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Arts & Museums
This is Italy's first collection dedicated to the decorative arts. It exhibits objects from architecture, fashion and design from 1700 to the modern day. One of the most famous pieces is the silver and gilded bronze cradle given by the Comune of Rome to King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena on the birth of Princess Iolanda. There are objects of glassware, pottery, furniture and clothes, some donated by famous designers such as Galitzine, Valentino, Lancetti, Gattinoni and the Fontana sisters. Admission: Free.
This collection is housed in a building constructed in 1613 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of Bernini's greatest patrons. In fact, this great sculptor has exhibited some of his most famous sculptures here; amongst them is the renowned Apollo and Daphne. When one thinks of the Museo Borghese, the sculpture that immediately springs to mind is Canova's Pauline Borghese, in which she poses as Venus, wearing just a drape around her midriff. There are six major pieces by Caravaggio in the Galleria, including The Boy with a Basket of Fruit and the Madonna della Serpe. Titian is also represented with Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael with The Deposition, and there are important works by Correggio. The gallery can only hold 300 visitors at a time, so it is advisable to book in advance.
This museum, situated within the Treasury, contains a collection of more than 20,000 items including coins, medallions, wax models and equipment used in the minting process. The papal medallions begin with Pope Martin V who started the first mint. Amongst the wax models the series by Benedetto Pistrucci is worth noting; he was a famous Roman engraver who worked at the London mint and he is responsible for the St. George on horseback that is found on the English pound coin. Take an identification card with you because you will need to leave it with the concierge after filling out a form. Admission: Free.
The MACRO Museum in Rome is an modern art museum that offers a permanent collection of some of the most important expressions in the Italian art scene since the 1960, with works by Italian artists. The Museum was founded in 1999 by the conversion of the old plants of Peroni beer. The new museum building has a large terrace of 2,500 square meters, parking for 161 cars and various museum services.
Such vibrant and expressive are the works of art at Galleria Tartaglia Art that you could almost reach forward and hold on to them. The exhibits at the gallery are an extension of one's wild and carefree nature with a riot of colors and a contrast of expressiveness. Artist Piero Tartaglia's brainchild is one of the best galleries in all of Rome and you can always view the work of the artist and his students as a part of the permanent collection too. The gallery has the works of quite a few artists who have dedicated themselves to promoting contemporary art.
Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Istituto Svizzero di Roma promotes artistic and cultural influences between Switzerland and Italy. This institution, inaugurated in 1947, was founded by the Swiss Confederation. Villa Maraini is where the main office is, to manage the operations. The library that was functional by 1948 consists of books exhibiting great historical and modern knowledge about the cultures of the Swiss land. Being a venue for a lot of exhibitions, seminars and lectures, this is a must visit! For event schedules and more information, visit the website or call ahead.
Part of the Museum of Modern Art of Rome, MACRO is dedicated to contemporary art. It acts as an exhibition space, hosting some of the most important events in Rome; it also seems to host a fair share of controversial artists. Do visit with your entire family as children under six go in for free.
Creepy, bizarre and completely captivating, the crypt of the Capuchin Friars is worth the venture off the well beaten tourist path in Rome. The crypt, or cemetery of sorts, lies under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Since 1764 the bones of over 4000 deceased Capuchin Franciscans were arranged in elaborate, decorative floor to ceiling designs spread throughout five rooms. Each room highlights certain bones, and the designs even extend onto the light fixtures. Skulls flanked by shoulder blades create angelic figures looming above on the ceiling and the final room contains the skeleton of a child grim reaper and the inscription "what you are, we once were too and what we are now, you will be". Morbid, but like nothing you have ever seen before or could even imagine.
The Baths of Diocletian are a group of public baths that were built in 298 CE and 306 CE. The huge structures could allow 3000 people to bathe at one time, making it one of the largest baths in the city. There are a series of cold baths and hot baths along with gyms and libraries for the people. The water for the baths were sourced via aqueducts. It is one of the four sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano.There are various exhibitions held here are worth seeing. The price is inclusive of the other sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano.
When the Commune of Rome allowed one of its no longer used administrative buildings in Villa Borghese to be used by a sculptor, it did not contemplate it being turned into a museum. The sculptor Pietro Canonica renovated the building at his own expense by promising to donate his works to the city. The museum was opened about 40 years ago and exhibits studies, models, sketches and original works of the artist. After the death of his wife, Canonica's house was also opened to the public where a collection of 19th-century Piedmontese paintings, objects and furnishings can be admired. Admission: EUR 2.
The Carlo Bilotti Museum is housed in a restored 16th-century marble palazzo that was once the Villa Borghese’s aranceria, a store-house for oranges. Bilotti, an Italian-American, donated pieces of art by Andy Warhol, Gino Severini, Giacomo Manzù, and Larry Rivers, along with 18 works by Greek-Italian surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, that comprise the museum’s permanent collection. De Chirico’s sculpture, Hector and Andromache, stands outside the museum entrance.
The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica) houses works by Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tintoretto, and Holbein, among many others. These paintings belong to the Barberini family's massive collection, most of which is scattered all over the world. Baroque architects Maderno, Bernini, and Borromini designed the palace. Two grand staircases lead to the main floor: the larger one was designed by Bernini and the smaller, oval construction by Borromini. On the first floor, the large ceiling of the Salone (main hall) was covered in frescoed by Piertro da Cortona and depicts the triumph of Pope Urban VIII. You'll notice the Bernini family symbol, a bee, painted or sculpted almost everywhere in the building.