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Palazzo Barberini, Rome

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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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  • We came to this museum, which is recently opened its doors after an extensive renovation (not completed to my understanding). It is indeed impressive as it has many treasures, including Rafael and Car...  more »
  • The Palace is pretty run down outside and stairways of Bernini and Borromini overlooked in the reporting, but the quality and quantity of the works on display are extraordinary. In many other countries in one room of this building would have notoriety, care and exceptional prominence. You exit blinded by beauty, although for me the third visit in the course of a few years, and are proud to be Italian. Unfortunately in this wonderful collection is not given adequate prominence.
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  • 5 rooms on the ground floor as well as 1. floor was open. 2nd floor closed. The exhibition itself is a little boring set up, and the lighting makes spaces seem small and obscure. However, there are some very nice ceilings in several of the premises. There are many steps to the first floor, and the elevator was cordoned off-not suitable for disabled guests. In the park stands a statue created by Torvaldsen. A good thing-there was no line;-)
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  • We had a *really* unfortunate experience here recently. My partner and I were very excited about going and the place looked so beautiful from the outside. We went in and bought tickets (7 euros each, which was reasonable but I felt they could amend the price while over half of the building is closed for renovations). We were given two white tickets for the 'free' area but no actual tickets for the main place. I did question this with my partner as we started up the stairs but assumed because it was quiet they trust that everyone coming will have paid their entry fee. When we got to the first level and tried to go in the man asked for our tickets. I showed him what we had been given and he explained that we had the wrong tickets. I explained (in as good Italian as I was able) that we had both paid. He sent us back down, so - thinking at this stage it would still be simple - we went back to the main desk and I attempted to explain (in Italian) to the lady that she hadn't given me tickets. She started to look quite annoyed, spoke in fast italian and finally after some persuasion printed out two more 'free' tickets (bearing in mind this was the same lady who had taken our 14 euros about 10 minutes earlier). We saw they said 'free' on them and pointed this out, but she said something else quickly in Italian and basically sent us away. We went up and showed these to the man at the door, at which point he started to get annoyed and told us we needed tickets with 7 euros marked on them. We tried - again - to explain what had happened, but rather than calling down to check with his colleague at the desk he just told us to go downstairs again. At this point I was getting really wound up and flustered with the experience so my partner went in to investigate further. When he got the the desk he realised another Brit (who spoke fluent Italian) was having the EXACT same problem with tickets! We were told to go to speak to the supervisor who said we could go up in the lift with her and so 'bypass' the guard. This was far from ideal - partly because it seemed ridiculously unprofessional but also because I'm quite claustrophobic in lifts but this seemed our only option so we did so. We then spent an edgy hour looking around the - to be clear, often WONDERFUL - art on the first floor, whilst dreading the idea that the door man who'd refused us entry would be around every corner! I've never had such an awkward visit to a gallery in my life. Frankly, though the building and grounds are glorious, I was appalled by the customer service of the lady on the main desk. I was also completely baffled with why she refused to give us correct tickets. She was well aware we'd paid! So even if she genuinely thought we'd lost the tickets (which we definitely hadn't), why wouldn't she just print us more, or explain to her colleague upstairs. Really, really unimpressed. Our only genuinely bad experience of hospitality in the WHOLE of Italy. This was such a shame as this Palazzo houses some spectacular paintings.
  • Besides the art they have nice shady spots outside where you can lay in the grass on hot summer days.
  • The palace is beautiful. However, blue-eyed girl selling tickets to keep the palace is a racist.
  • Only one out of three floors open at the time of visit. The one that was open: terrific!
  • Great collection of paintings. The palazzo itself is a work of art