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“Palazzo Altemps”

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps
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Ranked #93 of 1,488 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: This archeological museum features the Ludovisi art collection and many ancient sculptures, frescoes and painted ceilings, gems of the Roman Renaissance.
Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Palazzo Altemps”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

A stones throw to the north of Piazza Navona, this 15th C. palazzo is a real gem, many of the sculptures are from the 17thC. collection of Cardinal Ludovisi, the museum offers a cool and calm oasis from the crowds in the Piazza. There are many displays of everyday items as well as the frescoes and wall friezes, also included is the National Romano Egyptian collection.

Visited May 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Roman Sculpture & No Crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

If you like sculpture, this museum is a must see. We were in Rome for Easter and were looking for places far away from the maddening crowds. We found it here. In most rooms we were alone to admire the beautiful ancient sculpture. The only downside to the visit was the palazzo staff (and the reason for not giving "excellent" on the rating). They were very rude and acted as if we were intruding.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Marci B
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“Excellent statuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

The Palazzo Altemps is a place worth visiting. With short lines, amazing statues and easy access this attraction is one not to miss.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Yadeira B
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Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark
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“Definitely a must in Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

If you only have a short time in Rome and has to choose between this museum and the Vatican Museum, choose this!
The exhibition building, located just north of Piazza Navona, is a beautiful palazzo from the 15th century.
The exhibits include the beautiful 5th-century Trono Ludovisi (Ludovisi Throne) with the earliest known version of Aphrodite rising from the sea, a motif later known as 'Venus Anadyomene' and the colossal 'Grand Ludovisi sarcophagus' with incredibly well-executed reliefs showing pergamene victories over the Gauls.
Most impressive is the sculpture group Galata Suicida (Gaul's Suicide), which is part of the same figure series as 'The Dying Gaul'.
Here all items are carefully chosen and positioned so that they compliment each other and the fine rooms that surround them. Beautifully.
When we visited the museum it closed at 21:00, but already from 20:00 we got showcased the museum's exit by all custodians we met. A wise custodian chose to show us the quickest route from one room to the next, as it dawned on her that we actually intended to see the whole thing. At 20:45 we were asked to leave...
But nevertheless: An absolute must in Rome!

Visited February 2014
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“statues still”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Until we saw the works of Cellini, Michelangelo and Donatello, statues left me cold. Having been seduced by the beauty of the great masters' work, I now have an appreciation of 3D art. This collection is set out in a palazzo which gives the works ample space and that space enhances the works as individual pieces. The natural light which engulfed the building on our December visit also serves to bring the best to the pieces many of which are in very good condition and do not suffer distracting distress.
It may be a collection of statues in a city of statues, but it is well worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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