The Eternal City – 2,000 extraordinary years of glory, greatness and triumph – and decadence, murder and destruction – evidenced by some of the world’s most iconic, must-see monuments and museums.
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Rome, Lazio, Italy|
This 17th-century Palazzo, designed by Carlo Maderno and Bernini, is itself a perfect example of how the elite lived in baroque Rome.
It’s now also part of Rome’s national gallery, and houses the best collection of the city’s old masterpieces – a wealth of art by Filippo Lippi, Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio and Holbein, plus majestic ceiling frescoes by Pietro da Cortona.
Look out for La Fornarina, an iconic 1595 painting that depicts Raphael’s supposed mistress, the baker’s daughter, who caused his death ‘through a surfeit of love’ as he was frescoing Villa Farnesina.
Getting there & doing it
The nearest metro station is Barberini on the Metro line A. It’s a 5-minute walk from there.
Guided tours are only available for groups, and there are no audio guides, so it’s definitely worth checking out the masterpieces section on the website before you go.
When to do it
It’s open all year round, Tuesdays to Sunday. Closed Monday.
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