Though much of the city may seem like an open-air exhibition, there’s plenty for travellers to see in Rome museums as well. Explore the centuries of art and culture on display in Rome, still wonderfully vibrant even to this day; visitors can get lost in the architecture, experience the city's culture first hand, or immerse themselves in the history that surrounds every aspect of modern life in Rome.
Exploring Rome’s museums
Explore fascinating examples of Roman and Greek sculpture at the Capitoline Museum, on Piazza del Campidoglio. This museum is composed of two palaces - the Palazzo Nuovo, home to the Hall of Philosophers, and Palazzo dei Conservatori, a legal centre in the Middle Ages. Here, visitors will find bright frescoes, as well as works by Caravaggio and impressive sculptures of the Emperor Constantine and the famous ‘She Wolf’ from the story of Romulus and Remus.
For more archaeological findings, visit the National Museum at the Baths of Diocletian and the Palazzo Altemps. Nearby, the Vatican Museum is home to some truly awe-striking artistic works, including some by Raphael and the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which contains frescoes by Michelangelo. In St Peter’s Basilica, also in Vatican City, you’ll find Michelangelo’s Pieta, perhaps the most famous examples of Italian Renaissance sculpture.
Galleries in Rome
Rome’s galleries also offer visitors much to explore. Visit Galleria Borghese to see its enviable collection of paintings and sculpture – including many works by Caravaggio – and combine your trip with a relaxing walk around the gardens of Villa Borghese. The National Etruscan Museum is also fascinating, and the nearby National Gallery of Modern Art is a haven for people wanting to learn more about Rome’s newer artistic offerings from the 19th and 20th centuries.