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“Peaceful museum away from the crowds”

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps
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Private Tour: Classical Rome Art History Walking Tour
Ranked #83 of 1,735 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: This archeological museum features the Ludovisi art collection and many ancient sculptures, frescoes and painted ceilings, gems of the Roman Renaissance.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The museum is right in the centre of Rome but seems to be ignored by tour groups, so it's a nice peaceful way to see an interesting collection of Roman sculpture.

The exhibits are well presented, usually one or two sculptures per room. There is a lot of information (including in English) on the walls, so don't feel obliged to get an audioguide. I didn't think there were any knock-out/stunning pieces, but the cumulative effect is the important thing and you come out feeling you know a bit more about Roman art.

Don't throw your ticket away afterwards - it can be used in three other museums including the Museo Nazionale Romano near Termini station.

Thank Dohfar
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Palazzo Altemps has a wonderful collection of sculptures, especially the colossal Ludovici sarcophagus. They are arranged in rooms with gorgeous frescoed walls and ceilings, given space and well-lit.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

My wife and I have been going to Rome for over 12 years and have never been to Palazzo Altemps until 2012. We will never miss it again; it is phenomenal. Palazzo Altemps is unquestionably one of the best museums in Rome. In our minds, the ancient sculpture collection is second only to the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery. The sculptures are larger-than-life and are displayed on pedestals; there is ample room to walk around each sculpture, and you don’t have to tussle with others trying to do the same. The museum is much more spacious and uncrowded than either the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery. The marble mosaics and frescoes – which are the most complete and the largest we’ve seen outside of Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily – are striking in their perfection and size. Not-to-be-missed are the hundred-or-so busts, bas-reliefs, and frescoed loggias . Be sure to get an archaeological pass, which is good for unlimited access for three days to four different museums.

1  Thank Paolo-Chris
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Really enjoyed spending an hour here. 10 EU entry fee. Lovely cool/ air conditioned palazzo. The building itself is beautiful especially the frescoes. Some lovely graeco roman statues. Excellent way to get a bit of culture and stay out of the midday sun. A Top 10 site.

Thank alexmaclennan
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is another branch of the National Museum of Rome, conveniently located near the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Its collection is a little smaller than the branch at the Palazzo Massimo and its almost exclusively Roman sculptures. But its an outstanding collection. Highlights include the Suicidal Gaul and the great Ludovisi Throne.

The setting is an old palazzo and its a very attractive setting. The display is attractive and there are no crowds.

1  Thank Leonsreed
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