Rome is home to art, culture, food, and, of course, fascinating history and museums. While it can be overwhelming to prioritize which sites to see, you cannot visit Rome without seeing and learning about Roman art. The best way to do that is to visit the following five museums on your trip to Rome.
The Vatican Museums
This is easily one of the most famous collection of museums in the world. The collection is comprised of the Pinacoteca, Museo Chiaromonti & Brtaccio Nuovo, Museo Pio-Clementino, The Map Gallery, and the Raphael Rooms. Located within the Vatican City, these museums house the famous Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, Frescos by Raphael, St. Peter’s Basilica, and a stunning array of outdoor gardens to name a few things. Plan at least one full day to see the highlights or a few days if you want to see all the sites.
Macro: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
The Macro has been open for a few years and is one of two spaces that make up the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum was designed in an old Peroni brewery and is designed to be in harmony with the surrounding apartment buildings and neighborhood. The building itself is worth seeing, but the art collection is also impressive with a photo gallery and works by postmodern artist Mario Schifano.
This 20-room gallery has sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian. It was the former private collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese but was moved to its current villa in the 1620s. Visitors are limited in 2-hour increments, so you will want to plan accordingly.
Ancient statues, mosaics, Baroque works, and art by Caravaggio, Titian, Tintoretto, and Rubens are some of the amazing works you will see. Also here is the original equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio. The museum is two separate wings that are connected by an underground tunnel through the ancient Roman archives called the Tabularium. You should budget 2-3 hours for both Halls.
Last but not least, the Pantheon is one of the oldest and most well-preserved building in Rome. It was built between A.D 118-125 as a temple dedicated to all Roman Gods and used as a place of worship for said Gods. It was given over to the Catholic Church in A.D. 608. It is now a museum. The architecture of the building is incredible and still well maintained despite its age.
There are other different ways to experience Rome such as Withlocals, a site that understands that it’s the people that make the place worth visiting. This list of museums only scratches the surface of the amount of art, history, and culture to be discovered in Rome. However, with so much to see this list will help you prioritize your time in Rome.