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11 Museums to explore in Lazio

Lazio

Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has 5,864,321 inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy – and its GDP of more than €197 billion per year means that it has the nation's second-largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy.

Borghese Gallery and Museum
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.

Capitoline Museums
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.

Domus Aurea
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.

MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Art
MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century ArtVia Guido Reni, 4a, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

MAXXI—Italy’s National Museum of 21st-Century Art—is a refreshing change of pace. The museum includes a space dedicated to art and another to architecture but is perhaps most famous for the striking building itself, designed by prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The museum is managed by a foundation created by the Italian Ministry of cultural heritage. It consists of two museums; "MAXXI art" and "MAXXI architecture". The outdoor courtyard surrounding the museum provides a venue for large-scale

Museo di Roma - Palazzo Braschi
Museo di Roma - Palazzo BraschiPiazza di San Pantaleo, 10, Piazza Navona, 2, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

A majestic museum in Rome that has a collection of paintings, photographs, etchings, clothes, and furniture, charting the history of Rome from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The collections initially included 120 water-colours by the nineteenth-century painter Ettore Roesler Franz of Roma sparita, "vanished Rome", later moved to the Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia
National Etruscan Museum of Villa GiuliaPiazzale di Villa Giulia 9, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

A majestic museum that houses works from pre-Roman Italian antiquity, especially from the Etruscan world. This iconic building was built for Pope Julius III between 1550 and 1555, Villa Giulia is a magnificent Renaissance palace built in what once were the outskirts of the city. . The museum was founded in 1889 as part of the same nationalistic movement, with the aim of collecting together all the pre-Roman antiquities.

National Museum of the Palazzo di Venezia
National Museum of the Palazzo di VeneziaPiazza di S. Marco, 49, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

National Museum of the Palazzo di Venezia is a museum, housed in the Venezia palace which houses paintings by artists such as Carlo Maratta, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Guido Reni, Pisanello, Benozzo Gozzoli, Fra Angelico, Giorgione , Giotto, sculptures, pottery, silverware, textiles, seals, medals, glass, tapestries. There are also works of art from Castel Sant'Angelo, the museum of the Collegio Romano or the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.

Palazzo Farnese
Palazzo FarnesePiazza Farnese, 67, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

A majestic roman palace that serves as an important example of High Renaissance architecture. It was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and built between 1517 and 1589. The 56 m façade, occupying the longer side of a spacious piazza, is three storeys tall and thirteen bays wide. It is built of brick with strong stone quoins and has a heavily rusticated portal.

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Palazzo Massimo alle TermeLargo di Villa Peretti, 2, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is a palace in Rome, in the Castro Pretorio district, in Piazza dei Cinquecento, near the Termini station. The building was built between 1883 and 1886 by the last descendant of the Roman Massimo family, the Jesuit priest Massimiliano Massimo, on land belonging to the family; he commissioned the architect Camillo Pistrucci with the construction. This last palace features one of the best archaeological and classical art collections in the world.

Quirinal Palace
Quirinal PalacePiazza del Quirinale, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The Quirinale is one of the primary places in the life of the Italian Republic. It is one of the great examples of heritage of art, history and culture of inestimable value and of testaments to the hard work, creativity and genius of the Italian people. The palace is on the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome. It housed thirty popes, four kings and eleven presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the eleventh-largest pal

Trajan's Market
Trajan's MarketVia Quattro Novembre, 94, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The Trajan's Market is certainly the most illustrious example of administrative efficiency - combined with the usual grandiose architecture - in the history of the imperial city. It currently holds the Museum of Imperial Forums. It is considered to be Rome’s first “shopping center”. The exhibitions are comprised of models and videos that accompany the various remains that are left from the Imperial Forums to try to transport visitors to classical Roman times.

Map of Museums to explore in Lazio