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Rome Sights

Museo Napoleonico

Updated 03/19/2014

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Housed in an opulent collection of velvet-and-crystal salons that hauntingly capture the fragile charm of early-19th-century Rome, this small museum in the Palazzo Primoli contains a specialized and rich collection of Napoléon memorabilia, including a bust by Canova of the general's sister, Pauline Borghese (as well as a plaster cast of her left bust). You may well ask why this outpost of Napoléon is in Rome, but in 1809 the French emperor had made a grab for Rome, kidnapping Pope Pius VII and proclaiming his young son the King of Rome. All came to naught a few years later, when the emperor was routed off his French throne. Upstairs is the Museo Mario Praz.

Sight Information


Palazzo Primoli, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy



Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–6

Updated 03/19/2014


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