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Palazzo Altemps

  • Piazza Sant'Apollinare 46 Map It
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  • Bust, Hall, Palazzo Altemps, Rome, Italy

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Updated 04/02/2015

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Containing some of the finest ancient Roman statues in the world, the collection here formerly made up the core of the Museo Nazionale Romano. In 1995, it was moved to these new, suitably grander digs. The palace's sober exterior belies a magnificence that appears as soon as you walk into the majestic courtyard, studded with statues and covered in part by a retractable awning. The restored interior hints at the Roman lifestyle of the 16th through 18th centuries while showcasing the most illustrious pieces from the Museo Nazionale, including the Ludovisi family collection. In the frescoed salons you can see the Galata, a poignant work portraying a barbarian warrior who chooses death for himself and his wife rather than humiliation by the enemy. Another highlight is the large Ludovisi sarcophagus, magnificently carved from marble. In a place of honor is the Ludovisi Throne, which shows a goddess emerging from the sea and being helped by her acolytes. For centuries this was heralded

as one of the most sublime Greek sculptures but, today, at least one authoritative art historian considers it a colossally overrated fake. Look for the framed explanations of the exhibits that detail (in English) how and exactly where Renaissance sculptors, Bernini among them, added missing pieces to the classical works. In the lavishly frescoed Loggia stand busts of the Caesars. In the wing once occupied by early-20th-century poet Gabriele D'Annunzio (who married into the Altemps family), three rooms host the museum's Egyptian collection.

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Piazza Sant'Apollinare 46, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €7, includes 3 other Museo Nazionale Romano sites (Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Massimo, Museo Diocleziano); €10 if any one of them has an exhibit
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–7:45; ticket office closes 1 hr before close

Updated 04/02/2015


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Oct 1, 2014

Glory of Rome

I truly adored this place; the statues here are so wonderful! Furthermore, in the rooms some customary canvases on the dividers and fixing could be respected. A delightful accumulation of statues showed in a sublime Palazzo with truly no swarms. Having effectively went by the and the Vatican gallery I had as of now seen my offer of statues so I was a bit disappointed. In the event that I had seen this first I would

have been blown away.

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