Thursday, March 27, 2014

9 Museums and Historic Sites of Rome

Founded in 754 BC by orphaned brothers Romulous and Remus, a walk through Rome is a walk through time. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon to the immaculate aqueducts and roads, the Roman Empire influenced design, engineering and architecture for centuries to come. The Vatican offers the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, housing enormous collectiong of art and the frescoed ceilings of the Sistine chapel by Michelangelo. From Bernini to Bramante, Raphael and Caravaggio, marvel at the masterpieces that embellish and define the Eternal city: paintings, sculptures, palaces and ever-flowing fountains.

Capitoline Museums
Two palaces designed by Michelangelo. The Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori, containing numerous paintings and classical sculptures.

The Palantine
One of the city's premier ancient sites of Rome, displaying ruins ranging from the simple to the very luxurious.

Palazzo Corsini and the National Gallery of Antique Art
Originally the Palace of the Corsini Family who, upon the state's acquisition, donated their many paintings, essentially founding the national art collection.

Museo Nazionale
One of the world's leading museums of Classical art housing many antiquities. It have five branches: Palazzo Altemps, the Baths of Diocletian, the Aula Ottagona, the Crypta Balbi and the Palazzo Massimo.

Vatican Museums
Residence of the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, including many of the most important and unique art collections on earth.

Roman Forum
The central area around which the commerce of ancient Rome developed in the 2nd century BC. Its vivid remains demonstrate the use of municipal places during the era.

The Pantheon
Complete in 27 BC this circular temple, dedicated to "all the giods," is Rome's most well-preserved ancient building.

The Colosseum
Rome's greatest amphitheater, capable of seating 55,000 spectators. It was used for deadly gladiatorial combats and ferocious animal fights staged by the emperors and wealthy citizens.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, built at the beginning of the 20th century on a large industrial complex, is now a dynamic center of cultural activity.

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