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Galleria Spada

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro 13 | Palazzo Spada, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 683 2409
08:30 - 19:30
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 19:30

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Optical Illusion

You don't have to pay the entrance fee to the museum, which is small and uninteresting (in my opinion), to see the optical illusion by Borromini, which IS worth seeing.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

You don't have to pay the entrance fee to the museum, which is small and uninteresting (in my opinion), to see the optical illusion by Borromini, which IS worth seeing.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Palazzo Spada/ Palazzo Capodiferro houses Galleria Spada, four rooms of paintings dated 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Titian, Artemesia Gentileschi, Guercino, Sebastiano Conca and Niccolò Tornioli to name but a few. The rooms themselves have beautiful ceilings and some frescoes, they also contain numerous statues, busts and antique furniture. The paintings are the collection of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

When I lived in Rome decades ago, you used to be able to walk into the cortile of Palazzo Spada and wonder at how this could be. Then you would bribe the custodian to give you a closer look. Later, you would walk into the cortile and buy a ticket for the closer look. Still, it was absolutely one of... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This place isn't very big, but we liked the optical illusion and the rooms were interesting too. If you ask the staff, they'll let you in a room that's not constantly open. I thought it was nice to visit something a bit smaller, since all the huge places in Rome can be a bit overwhelming. A thunderstorm started maybe 5... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Spada Gallery is located near Trastevere and is house in only one part of a palace. The gallery is incredibly hard to find and even when you get to the palace you will be playing a game of guessing because you don't know what door is for the gallery. The architecture of the gallery is not too interesting and is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Outside this remarkable building (which has a large police station occupying the building to the front) in a small courtyard garden planted with orange trees, is a Borromini 'folly' - a forced perspective comprising stone columns leading to a figure sculpture of only around 90 cms in height. Your brain, however, will believe it to be Much taller as the... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

The palace has very few visitors, even after the publicity that came with the Oscar-winning film La Grande Bellezza (a short scene is shot in the gallery with forced perspective optical illusion). So you have The courtyard (with The famous gallery created by Borromini) and The four rooms Of The palace almost for yourself. If you speak Italian, you can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Besides the Corridor illusion there is a nice gallery upstairs worth a visit. There are some fine paintings

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

We went to Galleria Spada only for the perspective, yet it was the special Sunday of the month, which meant that we went free for all the exhibitions. The Galleria didn't seem to have any special pieces that we would be interested in, but we appreciated that there were folders with descriptions. The ticked check seemed kind of pointless though...... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The perspective corridor was incredible making the length look 30m but it was actually 8m the gallery is beautiful also with unique paintings and sculptures I recommend to anyone on a budget

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