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Centrale Montemartini

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

It may be true that the Centrale Montemartini contains merely the leftover ancient statuary from the Musei Capitolini but, this being Rome, the dregs are...

Via Ostiense 106

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

Explora - Museo dei Bambini di Roma


Booking is essential at weekends and strongly advised on other days.

Via Flaminia 82

Galleria Borghese

Art, Museums

Begun in 1608 by Flaminio Ponzio and continued by Jan van Santen (Italianised to Giovanni Vasanzio) upon his death, the Casino Borghese was designed to...

Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
Major venue

Galleria Colonna

Art, Museums

Saturday mornings are your only chance to see this splendid six-room gallery, completed in 1703 by Prince Filippo II Colonna, whose descendants still live...

Via della Pilotta 17

Galleria dell'Accademia di San Luca

Art, Museums

The illustrious Accademia di San Luca (patron saint of artists; St Luke was said to have painted the Virgin and Child from life), housed in Palazzo...

Piazza dell'Accademia 77

Galleria Doria Pamphili

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The collection of one of the great families of Rome's aristocracy (spelled either Pamphili or Pamphilj), now headed by two half-British siblings, is a very...

Piazza del Collegio Romano 2

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Art, Museums

Several of the villas dotted around the park are the remains of a world exposition held here in 1911, and this neo-classical palace, dedicated to 19th- and...

Viale delle Belle Arti 131

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

Keats-Shelley Memorial House


The house at the bottom of the Spanish Steps where the 25-year-old John Keats died of tuberculosis in 1821 is crammed with mementos. A lock of Keats' hair...

Piazza di Spagna 26


Art, Museums

Rome's sluggish contemporary art scene was given a shot in the arm in the 1990s with the opening of a municipal modern art gallery in a stunningly converted...

Via Reggio Emilia 54


Art, Museums

Works to transform this former army barracks into the Museo delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI) have been stop-go since building began in 2001, to a design by...

Via Guido Reni 10

Mercati di Traiano


Excavations carried out in the Imperial Fora in the 1990s opened up massive amounts of archaeological space to the public, but the work is far from over. As...

Via IV Novembre 94
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