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Crypta Balbi

Attractions, Museums

Part of the Museo Nazionale Romana, the Crypta Balbi is often overlooked on travellers' itineraries. It's a pity: not only does it display one of Rome's...

Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31

Galleria Spada

Art, Attractions, Museums

Time was when this ornate gem of a palace contained one of Rome's most charming little museums; but staffing cuts and general neglect by authorities (the...

Piazza Capo di Ferro 3

Il Palatino (The Palatine)

Attractions, Museums

While you may not believe the story that Romulus killed his twin brother Remus for crossing the property line he had staked out on the Palatine,...

Via di San Gregorio 30/piazza di Santa Maria Nova 53
Major venue

Il Vittoriano

Attractions, Museums

It's worth climbing to the top of this monument, not only to appreciate the enormity of the thing, but also to see the charmingly kitsch art nouveau...

Piazza Venezia/via di San Pietro in Carcere/piazza Aracoeli
Free

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

The Italian state's spectacular collection of ancient art underwent a radical reorganisation in the run-up to 2000. It is now divided between the Terme di...

Largo di Villa Peretti 1

Vatican Museums (Musei vaticani)

Attractions, Museums

It's a brisk ten-minute walk around the Vatican walls from St Peter's to the Vatican Museums. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1503, this immense collection...

Viale del Vaticano
Major venue

Villa Farnesina

Attractions, Museums

Villa Farnesina was built between 1508 and 1511 to a design by Baldassare Peruzzi as a pleasure palace and holiday home for the fabulously rich papal banker...

Via della Lungara 230