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Palazzo Barberini, Rome

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Art Museum Architectural Building
Palazzo Barberini faces a plaza of the same name and houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art. The building itself represents the combined work of three Italian architects over the span of decades, with construction ending in 1653. The gallery itself dates back to the late 19th century and contains works of great fame, such as Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes. Lovers of masterpieces will find this a place for quiet appreciation of art. Try the audio guide, which is available in English. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Palazzo Barberini and many more Rome attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rome vacation generator.
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  • Some fine works of Caravaggio (i.e. Narciso) are located there. The gallery is not so big but at the same time is not touristy. You can contemplate the art works calm enough to have an enjoyable exper...  more »
  • If you are walking around the area of the Quirinale and pass through the corner Quatro Fontane worth delle look out of the Palazzo Barberini which is a bit neglected but is worthwhile for visiting the stairs of Borromini, a beautiful sample of art and architecture of the many that adorn Rome
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  • Due to staff shortages, the third floor was unfortunately closed, and the admission price was a little expensive at 10 Euros. However, the second floor filled with Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces...  more »
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  • Second floor was closed but it's still listed on the signs. When I visited, part of the ground floor was closed as well. If I knew the second floor was closed, I wouldn't have bothered. Nice collection for what I saw but a bit much to pay for that little bit.
  • Beautiful renaissance Palazzo by Carlo Maderno, Borromini and Bernini.
  • Fantastic collection and a heavily place
  • Run down, especially the gardens, this is August and it seems they haven't trimmed the bushes once this year, the greenhouse is abandoned, 3rd floor of the museum is closed, lots of historical statues falling apart... And the mansion is empty of all its original furniture
  • Amazing artwork!

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