Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
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A world-famous collection of masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and Titian.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 4 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 5 min walk
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,398 contributions
Museum
Aug 2019 • Couples
This museum is set in beautiful grounds with an excellent exterior.
We were only walking by bit impressed by its exterior facade.
Written 28 August 2019
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reddress20
Kent, UK152 contributions
Rude staff, overpriced, not worth it
Aug 2018 • Couples
Walking in I asked the price for 2, paid €12 (from London, I am used to museums being free, and think they all should be throughout the world), and walked through to the first entrance. I was stopped by the uninterested lady there who told me that was only 1 ticket, and that we needed 2. So it was €12 for 1 person, honestly so expensive. After trawling back to the start point to pay for another ticket, having not been explained to beforehand about cost, entry procedures, or anything about having to put bottled water in the lockers (for an extra €1!!), and to be stopped yet again for this, it just felt like a waste of time and money. And the attitude of the staff was appalling.

The museum itself was ok, but the 2nd floor was closed which we weren't informed about or given a discount on entry for. The building the museum was in was actually better than the pieces themselves with a lovely spiral marble staircase.

The pieces were a strange mix of pieces, from incredibly old art to a weird video of Natalie Portman doing a indie film.

Overall I wouldn't bother, just head to the gardens with some water to relax in the shade on your way home.
Written 12 August 2018
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Justmyopinion
Toronto, Canada2,194 contributions
We lucked out
Sep 2017 • Family
That's right!
It's the 1st Sunday of the month so it was free.
Ok it's not the Pitti Palace but I don't think anywhere is.
Still it's not bad. It was raining so we needed a good place to go and we hadn't explored this neighbourhood.
I think it's worth going just not a top ten
Written 3 September 2017
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formershrink
New Jersey, USA651 contributions
Underappreciated
May 2017 • Solo
I'm not sure why my Rick Steves guide to Rome didn't mention this museum. It has a wonderful collection of medieval and renaissance paintings. Caravaggio's "Judith Beheading Holofernes" alone is reason enough to go. What adds to the loveliness is that very few people are there.

I noticed that a prior review complained of no air conditioning, which seems a bit preposterous given that the museum contains priceless paintings. In any case, the air conditioning was working the day I went.
Written 27 May 2017
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Mary B
Victoria, Canada1,371 contributions
A Managable Collection of Not-So-Antique Art
May 2017
It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that the art on display at this gallery is the art from the antique period 2000 years ago; really it is European (mostly Italian) from the renaissance to the mid-1800s. There are some nice pieces and teh collection is laid out in such a way that everything is viewable easily. I'd still like to know how Holbein's "Henry VIII" got there, but you'll see the expected Lippi and Caravaggio works. In all it's a pleasant collection, easy to stroll pass and then to stop for the pieces that most interest you.

Here in the thrid week of May, quite a few rooms (maybe a quarter to a third of them) were closed. I can't think of anything I was expecting to see that I didn't see, but if you are coming for a particular piece, you might want to tryt ot ensure it's on display before you make the trip up from the Spanish Steps.
Written 24 May 2017
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973elena
Milan, Italy70 contributions
Outstanding collection of antique art
Oct 2016 • Friends
What I liked is a good selection of pictures. There are not so many of them, but you have an opportunity to take your time and enjoy each picture (Corovaggio, Rafael, the florentine paintings).
Written 2 October 2016
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Jason S
10 contributions
Could be great
Jun 2016 • Couples
This museum has some great artwork as well as beautiful architecture. We were surprised by the staff, however. In the many galleries and museums we have visited here in Rome, the staff has been very courteous and helpful. The person at the ticket desk here, however, was not. She did not want to accept our Roma passes at first. Then, she would only accept exact change and claimed she did not have change despite her open cash drawer revealing the truth. We then had to check our small, personal bags, despite having been able to carry these in every other gallery. Unfortunately, we did not have the 1€ coin to place in the check box for the bags, as we had just used our last change to get in. We were finally able to find an attendant to show us the special, no euro required box. All in all, we wasted about 30 minutes just trying to get into the museum.

We then learned that only the first floor was open as they are undergoing significant renovations. It should also be noted that few of the pieces have explanations in English (not a criticism, just a helpful hint if your Italian is rusty). Hopefully, the museum staff will be undergoing additional training to make this a much better place to visit. In the meantime, I would probably stick to more well-known sites and pass this one by.
Written 21 June 2016
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David_Wokingham
Wokingham, UK235 contributions
Impressive gallery - worth a visit
Mar 2016 • Couples
We didn’t visit until after we’d seen the Vatican Museums and the Capitoline Museums so we were probably getting a bit blasé about Raphaels and Caravaggios but it’s still a very impressive gallery.

Unlike most of the sights in Rome it’s actually near to a Metro station (Barberini) so easy to get to.

Your admission ticket also gives you access to the gallery’s other site in the Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere.
Written 20 March 2016
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Christine C
Godalming261 contributions
Wonderful. Some amazing 'must see' paintings.
Feb 2016 • Couples
This is a large gallery so be prepared to perhaps get a little lost at times. We were sad to find that certain areas were closed due to a shortage of staff as it was low season. However, we did manage to see all that we had wanted, including paintings by Raphael, Filippo Lippi, Holbein, Tintoretto, El Greco and Caravaggio, to name a few. The Palazzo Barberini was built by Maderno, Borromini and Bernini so expect some splendid architecture.
Written 2 March 2016
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Jose J
Hogwarts310 contributions
Good but not great
Sep 2015 • Couples
At times stunning and at times pedestrian, this museum has some awesome paintings and ceilings to marvel at. However, it is not air conditioned and the windows are kept closed to protect the art which leaves a stale air environment. We ventured to the second floor and realized the stuffiness was impacting our breathing so instead of completing a visit to the top floor we exited early and enjoyed the fresh air more than the paintings. Not something I would recommend although it was reasonably priced.
Written 30 September 2015
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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica is open:
  • Tue - Sun 08:30 - 19:00