67 Museums in Italy that you should visit - With photos & details

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67 Museums to explore in Italy

Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.

Accademia GalleryVia Ricasoli, 58/60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

The Accademia Gallery is Florence’s most visited museum right after the Uffizi Gallery. The original statue of Michelangelo’s famous David actually has made the Accademia the most popular museum in Florence.  It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300–1600, the Trecento to the Late Renaissance. In 2016, it had 1.46 million visitors, making it the second most visited art museum in Italy, after the Uffizi.

Archaeological site of Grotte di CatulloPiazzale Orti Manara, 4, 25019 Sirmione BS, Italy

The term " Grotte di Catullo " identifies a Roman villa built between the end of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD in Sirmione, in the province of Brescia, on the southern shore of Lake Garda. The archaeological complex, part of which, especially in the northern sector, which has always remained insight, has been the subject of scholarly visits and speculations since the 15th century, is today the most important testimony of the Roman period in the territory of Sirmione and is the exampl

Bagatti Valsecchi MuseumVia Gesù, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic residence located in the Montenapoleone district, in the center of Milan. "Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi", which houses the museum, was purchased by the Lombardy Region in 1975 and is one of the most important and best-preserved museum houses in Europe. Since October 2008 it has been part of the " Case Museo di Milano " circuit.

Bargello National MuseumVia del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

The Bargello Museum is located in the impressive Palazzo del Bargello, a fortress with powerful embattlements which surround the austere facade. Begun in 1255, the building was the headquarters of the Capitano del Popolo and later of the Podestà and Council of Justice. In 1574, it became the living quarters for the Captain of Justice (chief of police) and was used as a prison.

Borghese Gallery and MuseumPiazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

The renowned state museum in Rome distinguished for its collection of Italian Baroque paintings and ancient sculptures. It is located in the Borghese Gardens on the Pincian Hill and is housed in the Villa Borghese, a building designed by the Dutch architect Jan van Santen (Giovanni Vasanzio) and built between 1613 and 1616. It houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture, and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul.

Ca' RezzonicoDorsoduro, 3136, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

Ca' Rezzonico is a palazzo on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is a particularly notable example of the 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, and displays paintings by the leading Venetian painters of the period, including Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo. It is a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Venice and one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Capitoline MuseumsPiazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The Capitoline Museums are the main civic museum of the city of Rome. The historical seat is constituted by the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo. The two buildings are located on the Campidoglio Square remodeled following the design of Michelangelo and are linked by the Galleria Lapidaria, an underground passage that crosses the Campidoglio Square without having to go outside the museums.

Castel NuovoVia Vittorio Emanuele III, 80133 Napoli NA, Italy

Castel Nuovo, also called Maschio Angioino or Mastio Angioino, is a historic medieval and Renaissance castle, as well as one of the symbols of the city of Naples.  The castle dominates the scenic Piazza Municipio and is the seat of the Neapolitan Society of Homeland History and of the Naples Committee of the Institute for the history of the Italian Risorgimento, housed in the premises of the SNSP. The civic museum is also located in the complex.

Castello Di RivoliPiazza, Piazzale Mafalda di Savoia, 10098 Rivoli TO, Italy

The Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art housed in a building of historical interest located, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Rivoli, about 15 km west of Turin, in Piedmont.  It was the former Residence of the Royal House of Savoy in Rivoli. which was built in the 9th–10th centuries.

Church and Museum of OrsanmicheleVia dell'Arte della Lana, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

This tall structure halfway down Via dei Calzaiuoli looks more like a Gothic warehouse than a church—which is exactly what it was, built as a granary/grain market in 1337. On the ground floor of the square building are the 13th-century arches that originally formed the loggia of the grain market. The second floor was devoted to offices, while the third housed one of the city's municipal grain storehouses, maintained to withstand famine or siege.

Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary ArtVia Magenta, 31, 10128 Torino TO, Italy

One of the oldest museums in Italy, and it is devoted to art produced in the last two centuries. It was opened to the public in 1863, and it keeps over 40.000 pieces, among paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, and engravings. Particularly important is the film and artistic videos collection, one of the most famous in Europe.

Doge's PalaceP.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

A dazzling pink and white marble design and has been described - fairly accurately - as an oversized wedding cake. Much of the present building dates from the 15th century – although an earlier building on the spot may date back to the 9th century - and has been rebuilt and added on to several times. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. It was built in 1340, and extended and modified in the following centuries. It became a museum in 19

Domus AureaVia della Domus Aurea, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Domus Aurea, Nero's famed Golden Palace was the major source of information on ancient Roman painting and decoration for Renaissance artists. which was built by Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome.  It covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Oppian, and Caelian hills, with an artificial lake in the marshy valley. It was one of the iconic locations in this area which is famous among tourists.

Duomo di MilanoPiazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy, the third-largest in Europe and the fifth-largest in the world. The roof is open to tourists for a fee, which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated.

Egyptian MuseumVia Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 10123 Torino TO, Italy

A museum in Torino is dedicated exclusively to Egyptian culture and art. Springing from the excavations completed in Egypt by the Italian Archeological Mission between 1900-1935, the collection counts more than 26,000 artifacts and is a scientific and academic resource on the topic. The museum hosts themed exhibits of special interest; for example, a recent special exhibit was about women in ancient Egyptian culture, in honor of National Women's Day. Each month offers various events.

Fortuny PalaceS. Marco, 3958, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Palazzo Fortuny is a palazzo gothic of Venice located in the district of San Marco. It takes its name from the last owner, the artist Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, and is home to the homonymous museum. Today the museum is part of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation. Previously, the building was known as Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei. The palace became for a time the seat of the Orfei Philharmonic Academy, hence the name Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, with which it was later known.

Galleria SabaudaP.za Reale, 1, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

The Galleria Sabauda in Turin displays the art collections gathered by the House of Savoy. This gallery unites the collection of Eugene of Savoy with works from the Royal Palace of Turin, the picture gallery of the Savoy-Carignano, and works from the Palazzo Durazzo of Genoa. When the palace became the seat of the senators, they transferred the museum to the building of the Academy of Sciences, where was already the Egyptian Museum.

Gallerie dell'AccademiaCampo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence is an Italian state museum, located in via Ricasoli together with the Academy of fine arts.  The gallery exhibits the largest number of Michelangelo's sculptures in the world, including the famous David. Inside the museum, there are also other sections, including the largest and most important collection in the world of pictorial works with a gold background, and the Museum of musical instruments, where many artifacts belonging to the historical collection

Glass Museum (Murano)Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy

The Glass Museum, founded in Murano in 1861, is part of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation. Its headquarters are in the historic Palazzo del Vescovi di Torcello, a flowery gothic style building formerly home to Bishop Marco Giustinian.  It was born as a project for the establishment of an archive that would bring together the testimonies of the history of the island but quickly evolved into its museum form.

La SpecolaVia Romana, 17, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

La Specola' houses a large zoological collection, the largest collection in the world of eighteenth-century anatomical waxes, the unique collection of the Sicilian coroplast Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, the  Salone degli Skeletri . Furthermore, the “ Mineraliter. Stones admirable between Medici and Nature ”proposes an extraordinary selection of worked stones that belonged to the Medici family, flanked by an exhibition of aesthetic minerals from Italy and all over the world.