Are you crazy about museums and have you planned to visit Rome in a week? Then the capital is the best choice for you. In fact there are many museums where you can satisfy your desire for art. From the most important and famous to the smallest and most special ones you have only to choose.
If you are a workaholic you can try to visit a museum every day. Keep in mind that the visit will take you at least two hours. If, on the other hand, this timetable seems too difficult, you can decide to dedicate a few days to the museums.
After the visit, you can spend the rest of the day by exploring the area of the city that is located around the museum that you have chosen.
They are a must if you try to visit Rome in a week, but they should be put in the itinerary even if you visit Rome in 5,4,3,2 days … in short, they should be seen!
It is the oldest museum in the world and is housed in two spectacular buildings located in Piazza del Campidoglio. The origin of the Capitoline Museums dates back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated to the citizens some bronze sculptures, laying the foundations of what is today one of the greatest Italian collections of classical art.
The centerpiece of the collection are the ancient statues, but in the Capitoline Gallery you can also find masterpieces of many Italian and Flemish artists.
The Capitoline Museums are equipped for the disabled
Stop: Piazza Venezia
Opening time: every day 9.30-19.30, 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st.
PALACE AND GALLERY DORIA PAMPHILJ
Behind the façade of Palazzo and Galleria Doria Panphilij there is one of the richest private art collections in Rome, both for the number of works and for the importance of the authors who made them.
The galleries consist of ten rooms, arranged chronologically and filled with floor-to-ceiling paintings. Do not miss the Salome with the head of the Baptist Titian and Rest on the flight to Egypt of Caravaggio and alsol the portrait of Innocent X of Velasquez.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Stop: Piazza Venezia (via del Corso)
Opening time: every day from 9.00 to 19.00. Last entry at 18.00. Closed on: December 25th, January 1st, Easter. Also open on November 1st, Easter Monday, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd and August 15th.
With its 7 km of exhibition space, the Vatican Museums are a truly unique experience, not just for art lovers. None of those who enter this museum complex can in fact remain indifferent to what is one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Masterpieces such as the Stanze di Raffaello and the incredible Sistine Chapel are already a reason to come and visit Rome.
Founded by Julius II they are found in the halls and galleries of the Vatican Apostolic Palaces.
Almost all the sectors of the Vatican Museums are accessible to the disabled.
Stop: Ottaviano San Pietro
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing).
This is another museum that you must absolutely include in your itinerary if you want to visit Rome in a week.
Defined as the “queen of private collections of art”, this museum boasts some of the most precious treasures of the capital. It contains works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raffaello, and the famous statue of Canova portraying Paolina Borghese as the winning Venus.
The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
Stop: via Pinciana
Opening times: Monday closed, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30 closed January 1, December 25. Entry is allowed until half an hour before closing.
ROMAN NATIONAL MUSEUM: PALAZZO MASSIMO ALLE TERME
The museum is often overlooked, it is wonderful, wide and bright and contains spectacular classical art pieces (the resting boxer, sleeping Hermaphrodite), as well as extraordinary paintings and mosaics. The advice is to start the visit from the second floor so as to admire the most extraordinary works when you are still refreshed.
When you admire the frescoes you will get an idea of the interior of the sumptuous villas of ancient Rome.
The museum is completely accessible to the disabled
Opening time: Open every day from 9 to 19.45. Closed on Mondays (except Monday in Albis and during the cultural week), January 1st, December 25th. The ticket office closes at 19.00.
The MAXXI (National Museum of the XXI Century Arts) is the most important contemporary art museum in the capital. Designed by the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, it was inaugurated in 2010. The geometric façade of the building, built on several levels, hides an interior of gigantic dimensions, full of light and crossed by suspended staircases and structures made of glass, concrete and iron. It consists of two sections, one dedicated to architecture and the other to contemporary art. It is very interesting to visit it on the occasion of exhibitions and installations.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Bus stop: (line A stop Flaminio) by tram, Viale Tiziano for buses.
Opening time:Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 19.00, Saturday from 11.00 to 20.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00. Closed every Monday, December 25th and January 1st. The ticket office closes an hour earlier.