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Centrale Montemartini, Rome

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Visit the approximately 400 Roman statues, inscriptions, and mosaics at Centrale Montemartini, an industrial archaeological site showcasing the artifacts recovered from excavations during the unification of Italy. Housed in an abandoned power plant, the museum juxtaposes ancient statues and art with the steel machinery of industrialism, bringing up interesting questions about the course of human development and civilization. Don't miss iconic exhibits like “Venus in the Boiler Room.” Plan to see Centrale Montemartini and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rome vacation generator.
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  • Sunday afternoon, some lined up at the entrance, then away among beautiful stories of masterpieces of ancient Rome, soft lighting, sometimes a little too, and unusual spaces of a factory donated to beauty. Stately and elegant construction, well preserved and many exhibits to admire. The sunset gives a nice light filtering through the large Windows. Too bad he didn't find an audio guide. Have fun.
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  • A very pleasant Sunday afternoon in a charming setting, the meeting point between history and technology. A thermal power station of the beginning of the century that houses in its Imperial Roman artifacts environments ... ... a very interesting mix. Also very nice train of Pope Pius IX.
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  • Worth the effort to deviate from the usual tourist paths and come visit this former power station converted into a museum. You get off the metro at Garbatella and a short walk through the modern bridge over the railroad, we reach the large building, which dates back to 1912. Inside, diesel engines and turbines, still smelling of lubricating oil, mixed with masterpieces of sculpture and mosaic art, give the feeling of being in a metaphysical painting. In addition to the beautiful mosaics, statues are worthy of special attention: the beautiful maiden sitting, that alone would merit a visit (Atlas of ancient Rome, edited by a. Carandini, vol. I, fig. 106), the Muse, the Marsyas and the pediment of the Temple of Apollo Sosianus. From November is open the room where you can admire the train of Pius IX, a splendid example of 19th century railway equipment (1858).
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  • This museum is a gem. Easily one of my favorites in the world based upon its location situated in an old power plant and the great collection. You won't be bothered by big crowds, and you can buy a combo ticket that will get you into the Capitoline Museums, too. Go here first, get the combo ticket and avoid waiting in line when you head into the center of the city and check out the Capitoline Museums.
  • A very suggestive museum! Really interesting things to see here.
  • A very alternative museum, inside there is an old diesel electrical power plant from the 20s' mixed with some interesting Roman statues and mosaics, the contrast between old and new is striking; a little museum that represents beautifully the concept of the "Deus ex machina"
  • Simply breathtaking, and going somewhere no other museum has gone. The giant machinery is interesting in its own right, but juxtapose it with classical artworks and all of a sudden you've got genius. Definitely one of my favorite museums, it has yet to find much of an audience but if you're a design or art fan it'll linger in your memory forever.
  • One of the many Rome's hidden treasures. Marbles from old noble Roman villas merge with late 1800 industrial machinery, wonderfully preserved. Rarely crowded, well maintained, it might end out as one of the highlights in a vacanza Romana.