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Museo di Roma in Trastevere


If you happen to be in Trastevere with nothing much to do, you could take in this modest museum and be pleasantly surprised, especially if you have children...

Piazza Sant'Egidio 1B
Tags: History

Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

Art, Museums

This offshoot of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna occupies an art nouveau villa between the river and viale Flaminia. This was the studio-home of...

Via PS Mancini 20

Museo Napoleonico


Blink and you could miss any mention of Napoleon's reign in Rome - from 1798 to 1814 - in standard accounts of the city. But dreams of empire were the...

Piazza di Ponte Umberto I
Tags: History

Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

Art, Museums

If you've had enough of ancient and papal Rome, try this impressive collection of Oriental art, in a dusty palazzo near Santa Maria Maggiore. It's arranged...

Via Merulana 248

Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali


This small museum is a treat for musicians and music-lovers. A recent wash-and-brush-up means that this formerly musty collection now has video loops and...

Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 9A
Tags: Music

Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari


All you wanted to know (and much more) about Italy's national staple. Multilingual CD players guide visitors through 11 rooms dedicated to the...

Piazza Scanderbeg 117

Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia


Founded in 1889 in the splendid Villa Giulia, this collection charts the development of the sophisticated, mysterious Etruscans. The villa was originally...

Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9

Museo Preistorico ed Etnografico L Pigorini


This museum displays prehistoric Italian artefacts together with material from a range of world cultures. The lobby contains a reconstruction of the...

Piazza G Marconi 14

Palazzo Barberini - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

Art, Museums

Top architects like Maderno, Bernini and Borromini queued up to work on this vast pile, which was completed in just five years, shortly after Maffeo...

Via delle Quattro Fontane 13

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