservatorio is one of the three grand palaces that encircle the Piazza del Campidoglio at the top of the Hill.
    You can see an awful lot in a short time at the Capitoline Hill. Even without going into the Capitoline Museums, the square is packed with ancient artefacts, historically significant sculptures and beautiful buildings.
    If you use the Cordonata stairs to enter the piazza, you’ll see the Palazzo dei Conservatori on your right.
    Pretty much everything you see here was designed (or re-designed) by the Renaissance master Michelangelo. The area was long neglected and by the 1500s it was in a sad and sorry state. Pope Paul III commissioned Michelangelo to rejuvenate it.
    The Palazzo dei Conservatori was already existing and historically, it had served as a palace for conservators or magistrates.
    Michelangelo gave it a radical re-design. The most striking new addition were the giant pillars or columns running from the ground to the top of the two storey building. He also added a flat roofline, crowned with balustrades and a row of statues that are silhouetted against the bright sky.
    Directly opposite, is the Palazzo Nuovo. The two buildings are mirror images of each other but Palazzo Nuovo was a brand new building, built from scratch. Together they give a very pleasing balance and symmetry to the piazza.
    Today, the two palazzi, Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori, house the Capitoline Museums which means that you can also go inside.
    Written February 4, 2023
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  • Matthew H
    1 contribution
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    Very interesting and important piece of history to remember. Most of the text is in Italian so you will need a phone to translate if you do not speak the language.
    Written July 22, 2023
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