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Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

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  • Alter, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome, Italy

    By Marie-Lan Nguyen (2006) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Published 03/31/2016

Fodor's Review

Come here to get a real feel for ancient Roman art—the collection rivals even the Vatican's. The Museo Nazionale Romano, with a collection ranging from striking classical Roman paintings to marble bric-a-brac, has four locations: Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, the Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano, and this, the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. This vast structure holds the great ancient treasures of the archaeological collection and also the coin collection. Highlights include the Dying Niobid, the famous bronze Boxer, and the Discobolus Lancellotti. Pride of place goes, however, to the great ancient frescoes on view on the top floor, stunningly set up to "re-create" the look of the homes they once decorated. These include stuccoes and wall paintings found in the area of the Villa della Farnesina (in Trastevere) and the legendary frescoes from Empress Livia's villa at Prima Porta, delightful depictions of a garden in bloom and an orchard alive with birds. Their colors are remarkably well preserved. These delicate decorations covered the walls of cool, sunken rooms in Livia's summer house outside the city.

Sight Information


Largo Villa Peretti 1, Rome, Latium, 00185, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €7, includes Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps (valid for 3 days)
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–7:45

Published 03/31/2016


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