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“Don't miss this Palace”
Review of Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini
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Palazzo Barberini National Gallery of Ancient Art
Ranked #102 of 1,515 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.
Montreal, Canada
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“Don't miss this Palace”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

A step away from Barberini metro station. You will never forget this gallery. You need at leat 3 hours to have a decent tour. You must rent the audio guide to enjoy your visit.

Don't miss this Palace !

Visited July 2014
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“Once again breathtaking!!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Rome has many many palazzos and this is one of the best!! Must visit!! Entrance 10.00-19.00.. Barberini was one of the greatest classic painters allover the world!!

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“Don't walk past this gem”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Lovely building with some absolute stunning artwork and worth going in just for the staircases and the Caravaggio. Plenty of seats for when the teens got bored and not expensive to get in.

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Pori, Finland
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“Surprisingly interesting, unexpected favorite :)”
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!”
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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