Established in 1506, Vatican Museums is a collection of different museums that house masterpieces from the bygone era. The museum houses 54 galleries and is home to the Sistine Chapel as well. The museums were founded by Pope Julius II. The museum attracts millions of visitors throughout the year and is touted to be one of the top five most visited museums in the world. Visitors are offered guided tours to the museum and can see fine works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, Ghirlandaio and Botticelli among a plethora of other artists. Major highlights of the museum includes the double spiral staircase dating back to 1932, The Gallery of Maps from the 16th Century, the Raphael Rooms and epitaph of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus.
Palazzo Delle Esposizioni with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art.
This theater is famous for its cabaret and satirical shows, starring Italian actors famous in this particular field, many of whom used this theater to launch their careers. The elegant foyer recalls times gone by and attracts an aristocratic Roman audience. This theater truly provides an experience of a lifetime. For more information on event schedules and reservations, call ahead.
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.
A vibrant theater and a hot spot for performing of arts, is a vast space which can accommodate more than 400 guests. Beautiful balconies accessible through walkways, provide a panoramic view of the dramas and plays. Theater-lovers throng the place and get their tickets booked in advance.
Owned and managed by the City of Rome, La Casa del Jazz is one of the best Jazz venues in Italy. A 150-seat auditorium is located inside the arched Villa Patronale, where concerts, conferences, and screenings are held, alongside a media library open to the public, bookshop, and cafe. Local and internationally-acclaimed musicians are welcomed here, where concerts are intimate but well-attended. Apart from its commercial and cultural functions, Casa del Jazz provides a platform for upcoming artists, who are encouraged by the management to play on its distinguished stage from time to time.
Centrally located and easily accessible from most of the tourist attractions, Scholars Lounge is a great place to unwind, for drinks, food and watching your favorite matches. This Irish pub and sports bar with its woody decor will remind you of a chapel due its layout. Engravings of famous Irish literati and poets adorn the walls with dangling Irish flags above them. Though the days are quiet, the nights are a different thing altogether. Bustling with a mixture of expats, students, travelers and more, the lounge takes on a more lively and festive environment. The sports bar features right wide TVs so that sports fans can enjoy their matches along with some amazing Guinness or other drinks. The pub offers a wide range of beers, pub food which also features Italian bruschetta, chicken curry and a range of other favorites. Live music - rock, pop or funk, karaoke nights and weekly quiz nights make it even more entertaining. The staff is English speaking and is one of the friendliest in the city.
This church was built to house an icon of the Madonna that was venerated with particular fervor by the Romans - they held it responsible for the miracle of the liberation from the plague. The construction works were entrusted to the architect Carlo Reinaldi. The Baroque design is less ornate than others of its time, with a façade devoid of statues or stuccoes. There are works by Luca Giordano, Sebastiano Conca and Baciccia. Among the artefacts worth a look are a portable altar and a Byzantine mosaic in the Capella delle Reliquie, and the beautiful gilded shrine by Antonio de Rossi, bearing the image of the Madonna.
Founded as an open-air theatre at the beginning of the 20th Century, it is today probably the youngest of the great Roman theaters. Traditionally, it has been a theater chosen by the great actors, such as Marcello Mastroianni, the De Filippo family, Franca Valeri and Gabriele Lavia. With a busy schedule that's full of wonderful cultural programs and performances, the theater showcases several hits, all year long. The performance venue also features a smaller, more intimate stage called Piccolo Eliseo Patroni Griffi which seats 270 persons. Please check their website for the current shows' details.
Located within the Cineteca Nazionale, Sala Trevi is an 100 seater posh cinema that is one of the neighborhood favorites. Named in memory of Alberto Sordi, he is one of the missed veterans in the Italian circles. The comfortable and spacious seating with the company of popcorn and refreshments brings the perfect movie experience. They also offer deals to purchase ten tickets for 30 euros only. Mondays closed. Call ahead for more information.
One of the most appreciated places in the neighborhood of Monti, Caffè Bohèmien can be visited for fun times as well as for quiet moments or reading your favorite book. The small menu consists of contemporary pastas, soups and other dishes for quick bits. They also offer a small cocktail, wines and whiskey collection to enjoy in the company of the grand piano that can be played by anyone. Their space can also be used by photographers, painters and artists for exhibiting their work for the arty patrons. So whether a casual hangout or an entertaining evening dinner, this place is sure a must visit! Reservations on the weekends is a must. Check out the website or call ahead for more information.