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Linked to the famed Madame Tussaud's in London, the Museo delle Cere recreates historical scenes such as Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa surrounded by the Medici family and Machiavelli. Another scene shows Mussolini's last Cabinet meeting. There is of course a chamber of horrors with a garrotte, a gas chamber and an electric chair. The museum was built to replicate similar buildings in London and Paris. It is a must visit if one is ever in the city in order to take home some unforgettable memories.
The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are archeological and art museums located in Piazza Campidoglio at the top of Capitoline Hill. Michelangelo redesigned the buildings making generous use of giant order columns, a novelty at the time. The museums are made up of the Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino, and the Palazzo Nuovo, all linked by an underground gallery beneath the piazza. A massive collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian sculptures and artifacts are housed at the museums, in addition to more modern pieces. The 1st Century BCE Greco-Roman sculpture Lo Spinario, in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, is one of the collection's most impressive works.
The Palazzo della Piccola Farnesina, built in 1523, houses the Museo Barracco di Scultura Antica, formed from a collection of pre-Roman art sculptures, Assyrian bas-reliefs, Attic vases, Egyptian hieroglyphics and exceptional Etruscan and Roman pieces. The collection was put together by Senator Baracco whose statue can be admired in the palazzo's inner courtyard. This is one of Rome's younger museums- the works on display were donated in the early 20th Century. Admission to the museum is free, however a nominal fee for an audioguide is charged.
Galleria Spada is situated in one of the most beautiful palaces in Rome-Palazzo Spada. This gallery contains a splendid collection of Old Masters, including Caravaggio, Guercino, Brueghel the Elder, and Domenichino. Although the gallery contains many beautiful works of art, the principal attraction remains Barromini's false perspective, wherein you are tricked into believing that a particular gallery is much longer than it truly is. Discounted rates are only applicable to European Union citizens.
After 15 years of restoration, the Renaissance Palazzo Altemps has reopened. The lovely Ludovisi collection, at the Museo Nazionale Romano with many figures of mythological heroes can once more be admired. Much of the statuary is Roman but produced in Greek style. Some works are 2000 years old. The Ludovisi throne showing the birth of Venus is the most famous of the statues. The price of the ticket is inclusive of the other three sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano- the Baths of Diocletian, Crypta Balbi and Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.
Museum-Atelier Canova-Tadolini is a museum-restaurant with a rich history. It is a 19th century studio of famous sculptor Antonio Canova, who then passed it to his pupil Adam Tadolini. Today, after four generations of engaging in the art, the studio has metamorphosed itself into a museum and houses this posh cafe as well. Drop in here for gastronomic delights in the midst of beautiful sculptures. And if you are an art lover you will find like-minded people discussing the subtle nuances of art and sculpture, while relishing on the fine Italian cuisine offered here. Alla pepe and the rich pastas are especially recommended. Call ahead for more information.
Housed in a Neo-Renaissance palace built at the end of 19th century, the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, you find one of the most important archeological collections in the world. All the sculptures, Roman coins and fragments of mosaics here at Museo Nazionale Romano are described in Italian and English. The four floors of the museum house spectacular statuary like Lancellotti Discobolus and the Maiden of Antium.
Built at the behest of Emperor Diocletian between 298 CE and 306 CE, the Baths of Diocletian formed the largest public bath complex of the Roman Empire, with a capacity of 3000. The sprawling complex encompassed a gymnasium, library and public baths, with tepid, hot and cold water options. Decorated with sculptures and elaborate stucco work, the baths were once an awe-inspiring sight in both scale and grandeur. The siege of Rome in 537 CE brought with it the end of the Baths of Diocletian when the aqueducts were cut of by King Vitiges. In 1561, much of now ruinous bath complex was lost when Pope Pius IV commissioned Michelangelo to construct the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli at the site. Today, the ruins of Hall 10 of the Baths of Diocletian have been revived by the National Museum of Rome, showcasing a once treasured piece of the ancient city of Rome. Tombs, sarcophagi, mosaics and other relics from the baths have been preserved, alongside a reconstitution of the hall and its ruins. The site is surrounded by a 16th Century garden lavishly embellished with historic artwork, adding to the allure of this historic site.
Hendrik Christian Andersen was a Norwegian-born American sculptor and painter whose travels brought him to Rome, which he then made his home. Upon his death in 1940, his home and belongings were bequeathed to the Government of Italy, after which his living quarters were transformed into a museum. Many of his own sculptures are housed here, as well as works by many contemporary artists. Andersen firmly believed in the concept of a 'World City', where the surroundings would be beautified with art, and which, in his mind, would lead towards a Utopian state. This theme is of the utmost significance in the gallery, filled as it is with monumental pieces on themes such as maternity and love, which would beautify the buildings in his ideal city.
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.
National Museum of the XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) stands with an aim to promote all the forms of contemporary art. This magnificent structure takes pride in housing the first national museum in architecture, housing all the products and documents involved in architecture as an entity. The MAXXI showcases artistic productions through conferences, documentaries, presentations of cinema and video series, concerts and dance performances. All in all, a great place that educates and enlightens every visitor, right from an art connoisseur to a layman.