Where to find the best Rome museums to visit and how to choose between top tourist attractions? The Capital of Italy has too many things to do. A week-end or 5 days are not enough to see so much art.
These Rome museums haven't been selected in order of preference. They are all very interesting regarding their magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures and objects.
The Vatican Museums inside the Vatican City are ones of the World greatest museums. Visiting by few million people every year, there is a lot to see. It can take at least 3, 5 hours and more to see the main points of interest. The Sistine Chapel with the most famous Michelangelo's fresco The Creation of Adam and the Raphael Rooms with Raphael's frescoes are on your way to the museums.
Near the entrance on the lower floor, you see the statue of Laocoon in the Pio-Clementine Museum. A little further on the same floor, there is the Egyptian Museum, the Vatican Library and at the end the Sistine Chapel.
Continue your visit, the upper floor to Raphael Rooms. On your way the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps are also the most beautiful parts of the Vatican Museums. Last Sunday of each month free entrance from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
The Palazzo Nuovo contains a large collection of bronze statues. You can see The Dying Gaul on the second floor and Cupid and Psyche sculpture. Continue to explore this level you will arrive at the Hall of the Philosophers. The Capitoline Venus is also famous a copy of 4th Century BC.
The Palazzo dei Conservatori displays well-known bronze statues, the Boy with thorn, She-Wolf (a wolf with the Twins Romulus and Remus. On the third floor you will find an art gallery.
The Palazzo Altemps is one of the four buildings belonging to the National Museum of Rome. The building is located near the Piazza Navona square and the Baroque Sant'Agnese in Agone Church. A beautiful collection of Greek and Roman sculptures from the 16th and 17th Centuries are displayed here. You can see the sculpture The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife.
Museum of the Baths of Diocletian is located inside most important public baths during the great time of Roman Emperors. Address: Viale Enrico de nicola, 79 Rome. Metro: Repubblica Teatro dell'Opera. Visit also Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri church in the frigidarium. In the same area you will find The Cloister of Michelangelo.
The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme displays a rare collection of coins, jewelry, sculptures, frescoes. Main interests: The Discus Thrower, Dying Niobid and the Sarcophagus of Portonaccio.
The Crypta Balbi is the rest of an old Roman theatre where you can see thousands of objects found during the excavation.
The Galleria Doria Pamphilj is inside the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. You will find a very large collection of masterpieces from the 16th 17th century, Bernini, Caravaggio... Address: Via del Corso, 305 Rome.
Collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities in the art gallery inside the Villa Borghese Pinciana. Famous works by Bermini. Address: Piazzale del Museo del Borghese 5, Rome.
Other Rome museums and galleries: Museum of Musical Instruments, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome...