The Best Underrated Museums to See in Rome

Many travellers visit Rome for an exceptional display of Art and History. With famous museums showcasing iconic pieces which are renowned worldwide. But due to the surplus of pieces, a lot of the city’s museums fall under the radar. However, it is easy enough to escape the crowds for a day and unearth the secret pleasures hidden around the city‘s corners. Here are our top picks of the most underrated museums within Rome that are worth the visit.

  • Ara Pacis Augustae

    Be spared from the heavy foot traffic for a morning and visit the Ara Pacis Augustae, also known as Altar of the Augustan Peace. It is an altar dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace, and was built in 13 BCE to celebrate the return of Augustus in from his crusades in Spain and Gaul. It was lost for over 1,000 years only to be rediscovered and set on display for visitors to enjoy.

  • Centrale Montemartini

    Centrale Montemartini Museum is set in Rome’s first public electrical power plant. It is home to numerous marble statues, creating the famous contrasting museum space. The high glass windows create a stunning light effect for the museum. The large machinery forms a fascinating framework to the ancient sculptures and findings from the late nineteenth century and the 1930s.

  • Palazzo Altemps

    Step inside this exceptional museum to see an array of both Greek and Roman sculptures. Equipped with a stunning courtyard with frescos and sculptures scattered within, this museum lets you enjoy the morning sun as you stroll past these masterpieces.

  • Villa Giulia

    Villa Giulia is only a short walk from the famous Galleria Borghese but without the mass of crowds. With an array of Etruscan antiques from the ancient civilisation of Rome, picked up from both Lazio and Umbria, the villa promises a captivating glimpse into the past. the building was built by Pope Julius III in 1551 and is one of the city’s best example of Mannerist architecture.

  • Villa Medici

    Villa Medici has both inside and outdoor sights, with perfectly manicured gardens with exceptional roman sculptures dispersed around. The interior’s decoration is breathtaking and filled with a rich history. Before visiting, look at the museum’s calendar, as there are live music performances and art exhibitions held throughout the year. A bonus at this museum is the spectacular view of Rome from afar, making it the perfect place for your next Instagram post.

  • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

    See how art can blend beautifully with architecture at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. If you are interested in seeing big-name artists in quiet scenery, this museum is for you. With masters such as Raphael, Velázquez, Titian, and Tintoretto all making an appearance.

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