MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS TOP SIGHTS Spanish Steps MACRO Climb the most famous staircase in the world for a fantastic view of the city and visit the stunning Trinità dei Monti church at the very top. Piazza di Spagna. Free. Contemporary art museum located in former Peroni beer factory. Open Tue–Sun, 10am– 8pm. Via Nizza, 138. Tel 0667107900. Free. museomacro.org Castel Sant’Angelo Emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum, transformed into a fortress centuries later, now a museum. For the kids, there’s also an ancient weapon section. Bulgari, the History, the Dream. The luxury jewelry brand’s 100 years of history as recounted through their most iconic pieces. Armor and Power in Renaissance Europe. Both exhibits also on display at Palazzo Venezia. Open daily, 9am–7:30pm. Lungotevere Castello, 50. Tel 0632810. 4, 7 reduced. castelsantangelo.com Map G1 Map E2 Trevi Fountain Mattatoio di Roma LAST CHANCE Until 3 Nov: Nicola Salvi’s iconic fountain is newly restored and finally reopened to the public. Make sure to toss a coin or two into its famous waters. Piazza di Trevi. Free. Once the seat of MACRO’s Future branch, this contemporary art museum located in a former slaughterhouse highlights cutting-edge art. Open Tue–Sun, 4pm–10pm. Piazza O. Giustiniani, 4. 6, 5 reduced. mattatoioroma.it Until 11 Nov: Map E3 €€ Map D6 ARCHAEOLOGY MAXXI €€ Ara Pacis Map C2/3 Museum of 21st-century art showcasing latest trends in art and architecture. Exhibit of the works of Italian architect Gio Ponti. Elisabetta Catalano (photography). Alberto Garutti’s public art project set in Piazza del Popolo. Maria Lai: Altan, Pimpa, Cipputi, and other thinkers. Contemporary Italian painter Enzo Cucchi. Exhibition dedicated to the spiritual matter of art. Open Tue–Sun, 11am–7pm (Sat until 10pm). Via Guido Reni, 4a. Tel 064824184. 12, 9 reduced, kids under 14 free. maxxi.art The imposing altar devoted to peace is housed in Richard Meier’s museum, the first work of contemporary architecture in the historic center since the Fascist Era. Open daily, 9:30am–7:30pm. Lungotevere in Augusta. Tel 0682059127. 10.50, 8.50 reduced. Colosseum NEW From 27 Nov: Begun in 70 AD, the Colosseum had seating for 50k and a sail-like roof covering. Carthage: The Immortal Myth. Open daily, 8:30am–7:15pm. Piazza del Colosseo. 12, 2 reduced, includes admission to Palatine Hill/ Roman Forum. Until 22 Dec: Until 31 Dec: Until 29 Mar 2020: € Until 12 Jan 2020: €€ Map D2 € Until Catacombs 26 Jan 2020: Until 8 March 2020: Map F4 Miles of underground tunnels contain the remains and the graves of martyrs, saints, and ordinary people, buried in the early Christian era. Via Appia Antica. Prices vary. Pantheon The best preserved Roman monument, constructed by Agrippa in 27 BC and rebuilt by Hadrian in 117–125 AD. In 608 AD, it was transformed into a Christian church. It contains the tombs of Vittorio Emanuele and Raphael. Open daily, 9am–7:30pm, Sun until 6pm. Piazza della Rotonda. Free. Off Map €€ Off Map Baths of Caracalla National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini Monumental 3rd-century bath complex, once the center of Roman civic, social, and political life, built by Emperor Caracalla. Learn the ancient techniques for heating water and imagine how it looked before it was stripped of its marble and mosaics. Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52. Open Tue–Sat, 9am–7:15pm; Mon 9am–2pm. 8, 4 reduced. This baroque palace is home to the larger portion of the country’s national art collection, including Raphael’s Fornarina and works by Holbein, Bronzino, Caravaggio, and more. Michelangelo in Color: Marcello Venusti, Lelio Orsi, Marco Pino, Jacopino del Conte. Open Tue–Sun, 8:30am–7pm. Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13. Tel 064824184. 12, 2 reduced, kids under 18 free. barberinicorsini.org Map D3 Piazza Navona One of the most beautiful squares in Rome, it boasts Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, which encompasses an Egyptian obelisk and a sculpture of four river gods. Free. Until 6 Jan 2020: Map F6 €€ Trajan’s Markets Map D3 The semicircular market was ancient Rome’s mall and an office building. The site also houses an archaeology museum, and occasional contemporary installations. Via IV Novembre, 94. Tel 066790048. Open daily, 9:30am–7:30pm. 16, 14 reduced. Quirinal Palace € € Map F3 The center of Italian government is open to visitors by appointment. See Cappella Paolina, Sala dei Corazzieri, and works by Borromini, Reni, da Cortona, da Forlì, and more. Open Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun, 9:30am– 4pm. Piazza del Quirinale. Tel 0639967557. Free. Guided tour: 10 (€5 reduced). palazzo.quirinale.it National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Corsini € This lovely noble palace houses part of the country’s national art collection, and is decorated with frescoes and trompe l’oeils. The collection includes works by Guercino, Carraci, Rubens, Fra Angelico, and Caravaggio. Open Wed–Mon, 8:30am–7pm. Via della Lungara, 10. Tel 066874845. 12, 2 reduced, kids under 18 free. barberinicorsini.org Map E4 € € ART GALLERIES & EXHIBITION SPACES Map E3 Roman Forum/Palatine Hill €€ The heart of Ancient Rome. See the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and more. Climb the Palatine Hill to find the Domus Flavia and the Museo Palatino. A 1stcentury ramp that leads from the Roman Forum to the Palatine Hill is now officially open to the public following a six-year restoration project. Kronos and Kairos: The Times of Contemporary Art. Via dei Fori Imperiali. Tel 066990110. Open daily, 8:30am–7:15pm. 12, 2 reduced, includes admission to the Colosseum. (House of Augustus: Tue–Sun, 9am –1:30pm, site included in 16 superticket). Chiostro del Bramante Map C4 Exhibition space housed in Bramante’s cloister of Santa Maria della Pace’s church. It hosts temporary exhibits by important international artists. Bacon, Freud, and the School of London. Works from the Tate. Open Mon– Fri, 10am– 8pm; Sat, Sun until 9pm. Via della Pace. Tel 0668809098. 14, 12 reduced. National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM) Until 23 Largest collection of Italian art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Joint is out of Time. Mo(nu) mentum: Robert Morris 2015– 2018. Viale delle Belle Arti, 131. Tel 06322981. 10, 5 reduced. lagallerianazionale.com Feb 2020: LAST CHANCE Until 3 Until 12 Jan 2020: LAST Nov: CHANCE Until 3 Nov: Map C/D3 €€ € € Galleria Borghese Map E1 € Arguably the most beautiful museum in the city, it includes works by Bernini, Correggio, Titian, Canova, Raphael, and Caravaggio, as well marble sculptural works from antiquity. Luigi Valadier: Splendor in 18th- century Rome. Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5. Tel 0632810. Open Tue–Sun, 8:30am–7:30pm. 6.50 reduced. galleriaborghese.it € Palazzo delle Esposizioni (PalaExpo) Imposing 19th-century building by Pio Piacentini hosting contemporary art and photography exhibits. Evasion Techniques. Subversive Strategy and the Derision of Power in the Hungarian Avant Garde in the 1960s and ‘70s. Sublime Anatomies. Exhibit of objects and documents of immense historical, artistic, and scientific importance illustrating the history of the observation of the human body. The Mechanics of Monsters: From Carlo Rambaldi to Makinarium. Katy Couprie: Crazy Dictionary of the Body. Exhibit inspired by the French author/artist’s eponymous book. Open Tue–Sun, 10am– 8pm; Fri, Sat until 10:30pm. Via Nazionale, 194. Tel 0639967500. 10, 8 reduced. palazzoesposizioni.it Map E/F4/5 € Until 20 Feb Saint Peter’s Basilica Until 6 Jan 2020: 2020: The longest church in the world with art including Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino. No shorts, short skirts, or bare shoulders. Open daily, 7am–7pm. Tel 0669883229. Free. 13, € Also: Map F1 € Galleria Doria Pamphilj Map B3 Also: A rich collection of works by major Italian artists including Titian, Raphael, Correggio, Caravaggio, Guercino, Reni, and Bernini, all located in a glorious masion. The audio guide was recorded by living members of the Pamphilj family who grew up in the palace. Open daily, 9am–7pm. Via del Corso, 305. Tel 066797323. 12, 8 reduced. doriapamphilj.it Sistine Chapel/ Vatican Museums Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance, and baroque art; works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Canova, and many more. Open Mon– Sat, 9am– 6pm, last entrance 4pm. Viale del Vaticano. Tel 0669883332. 17, 8 reduced. ( Free last Sun of each month, 9am– 2pm.) Advanced reservations at vatican.va. Also: € € Map E3 Map F3 € € €€ Map B2 57 www. wheretraveler. com
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