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Discover the 5 best museums in Rome

The Italian capital is a stunning blend of archaeological sites, churches, museums and modern art. If you are planning a trip in Rome, here are the 5 best museums to visit in Rome :

1. The Galleria Borghese

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Nestled in the greenery of the Villa Borghese park, the Borghese Gallery has one of the richest art collections in the world. Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s (1557-1633) was a passionate collector who amassed new works throughout his life. His collection promotes two artists in particular that proved to be true geniuses: the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Caravaggio painter. Their work is well represented in the Galleria Borghese, but there are also other world famous works such as Venus Victrix of Antonio Canova. This sculpture was also scandalous because it was the Princess Pauline Borghese half naked, something unthinkable at the time. When visiting, be sure to admire the beautiful ceilings, often painted in trompe-l’oeil. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday and it is necessary to book at least one day before the visit.

2. The Church San Luigi dei Francesi

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Built in the 16th century, San Luigi is the church of the French in Rome, but its appearance is decidedly Italian. For proof, the Chapel Contarelli where you can admire the works of the Baroque master Caravaggio. The decoration of the Chapel Contarelli lasted several years and very nearly never ended. She lives spend several artists who do not eventually work before we do confit young Carvaggio the task of decorating the walls. What he did with his three famous paintings illustrating St. Matthew’s life. These works marked a turning point in the career of Caravaggio.

3. The MAXXI

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Rome has always been one of the destinations for a city break in Europe, and she did not need a « Bilbao effect », a phrase coined to describe the boost that gave the Guggenheim Frank Gehry to Spanish city. It can not be denied that the spectacular building MAXXI (the art museum of the 21st century), designed by architect Zaha Hadid, ignite and literally propels Rome in the architectural revival era. In the popular neighborhood Flamino, the concrete and steel building hosts exhibitions in his image, explosive and radical, all dedicated to architecture and contemporary art.

4. The Doria Pamphili Gallery

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The Doria Pamphili Gallery should attract visitors even less attracted to the art. This museum, which concentrates the largest private art collection in Rome, located in a palace from the 16th century. It originally belonged to Cardinal Santoro before being integrated into the family heritage Pamphili in the 17th century. The collection was completed over the centuries and today includes many pieces from masters such as Titian, Raphael and Carravagio. There are nearly 400 paintings, sculptures, mirrors and other works of art that can be admired today in the Doria Pamphili Gallery.

5. The Farnesina House

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The Farnesina House is a Renaissance palace from the 16th century, located near the Botanical Garden in Rome. It was built by Agostino Chigi, banker and treasurer of Pope Julius II. Later in 1590, the building was acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, which it takes its current name. The palace is renowned among others for its beautiful frescoes, works of painters Raphael and Baldassare Peruzzi. Raphael’s fresco is particularly distinguished for 5 pieces that form a beautiful set of colors and art. Peruzzi decorations in the room of the first floor also deserve to have it lingers a long time. The room is called the « Hall of perspectives » and frescoes create an optical illusion of columns, arches and views overlooking Rome. Absolutely incredible!

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Pascaline Marie

celia@travel-insight.fr

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