Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) Tours
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Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) is one of the most beautiful palaces in Rome, built by the city’s great Renaissance architects: Carlo Maderno, Francesco Borromini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Now home to the National Gallery of Ancient Art, the palazzo contains an important collection of paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries.
Worth a visit for the architecture itself, the 17th-century Palazzo Barberini has a soaring marble facade with three tiers of arches—the upper two glazed to form towering windows—facing a semi-enclosed courtyard. Inside, Borromini’s remarkable spiral staircase leading up to the piano nobile (main level), and the Grand Salone decorated by Pietro da Cortona's Baroque Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power ceiling fresco, influenced the art and architecture of later palaces across Europe. The magnificence of this Renaissance palace now forms the backdrop to some of the most beautiful paintings in Rome, including Raphael's La Fornarina, a portrait of King Henry VIII by Hans Holbein, Guido Reni's portrait of Beatrice Cenci (beheaded for patricide in 1599), and a number of works by Filippo Lippi, Titian, and Caravaggio—including his unforgettable depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes.
To fully appreciate Barberini Palace’s important architecture and artistic masterpieces, consider joining a private tour of the National Museum of Ancient Art that includes skip-the-line tickets and a guide. Some Rome night tours and walking tours include a stop by the palace to view its facade, courtyard, and garden...an excellent option for touching on the city’s highlights.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Large bags and backpacks must be left in the lockers near the entrance.
- This is an especially interesting stop for art lovers who want to avoid the crowds in Rome’s more famous museums.
- The palace’s Renaissance garden is open for free to the public daily all year.
How to Get There
Palazzo Barberini is located just off Piazza Barberini, one of the main bus and metro hubs in the city. A number of bus routes and metro line A have stops in the square, and from there it is just steps to the museum entrance.
When to Get There
The museum is closed on Mondays, but open throughout the day the rest of the week. Visit around midday when most the museum is quiet to enjoy the collection virtually to yourself.
Rome’s National Gallery of Ancient Art is located on two sites: Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini. The latter is set in Palazzo Corsini, an 18th-century Baroque palace in Trastevere on the opposite side of the Tiber river next to Villa Farnesina. The palace is home to a beautiful botanical garden covering the slopes of Janiculum hill in addition to a collection of paintings by primarily Italian artists dating from the early Renaissance to the late 18th century.
Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane 13, Rome, Italy
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini)
Visit the National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica), housed inside the Palazzo Barberini, a baroque palace in central Rome. With admission to the museum, you can enjoy its collection of approximately 500 works spread across 34 rooms, including masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael.
Private Sightseeing Tours
An incredible Museum that will give you the opportunity to discover the Italian Art History, starting from the Middle Ages to the Baroque style. A real journy through the Italian Art in order to understand the political and religious changes that brought to the different artistic styles. We will discover some of the greatest artists that worked in Rome during the Renaissance and the Baroque Age. Some of the masterpieces of the Museum: - Raphael - "La Fornarina" - El Greco - Ceiling by Pietro da Cortona - Caravaggio - Titian - Filippo Lippi - Guido Reni - Guercino
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Private and Luxury
See Rome’s beautiful piazzas and landmarks on this walking tour through the historical center. With an insider guide, explore the Eternal City on a route that takes you along Via Veneto, past Villa Borghese, down Via Nazionale and by the Roman Forum area. Soak up the sights and atmosphere of five city piazzas: Repubblica, Quirinale, Barberini, Spagna and Popolo.
Truly authentic Roman walking adventure with our amazing hosts Emanuela and Giuliano. Romans through and through, we provide you with unique Roman insights. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we ensure you have an unforgettable experience. We also enjoy a coffee break and lunch at some of Rome's best kept secrets.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) costs USD 23.47. Guided Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) tours start around USD 23.47 per person. See all 3 Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini)?
The best ways to experience Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) are:
- Skip the Line: Combo Ticket Palazzo Barberini and Corsini Gallery
- Private Tour - Palazzo Barberini
- Rome Uncovered: Private Tour of Historic Rome
- Truly authentic small group Roman walking adventure - Presidential
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