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“What a rich collection”

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
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Owner description: Built onto the ruins of the Domitian theater, this splendid palazzo houses beautiful mosaics and Roman statuary.
New York City, New York
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“What a rich collection”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is an archaeological museum with wonderful statuary including the discus thrower, two of them, in fact, one of which is the most complete of its kind. Then there are the mosaics which are entrancing, some with tesserae perhaps ¼” long, and with shading on the figures created by the use of different color pieces of stone.
The room that holds Caligula's boats that were retrieved from the bottom of a lake in 1928 is fascinating.
But perhaps the best holdings of the museum were the frescos from various villas. They were entrancing, with pieces located on the walls in the exact position in which they were originally found. Thus there were walls where there were only 1 or 2 fragments on the upper part but with almost complete lower parts. Many of the latter were painted in black with wispy figures on them engaged in different activities. Some were from the underground grotto of Livia’s (Augustus’ wife) villa and showed her garden with many different plants in bloom and bearing fruit, and many different birds. Also amazing were the frescos from the Villa of Farnesina of which many rooms in different color schemes--the yellow bedroom, the green room, and others--were displayed. Exquisite.

Visited April 2013
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Los Altos, California, United States
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“Beautiful museum”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We loved wandering through this gorgeous museum looking at all the statues. It's a lovely place, and admission includes visiting the Baths of Diocleziano and the Crypta Balbi.

Visited June 2013
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“Introduction to Rome”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The museum was small enough to cover quickly but encompassed enough to give you a great timeline of Roman history.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We like to see the world renowned art and we like to know the History of the places that we travel to. This was interesting and showed a range of information we did know and didn't. A lot of Museums in Rome right now have lent out important pieces and it's a shame some of the ones we wanted to see were loaned out but some were even loaned within the city... The ticket costs 10Euros and allows you access to the four National Roman Museums scattered around the city (an adventure)... value for money and interesting, go if you're staying at least a week as this isn't really something you ABSOLUTELY MUST see, just a very good thing to catch if you can manage.

Visited June 2013
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“Nice museum”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Interesting museum. Don't bother with the audioguide-- it says pretty much what the posted information does and it is written in Italian and English.

Visited July 2013
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