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Palazzo Barberini, Rome

Categories: Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Caravaggio attracts like no other, for me, as do other treasures. My sensorium cam alive looking at the decorative ceilings and the palace generally is the treasure. With less crowds you have struck t...  read more »
  • The building could only be magnificent expresses feandiosita and the opulence of the family to which he belonged. Interesting to see the two stairways Bernini and Borromini's opposing an opposite in taste and shapes seem to reflect their supposed rivalry. The Gallery collects a good number of great masters among them surely the most famous and with just cause la Fornarina, Raphael's Judith and Holofernes and Narcissus by Caravaggio but there are other interesting works. The Gallery isn't huge so you can enjoy the view of the paintings without the anxiety of not being able to see everything. The ground floor is separated from the first floor so you must come and go. There is a refreshment air but only two machines and it is a shame given the nice garden facing the entrance. Mandatory deposit of bag and the style of the document for the audio guide. To rest the flaw that often in museums of Italy: some room closed for lack of staff and third floors entirely closed.
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  • We found this site in few guidebooks. It is a find for the older traveler, or the traveler slightly afraid of crowds in the current environment. The museum does contain some great masterpieces. Carava...  read more »
  • Great collection of paintings. The palazzo itself is a work of art
  • Excellent gallery experience compared to some others in Rome and Italy. Very well organized with Italian & English descriptions beside each work. Wandered through most of the rooms almost completely alone - on a very warm Saturday in late June - and the AC is actually operating so that it is both comfortable and enjoyable! Some renowned masterpieces like Holbein's Henry VIII and some beautifully painted ceilings. Something of an overlooked gem.
  • Only one out of three floors open at the time of visit. The one that was open: terrific!
  • Very worthwhile seeing! A shame the third floor exhibit was closed due to lack of funding.
  • The grounds are a peaceful escape, with free entry to some parts of building. Time well spent.
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