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Rome Museums

Borghese Gallery
Piazzale del Museo Borghese
(06) 328 101 (info)
This ‘queen of all private collections’ was formed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the most passionate and knowledgeable art collector of his day. The collection – including works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael – and the mansion were acquired by the Italian state in 1902; a lengthy restoration took place in the 1990s.

Capitoline Museums
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1
Rome 00186
(06) 6710 2475

The Capitoline Museums are housed in two palaces that face each other. The one on the left of Michelangelo’s steps is the New Palace, which houses one of Europe’s most important collections of sculpture. It was designed by Michelangelo and became the world’s first public museum in 1734 by order of Pope Clement XII. The other palace, the ‘Conservatori,’ houses important paintings such as Caravaggio’s “St John the Baptist” and works by Titian, Veronese, Rubens and Tintoretto.

National Gallery of Modern Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 13,
(06) 322 981
The National Gallery of Modern Art includes works of Balla, Morandi, Pirandello, Carrà, De Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Fontana, Burri, Mastroianni, Turcato, Kandisky and Cézanne.

National Museum of Rome
Via B. de Nicola,79
(06) 488 0530
The National Museum of Rome, which possesses one of the world’s most important archaeological collections, is housed in three different facilities: the Baths of Diocletian, which include the Octagonal Hall, the Palazzo Massimo, and the Palazzo Altemps.

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome 00193 Italy
(06) 6988 3333
This unique art collection is exhibited in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. The magnificent Raphael Rooms are among the masterpieces of the collection, where each room is decorated with frescoes by great artists. The best known is The School of Athens, in which contemporary artists appear as classical characters (Leonardo da Vinci, for example, appears as Plato). The Sistine Chapel is the museum’s finest treasure, and features Michelangelo’s famous Last Judgement.

Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum
P.le Valle Giulia, 9.
(06) 320 1951
The Villa Giulia National Museum was founded in 1889 with the aim of collecting together all the pre-Roman antiquities of Latium, southern Etruria and Umbria, and mostly contains finds from excavation conducted in Latium between the Tiber and the sea and belonging to the Etruscan and Faliscan civilizations.