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Thanks to its 2,500-year-long history, Rome is one of the most diverse and culturally rich cities in the world. Despite its being one of the largest European capitals, the Eternal City is rather simple to visit, since most museums and cultural attractions are located in its central neighborhoods.
Our suggestion is to move across the city on foot (if you like walking), by taxi, or by the underground network, since the road traffic is notoriously cluttered in Rome and the public bus and tram system is often unreliable and overcrowded.
In a nutshell, there are three main groups of museums and cultural sites in Rome (and the Vatican City): museums of archaeology, museums of old master’s and Renaissance art, and museums of modern and contemporary art. Overall, they hold many stunning art masterpieces second to none in the world. Furthermore, artworks in Rome are often surrounded by buildings that are architectural masterpieces in themselves.
Our final suggestion is: don’t hurry in Rome, the city has its own, quite relaxed, pace and requires you to adapt to it to fully enjoy its unique personality.

Above: the Colosseum amphitheater (in the background) and the Domus Aurea walls (on the right) from via Labicana. Photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit.


museums in Rome

Centrale Montemartini Archaeological Museum, Rome

Centrale Montemartini Archaeological Museum, Rome

Roma - Via Ostiense, 106
closed: Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
The Centrale Montemartini is an archaeology museum in Rome, focused on Classical sculpture, housed in a former power station built in the early 20th century
Ertruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri

Ertruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri

Cerveteri - Via della Necropoli 43/45
closed: Mondays, Christmas day and New Year’s Day
The 'Banditaccia' necropolis in Cerveteri, near Rome, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest Etruscan archaeological site
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

Roma - viale delle Belle Arti 131
closed: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
The GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome is a modern art museum focused on 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture
Imperial Fora Museum and Trajan’s Markets – Rome

Imperial Fora Museum and Trajan’s Markets – Rome

Roma - Via IV Novembre, 94
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
Located in the Trajan's Market, the Museum of Imperial Fora (Museo dei Fori Imperiali) in Rome is both a museum of ancient art and an archaeological site
Jewish Museum & Great Synagogue, Rome

Jewish Museum & Great Synagogue, Rome

Roma - Lungotevere de' Cenci
closed: Saturdays and major Jewish holidays (see text)
Housed in Great Synagogue in the former Roman Ghetto, the Jewish Museum of Rome (Museo Ebraico di Roma) presents the history and culture of the oldest Jewish community in Europe
MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome

MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome

Roma - via Nizza, 138
closed: Mondays
The MACRO is a contemporary art museum in Rome. Designed by architect Odile Decq on the site of a disused brewery, it mostly features special exhibitions

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Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 2

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 2

The MAXXI museum in Rome by ZHA. Part 2: the architecture of the building complex, structural concept, use of concrete, collections and exhibition spaces

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 1

Zaha Hadid – The MAXXI Museum Rome – part 1

The MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects. Part 1: background and site, development of the project, architectural concept, the design competition

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