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“Surprisingly interesting, unexpected favorite :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini
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Palazzo Barberini National Gallery of Ancient Art
Ranked #98 of 1,486 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Roman palace worth visiting for its splendor and collection of art, especially its gigantic ceiling fresco of clouds and swirling figures by Italian painter-architect Pietro da Cortona.
Pori, Finland
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“Surprisingly interesting, unexpected favorite :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

I have to admit that we ended up visiting mainly because our hotel was very near and it was raining, but we were positively surprised about how much there was to see. We felt that it was well worth the 7 euros entrance fee, especially since there were only a few other people around. We could move freely and at times had rooms all to ourselves. In fact it was so quiet that when we entered the third floor the staff member that was supposed to check our tickets was napping :D

For those visiting during hot days it may be interesting to note that most rooms seemed to have airconditioning unit. :)

Visited May 2014
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“Great art - terrible administration!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

I was really unsure how to score this because we probably encountered some of the worst staff of the whole holiday here but, ultimately, the collection itself tipped the balance. First the negatives. The staff, every one of them, were surly and unhelpful. We were not advised at the reception that we would have to put my partner's bag in the lockers and only found this out after climbing the staircase to the first floor. Incidentally the first floor was the only one open - the other two were closed due to 'staff shortages' but the entrance fee remained the same! As I went back down to the basement with the offending bag, my partner witnessed several women being allowed through with larger bags than his. I still don't really get the whole 'no bags' thing anyway - there's nothing we could steal that would fit into a shoulder bag and if we wanted to damage the works, we could conceal a knife just as well in a smaller bag or even a pocket! We were told that no photographs were allowed so we put the camera in the bag in the locker only to find other visitors taking photos with no reaction from the staff.

Luckily the art itself was superb as well as the rooms and some incredible ceilings. The highlight for me was (perhaps predictably) the Caravaggio 'Judith & Holofernes'. I've seen images online but there's nothing to compare to seeing the real thing - a sentiment I echoed often during this holiday. There are many other excellent things culminating in an amazing ceiling in the final room (they provide couches you can lie on to look at them comfortably). On the whole then, Palazzo Barberini is definitely worth a visit - just be prepared to deal with miserable, disinterested people.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Magnificent building, no crowds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

A visit to the Palazzo Barberini will cost 7euro and is well worth the visit. There are 3 floors of 13th to 17th century art. The building architecture is magnificent with large marble and stone staircases and with many of its ceilings fully covered with amazing paintings. The added benefit is that it has no large tourist crowds which enables a viewing and appreciation of this gallery in peaceful quiet.
Note, you need to check your bags into lockers which require a 1 euro coin which is refunded on reopening of the locker.

Visited July 2014
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Another "must see" pallazzo in Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

I advise you if you have time to buy a combo ticket with price of 9 euro for palazzo Barberini and for Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere, which is across the Villa Farnesina. Palazzo Barberini needs more time to look at the amazing collection of paintings and the stairs of Bernini and Boromini of the both sides of the building.
We went next day to palazzo Corsini, after visiting villa Farnesina and this is another museum with rich collection of paintings and statues, but it's forbidden to take any pictures.

Visited June 2014
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New York
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“5 * for the art; 3* for audio guide; 2* for sullen workers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

The art is amazing, and the restoration of the palazzo rooms terrific - esp. the Pietro da Cortona chapel. It's always sad, however, to first be greeted by the sullen ticket sellers, then sullen ticket takers. The audio guide (3 Euro) is okay, but it tells you much you can see for yourself (yes, Mary Magdaline's hair covers her body, yes her mouth is slightly open). If you don't know who Beatrice Cenci is, then the short bio is fine. If you do, absolutely nothing new. One floor is closed, due to short staff they say. That's probably okay. You can spend an hour each on the 2 floors that are open, and Caravaggios are shown. And for Euro 7 it's a reasonable price for what they have and Rome museums these days. Don't miss the gardens and the Borromini (not just the Bernini) staircase - and those are all free.

Visited May 2014
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