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(National Roman Museum)
Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 46 (Near Piazza Navona)
Tel: +39 06 3996 7700
Buses 30, 70, 81, 87, 87D, 116, 186, 204, 294, 628
9:00 A.M.-7:30 P.M. ; Closed : Mondays, Christmas day, New Year's Day.
The Palazzo Altemps is a 15th century palace that was restored by the Italian Government and opened to the public in 1997. The Boncampani Ludovisi collection of marble statues once decorated the villa of Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi on the Quirinale and is now part of this museum’s collection. The state took about 100 of the original 450 sculptures when the villa was torn down at the end of the 19th century. Cardinal Markus Sitticus Altemps (of German origin) bought the palace in 1568 and placed his collection of ancient sculptures here. The courtyard design was due to this Cardinal.
French lieutenant Jules Hardouin inherited the palace of his dead wife Lucrezia Altemps. He had a daughter by his first marriage, called Maria, and she married Gabriele D’Annunzio in 1883. Because he had an argument with his son-in-law, he gave the building to the Vatican. The Italian Government acquired the palace in 1982 and restored it until the museum opened in 1997.
Photography is allowed in the museum.
The Palazzo Altemps many important Greek and Roman sculptures.
The courtyard of the palace.
Antonino Augustus Pio.
The frieze contains the Labors of Hercules.
One of the statues in the courtyard.