National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace, Rome

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace 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. Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The first thing that welcomed me was the beautiful Baroque facade of the Palazzo Barberini and its courtyard. The interior is not what you expect from opulent palazzos of Rome: the rooms are...  more »
  • Was Monday and was quite empty! We spent about 2or 3 hours touring the collection. Amazing architecture, building with an extensive art collection. They have an amazing collection and is very...  more »
  • Very rude staff. Most were ok. Some were really not. It’s not the tourist fault they had to wake up early and work on a Sunday. But they sure behave as though you’re a sinner for being there. The collection is good but the ticket is expensive for what they have there. They have more works by Caravaggio’s students then Caravaggio himself. The building itself is interesting, and the frescoes are the best part. If you don’t have a lot of time in Rome choose some other more interesting place to go. This place will take time and money and not reward you well. One third of the rooms were closed.
  • Such a beautiful place. The gates were open but the ticket office was closed so I walked through the open areas with other tourists. I didn't see inside but the outside area was so beautiful. The sculptures are amazing to see up close.

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