Rome is perhaps one of the most important places in Europe where you can come into direct contact with ancient, classical and Renaissance art, where you can admire busts and Roman frescoes hundreds of years old, or famous paintings hidden in obscure galleries belonging to museums or churches, but it is also the city where you can come into contact with contemporary artists. Find out in which museum there are paintings by Caravaggio and where you can see the Pieta by Michelangelo, but also where you can admire a series of sculptures of the Renaissance or where you get to visit a miniature Versailles during a city break in Rome.
- Vatican Museums
Even if the Vatican Museums are not officially in Rome, but in the independent state of Vatican, they must be passed immediately to the list of museums that should be seen during a city break in Rome. There is not solely one reason to visit, but many more. For tourists, the main attraction is the Sistine Chapel, but it's good to know that you can not spend more than a few minutes admiring the ceilings painted by Botticelli and Michelangelo. You will find Raphael rooms equally crowded. Do not miss the Basilica of Saint Peter that you can visit during the same lap, where you will find the tomb of the saint, and the most famous work of Michelangelo's Pieta.
Location: Viale Vaticano. Admission: 16 euros. Allocate at least 4 or 5 hours in which to spend in the Vatican.
- Borghese Gallery
If you’re not too fond of Renaissance painters, but you are fascinated by Baroque, then you could visit the Borghese Gallery, which houses one of the most impressive private art collections in Rome and even in the world. On the first floor you will find Greek and Roman sculptures, including Bernini's sculpture, David, and upstairs wonderful paintings of Messina, Raphael, Rubens and Caravaggio, with his famous picture of David with Goliath's head. Besides the impressive tour in the world of art, you get a second advantage if you're in a city break in Rome along with your friends or loved one. After visiting the art galleries, you can also enjoy the park surrounding the Borghese Gallery, you can even take a boat and go on the lake in one of the most beautiful scenery in Rome. All you have to do is to book your flight to Rome, to find a hotel and start exploring.
Location: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, no. 5. Entry: 11 Euros. You have to make your reservation online here; allocate three-four hours to visit Borghese Gallery and Gardens.
- Carlo Bilotta Museum
In the vicinity of Borghese Gallery you can explore a museum that is not on the sightseeing map - a place in which you will not come across dozens or hundreds of people, which you might even find empty. Carlo Bilotta museum is worth visiting, especially if you are interested in modern art and Giorgio de Chirico. Here you will find 23 paintings of the painter which had been donated by entrepreneur Carlo Bilotta, so if Chirico's metaphysical paintings fascinate you, or you suddenly became curious about what they are like, you can enjoy them during your stay in Rome. This Italian painter is considered to be as important as Dali for his approach on modern art. Besides the permanent exhibitions, you can visit the temporary exhibitions as well.
Location: Villa Borghese Gardens. Free entry.
- Doria Pamphilj Gallery
Pamphilj Gallery is usually not on the must-see list for tourists who begin a city break in Rome. But the gallery is worth seeing because it resembles a miniature Versailles; maybe a little more untidy, but with hundreds of paintings exhibited in several rooms of the palace that belonged to the descendants of Pope Pamphilj. Even today, the palace belongs to the same aristocratic family. You can admire paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael or Breughel the Elder in one place.
Location: Piazza del Colegio Romano. Admission: 11 euros. You do not need more than two hours to visit Doria Pamphilij Gallery.
- Gagosian Gallery
Opened in 2007, Gagosian Gallery in Rome is a place where you want to stop if you are interested in modern art and would like to see an exhibition of some of the most interesting contemporary artists. Among the big names who have temporary exhibitions, Gagosian galleries include Urs Fischer, Rudolf Stingel or Avedon Warhol. It's good to know that the gallery in Rome is part of a series of art galleries located in most major cities snd run by Larry Gagosian, one of the most influential 100 people when it comes to contemporary art.
Location: In the historic center of Rome, Via Francesco Crispi to 16. Free entry.
- Musei Capitolini
Do you want to pay a visit to the oldest public museum in the world? Then put Musei Capitolini on your list of attractions that you desire to see in a city break in Rome. If you are fascinated by history, gods, figures of bronze, Roman mosaics, imperial portraits, mythological characters, at Musei Capitolini you will catch one glimpse of most of Rome's artistic periods.
Location: Piazza del Campidoglio, no. 1. Input: 14-15 EUR depending on the exhibits you want to see. You could spend your day and a half here, but 4-5 hours can be enough to visit the major exhibitions that you're interested in.
- Palazzo Altemps
A less known place in Rome is a perfect getaway for you if you have always been fascinated by the sculptures and shapes, and not necessarily paintings and colors. In the yeard of Altemps Pslsce you can admire sculptures from the Renaissance and inside the ediffice you will have access to an impressive collection of sarcophagi from the early centuries of the Roman Empire. In the same museum complex, Museo Nazionale Romano, you will find Palazzo Massimo; here you can admire a collection of valuable frescoes and also Roman statues dating from the first centuries of imperial Rome.
Location: Near the Termini Station. Entry costs just 7 euros for adults and is valid for all the museums that are part of Museo Nazionale Romano.
- CineCitta Studios
If you want to get to a place that leads you to dream, then you must choose Cinecitta Studios, where you can always wake up on the set of films that are still in production. On the other hand, if you reach a CineCitta, remember Fellini's “La Dolce Vita” or Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”, and these are just two of the movies that were filmed in Rome. There is a permanent exhibition dedicated to Federico Fellini and movie set that seems to have “frozen” in medieval times, when Florence and Rome looked so much different. Cinecitta is worth visiting just to see the history and the largest film studio in Europe.
Location: Via Tuscolana 1055. A tour guide alongside cost you 20 euros, 10 euros general access.
- Maxxi - the National Museum of Art of the XXI Century
Forget about ancient Rome and Renaissance paintings and take advantage of a complete change of perspective at the MAXXI Museum dedicated to 21st Century Art. You'll be able to watch the most unique contemporary installations and exhibitions. And if you're an architect, the more you have to get here during a city break in Rome, to see this magnifficent building designed by architect Zaha Hadid.
MAXXI will overwhelm you with the neofuturist aura that even changes the scenery of the surrounding environment, as happens with any other building designed by the English-Iraqi artist. MAXXI complex will surprise you because it's full of steep passages, spaces and rooms that are completely innovative. Thus is it that locals and tourists are fascinated by the place itself, but also exhibitions of contemporary art, which are becoming increasingly attractive.
Location: Via Guido Reni, Flaminio district. Admission: free admission Monday to Friday, and 11 Euros during the week end.
- Dorothy Circus Gallery
If you are one of those who have read with delight Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, well, Rome is a very special holiday and a bit surreal; you can visit it if you want to get in contact with “art immersion” - as Alexandra Mazzanti, the founder of the galleries, calles it. At Dorothy Circus Gallery you will find permanent exhibitions of contemporary artists who are less known than Michelangelo or Caravaggio, and who have quite a different approach from the classic Italian artists. Among the big names, the gallery includes Jonathan Viner, Tara McPherson, Alex Gross and Joe Sorren. You will not feel like in a circus, but you get to explore the distorted world of pop surrealism during your Rome's city break. Who said that Rome is only a city of ancient ruins?
Location: Via dei Pettinari. Free entry, the weekend gallery is open until 20:00. Gallery is closed Sunday.
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