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Palazzo Barberini – Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
The Palazzo Barberini is truly one of Rome's most precious palaces and a pioneer of Baroque style. Three great masterminds were commissioned by Barberini Pope Urban VIII to create the lavish 17th... Read More
The Palazzo Barberini is truly one of Rome's most precious palaces and a pioneer of Baroque style. Three great masterminds were commissioned by Barberini Pope Urban VIII to create the lavish 17th century palace: Carlo Maderno, Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Since 1949, the palazzo has served as the National Gallery of Antique Art. The first floor of the gallery is a favorite among art lovers for its fine collection of 16th and 17th works including Raphael's "Fornarina," Caravaggio's "Judith Beheading Holofernes" and other paintings by Lippi and Guido Reni. Also to be admired is the noble spiraling staircase created by Borromini. BUS: 62, 150, 175, 492. METRO: Barberini
- Tue-Sun 8:30am-7:30pm
- Adult 5; Senior (66+) Free; Child (0-17) Free; Ticket Concessions Available
- Best for Museums Because: This Baroque style building features staircases built by famous artists, Bernini and Borromini.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: While the collections here are impressive, the building itself is a sight to see, built in splendid Baroque style. The palace was one of the luxurious residences of the Roman nobility of the time.