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“For art lovers only”

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
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Doria Pamphilj Palace Gallery and Museum Private Tour with Local Guide
Ranked #37 of 1,497 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Stunning palace located in a central location. Full of galleries of gorgeous paintings. Make sure to ask for the audio guide to get the full experience.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“For art lovers only”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

You can skip this one. Unless you really want to ad 2 more Caravaggio's (early works), an outstanding Velazques and a minor Breugel The Elder to your list. The paintings are presented 'old school', frame against frame, from floor to ceiling. Lighting and viewing conditions are rather poor. Museum doesn't accept the Roma card, so you'll have to dig up 11 euro.

Visited November 2012
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 529 helpful votes
“Memorable, Inspiring”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

The main problem with this museum is that the average tourist won't be able to brag about it back home, as comparatively fewer people know a out it than the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Spamish Steps, or even the Galleria Villa Borghese.
But it definitely merits a visit of 1-2 hours, even for non-artsy types, and is easy enough to get to, on a main road (via del Corso) adjacent to major shopping areas and a short walk from the Pantheon or the Spanish Steps.
A private mansion open to the public the Doria-Pamphlj is engaging both as a palace (like a miniature Versailles and in some ways much more interesting) and as an art gallery (with some splendid Caravaggios, Titians, a Breughel, an extensive wing for landscapes, and both an oil painting and a marble bust (by Velasquez and Bernini, respectively) of an ancestor pope, both remarkable).
The admission of 9 euro includes an audio guide with commentary by a scion of the family. The text is interesting, has a light personal feel, and makes the palace seem to come alive with memories.

Visited November 2012
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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“Must See”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

A real look at how the Nobles of italy lived in the past. Be sure to take the free audioguide. Take your time and enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Excellent Museum Slightly off the Beaten Tourist Track”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Palazzo's entrance, off a courtyard on the east side of a large block, is not well marked and may be hard to find, but make the effort. The ticket price includes a recorded guide by the Palazzo's current owner, an Englishman. It's both informative and witty. Don't miss it. Since the museum is privately owned, its ticket is not part of any grouping of museums, but it does give senior discounts, even to non-European tourists.

In addition to seeing how an extremely wealthy Italian family has lived over several centuries, the treasures you'll see include two extraordinary Caravaggio paintings, the family's private mummified saint (of course!), and an exquisite Velazquez portrait of a steely-eyed ancestor, Pope Innocent X, someone I would not care to cross.

Visited September 2012
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Worth every second”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

It will take you a while to go through the whole gallery but it is worth every second of your time. The audio guide is included in the ticket price. A nice "touch" is that the audio guide has in part the voice of one of the family members who walks you through the rooms. Very rich gallery , conveniently on via del Corso, close to everything

Visited October 2012
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