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Centrale Montemartini

  • Via Ostiense 106 Map It
  • Aventino
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

After visiting Rome's many old palazzi, the Centrale Montemartini feels like a breath of fresh air. Rome's first electricity plant, reopened as a permanent museum in 2005, houses the overflow of ancient art from the Musei Capitolini collection. With Roman sculptures and mosaics set against industrial machinery and pipes, nowhere else in Rome is the contrast between ancient and modern more apparent or enjoyable. A pleasure, too, is the sheer space of the building—but even better than soaring ceilings and high walls is the fact that you're likely to be one of the only visitors here, making it the perfect stop for those feeling claustrophobic from Rome's crowds. Unusually, the collection is organized by the area in which the ancient pieces were found. Highlights include the 4th-century-AD mosaic of a hunting scene, complete with horseman driving his sword into a boar, and the two portrait heads, so well preserved that they still, incredibly, retain flakes of the gold that once gilded them.

Sight Information

Address:

Via Ostiense 106, Rome, Latium, 00154, Italy

Map It

Phone:

06-0608

Sight Details:

  • €7.50
  • Closed Mon.

Published 06/20/2007

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