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Arts & Museums
This military body was founded in the second half of the 1700s in order to exact customs duty on behalf of the State and to watch the borders for smugglers. This collection at Museo Storico Guardia di Finanza comprises of uniforms, documents and objects relating to wars up to the time of the Resistance and the surveillance of the alpine and maritime borders. The reconstructed models show boats and transporters of contraband goods. The sporting section illustrates the trophies and triumphs of the "Yellow Flames" sports team. Admission: Free.
This is the place in which the renowned Sicilian poet and author, Pirandello, spent his final years. After his death, his family donated his home to the State, including all the original furniture, a collection of his works and other personal effects kept in the bedroom and studio.Today, the Casa di Pirandello is the headquarters of the Institute of Pirandellian Studies and Contemporary Theatre. A quarterly magazine dedicated to the play Ariel is also published here. It is also home to a library dedicated to theatre containing an extensive collection including many donations from the author's family. Admission: Free.
Animal lovers, this is a must visit spot! Museo Civico di Zoologia is ideal if you have children who love animals and want to find out more about lesser-known or rare species. They have collections of insects, butterflies and small animals and the skeletons of elephants, monkeys and human beings. This is the perfect place for an educational outing with your children! To find out more, visit the website or call ahead.
National Museum of the XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) stands with an aim to promote all the forms of contemporary art. This magnificent structure takes pride in housing the first national museum in architecture, housing all the products and documents involved in architecture as an entity. The MAXXI showcases artistic productions through conferences, documentaries, presentations of cinema and video series, concerts and dance performances. All in all, a great place that educates and enlightens every visitor, right from an art connoisseur to a layman.
Part of the Museum of Modern Art of Rome, MACRO is dedicated to contemporary art. It acts as an exhibition space, hosting some of the most important events in Rome; it also seems to host a fair share of controversial artists. Do visit with your entire family as children under six go in for free.
The MACRO Museum in Rome is an modern art museum that offers a permanent collection of some of the most important expressions in the Italian art scene since the 1960, with works by Italian artists. The Museum was founded in 1999 by the conversion of the old plants of Peroni beer. The new museum building has a large terrace of 2,500 square meters, parking for 161 cars and various museum services.
The British School at Rome is one of the most sought after academies in the neighborhood of Centro Storico. This place gives a platform to all the researchers and artists to exhibit their work and enlighten people about the history and archeology of Italy. Their knowledge is promoted through exhibitions, seminars, lectures and art. You may also want to visit the library that maintains many facts and photographs that are of historical importance. For more information and events schedules, check out the website or call ahead.
This collection is housed in a building constructed in 1613 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of Bernini's greatest patrons. In fact, this great sculptor has exhibited some of his most famous sculptures here; amongst them is the renowned Apollo and Daphne. When one thinks of the Museo Borghese, the sculpture that immediately springs to mind is Canova's Pauline Borghese, in which she poses as Venus, wearing just a drape around her midriff. There are six major pieces by Caravaggio in the Galleria, including The Boy with a Basket of Fruit and the Madonna della Serpe. Titian is also represented with Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael with The Deposition, and there are important works by Correggio. The gallery can only hold 300 visitors at a time, so it is advisable to book in advance.
Located in the neighborhood of Parioli, Istituto Giapponese di Cultura is a must visit gallery, to learn and explore the culture of the Japanese in Italy. This institute inaugurated in 1962, is funded by the Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai which is a private organization. Most of the events here are free. Check out their library to know about the Japanese culture in detail. For exhibitions, event schedules and more information, visit the website or call ahead.
When the Commune of Rome allowed one of its no longer used administrative buildings in Villa Borghese to be used by a sculptor, it did not contemplate it being turned into a museum. The sculptor Pietro Canonica renovated the building at his own expense by promising to donate his works to the city. The museum was opened about 40 years ago and exhibits studies, models, sketches and original works of the artist. After the death of his wife, Canonica's house was also opened to the public where a collection of 19th-century Piedmontese paintings, objects and furnishings can be admired. Admission: EUR 2.
Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia was a splendid Renaissance villa, built for Pope Julius III and houses an important collection of Etruscan treasures found mainly in graves and tombs. The Tomb of the Newlyweds is one of the most famous pieces here, and was probably designed to contain the remains of a couple.There is a reconstruction of a temple in the garden, illustrating the Etruscans' love of detail. The water garden in front of the museum decorated with mosaics, fountains, and statues, and the frescoes inside the colonnaded loggia are worth noting. A recent piece is a 5th century terracotta relief, which shows the Grecian influence on Etruscan art.
The Carlo Bilotti Museum is housed in a restored 16th-century marble palazzo that was once the Villa Borghese’s aranceria, a store-house for oranges. Bilotti, an Italian-American, donated pieces of art by Andy Warhol, Gino Severini, Giacomo Manzù, and Larry Rivers, along with 18 works by Greek-Italian surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, that comprise the museum’s permanent collection. De Chirico’s sculpture, Hector and Andromache, stands outside the museum entrance.