Rome has over 150 galleries and museums. The two biggest collections are the Vatican and the Capitoline, which encompass both categories. They have been listed under museums in this portal but don’t miss the art in either as both their Pinacoteca (galleries) house priceless masterpieces by the likes of Caravaggio, Domenichino, Giotto, Guercino and Raphael. Below is a selection of galleries based on the most popular and quirky. The listing is in alphabetical order in their Italian names. The English name is below, if there is one, else the Italian name is relisted.
Chiostro Del Bramante /Eng: Chiostro Del Bramante
Art: High profile exhibitions
Add: Via della Pace, 5, Tel: 06 68809035
The Bramante aims to promote an awareness of the most significant episodes of art history, through high profile shows. Recent exhibitions have featured Andy Warhol, Julius Caesar, Annibale Carracci and the Venetian masters.
Galleria Borghese /Eng: Borghese Gallery
Art: A national collection
Add: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, Tel: +39 06 32810
The Borghese Gallery was started by Cardinal Scipione at the turn of the 17th century. Both losses, including a sale to Napoleon, and acquisitions over the next three centuries, have resulted in a remarkable collection of sculpture and paintings.
Galleria Colonna /Eng: Palazzo Colonna
Art: Italian 15th -18th centuries
Add: Piazza SS. Apostoli 66, Tel: +39 06 6784350
Re-opened to the public in 2010 the gallery includes works by Ghirlandaio, Palma il Vecchio, Tintoretto, Carracci, and Guercino, making up one of the largest private art collections in Rome. Ceiling frescoes celebrate the battle of Lepanto (1571).
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna /Eng: Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Art: 1870 onwards
Add: Via Francesco Crispi, 24, Tel: +39 06 4742848
The gallery is primarily a collection from the first half of the 19th Century, a period that finally saw the reunification of Italy, in which art played an important role. However, as a modern gallery it has always looked to the present, its mission being to represent "living" art.
Art: The museum of 21st century Art
Add: Via Guido Reni, 4 A, Tel: +39 06 39967350
MAXXI, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity. It houses two museums: MAXXI Art and MAXXI Architecture. The MAXXI building is a major architectural work designed by Zaha Hadid.
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia /Eng: National Museum of Palazzo Venezia
Art: Medieval and Renascence
Add: Via del Plebiscito, 118, Tel: +39 06 69994284
The collection is housed in a celebrated Renascence palace that has recently been given a facelift. The wide collection includes beautifully restored furniture, ceramics, bronzes, arms / armour and art on wood and canvas from the medieval and Renascence.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni/ Eng: Palazzo Esposizioni
Art: Exhibition centre for world art
Add: Via Nazionale, 194, Tel: +39 06 39967500
The Palazzo is the largest interdisciplinary exhibition area in the centre of Rome. It has a cinema, auditorium and a forum, as well as a large café, trendy restaurant and impressive bookshop. A great place being arty and relaxing.
Scuderia del Quirinale
Art: Gallery for high profile exhibitions
Add: Via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome, Tel: +39 06 39967500
The Quirinal Stables was converted into a state-of-the-art exhibition centre in 2000. The building has large open spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors housing the art. You can also enjoy a fabulous view from the highest of Rome's seven hills.
Tour tip – Save money on culture
In one week in May all state-owned museums and galleries are open to the public for free. So if culture is your thing, there is no better week to come. Another state initiative is the Roma Pass. For 25 Euro you receive entry to your first 2 museums and / or archaeological sites, reduced ticket prices to all others visited thereafter, 3 days of unlimited use of the city's public transport network, discounted tickets to exhibitions / events and a few other bits and bobs. Have a look at www.romapass.it for details. Under normal conditions tickets to museums and galleries cost on average 12 Euro for adults and 7 Euro for concessions on presentation of valid ID.