Hi Everyone! This week, I thought it would be interesting to make a post about the best museums that I have been to during my time in Rome. Below, I’ve listed my favorite museums (so far).
Villa Farnesina (Pictured Below)
The Villa Farnesina is located close to my apartment in Trastevere. It was a Renaissance-style home to the Farnesina family and is now home to a number of unique rooms, gardens, and paintings that are open to the public to explore. One of my favorite features of the villa was the fresco paintings on all of the walls. The first time I went, there were professional painters carefully matching the colors of the original paintings and retouching them. I thought this was interesting because it was the first time that I had ever seen this process, and I never thought about how difficult yet important it is to keep these artifacts alive for future historians and art enthusiasts to witness.
Palazzo Venezia is in the piazza that the Altar of the Fatherland is in. Although this palace does not have any original furniture to display, as many usually do, it makes up for this with the grand size and elegance of each room. The paintings, architecture, and especially roof decorations of this building are something to behold. I was so amazed the first time that I went that I decided to go again and bring my camera to show my friends and family. Another aspect of the palace that I enjoyed was the Riad Garden. After taking pictures and looking around, it was so peaceful to sit outside and people-watch.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Pictured Below)
I had the pleasure of visiting the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea with my architecture class. The size of this building was monumental, and the art pieces that it is home to, both modern and contemporary, are all thought-provoking and unique in their own way. Here, one can find famous pieces from artists such as Marco Calderini, Giovanni Baldoni, and Giacomo Balla. This museum is definitely one of my favorites not only because of its diversity but also because it is located in a beautiful neighborhood and surrounded by other attractions such as the Villa and Museum Borghese and Piazza del Popolo.