Side Trips from Rome Sights

Palazzo Barberini

  • Piazza della Cortina 1 Map It
  • Palestrina

Published 11/12/2015

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A bomb blast during World War II uncovered the remains of the immense Temple of Fortune that covered the entire hillside under the present town. Large arches and terraces are now visible and you can walk or take a local bus up to the imposing Palazzo Barberini, which crowns the highest point. The palace was built in the 17th century along the semicircular lines of the original temple. It now contains the Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Palestrina, with material found on the site that dates from throughout the classical period. A well-labeled collection of Etruscan bronzes, pottery, and terra-cotta statuary as well as Roman artifacts take second place to the main event, a 1st-century BC mosaic showing ancient Egyptian pleasure craft and African animals. This highly colorful and detailed work is worth the trip to Palestrina by itself. But there's more: a model of the temple as it was in ancient times helps you appreciate the immensity of the original construction.

Sight Information


Piazza della Cortina 1, Palestrina, Latium, 00036, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Museum: daily 9–8. Archaeological zone: daily 9–1 hr before sunset

Published 11/12/2015


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