Visiting the Museums and Monuments of Rome
Art, archaeology, history, literature... Rome has some of the world's finest museums. Find out how to make the most of them using discount tickets and vouchers...
Rome and Lazio have hundreds of museums, monuments of ancient history and sites of historical interest, including medieval buildings, Renaissance Palaces and Baroque churches.
Museum Ticket Books and Pass Cards
The Roma Pass offers transport and entry to two museums, as well as other significant savings on galleries and events. The card is valid for three days and can be bought in tourist information points and museums.
- For the Roma Pass website: Click here
Roma Archeologia Card
Roma Archeologia Card is valid for one week and allows free entry to the Roman National Museum, Colosseum, Palatine, the Baths of Caracalla, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Villa of the Quintili. Cards are available from the museums and monuments or from the Rome Tourist Board visitor centre.
Appia Antica Card
Valid for seven days, this card includes entry to the Baths of Caracalla, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Villa of the Quintili.
National Roman Museum Card
A special ticket is available for the five sites of the National Roman Museum and is valid for three days.
- For more information about the National Roman Museum Card: Click here
A discount card valid for one year allows entry into all the museums, galleries and park sites within the grounds of Villa Borghese.
Dress, Photos and Cameras
Taking photos with a flash is banned in most museums. When visiting churches and cathedrals, it is forbidden to film or take photos during services.
When visiting churches, cathedrals, chapels or monasteries, it is advised to dress appropriately. Many places will refuse entry to people wearing the following:
- sleeveless shirts/tank tops/singlets/vests
- above the knee shorts
- no shoes (bare feet)
National Heritage Week
The Settimana dei Beni Culturali, a government-organised heritage week, is an annual event, during which entry to many museums is free.
- For the Beni Culturali website: Click here (in Italian)
Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)
The Roman Catholic Church’s major collection of sculptures, paintings and works of art was founded in 1503. The collection covers seven kilometres and attracts over one million tourists each year. Significant highlights include the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, the Raphael Stanze and the Gregorian Egyptian Museum. Paintings in the collection include Caravaggio's Entombment and Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Saint Jerome.
- Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)
At: Viale Vaticano, 00120 Citta del Vaticano
Tel: 0669 884 947
Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome)
This museum, close to Piazza Navona, is split into three sections. The first, the Museum of Rome, is home to many items from the medieval period right up to the 20th century. There are paintings by Sacchi, Ghezzi and Batoni cataloguing Roman civil and religious events,, as well as sculptures by Bernini, Cametti and Algardi.
The second area, the Municipal Print Collection, holds a collection of prints, watercolours and engravings showing changes in Roman life through the years.
The Municipal Photograph Archives make up the third section of the museum, and display images from the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.
- Museo di Roma
At: Via di San Pantaleo, 00186 Rome
Tel: 0667 108 346
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art)
This Museum boasts a very wide range of paintings, sculptures and prints by Italian and foreign artists from the 19th century until recent times.
- Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
At: Viale delle Belle Arte 131, 00196 Rome
Tel: 0632 2981
- Rome Tourist Office
At: Via Parigi 11, 00185 Rome
Tel: 06 488 991
Fax: 064 819 316
- Frosinone Tourist Office
At: Via Aldo Moro 465, 03100 Frosinone
Tel: 077 583 381
Fax: 0775 833 837
- Latina Tourist Office
At: Via Duca del Mare 19, 04100 Latina
Tel: 0773 498 711
Fax: 0773 661 266
- Rieti Tourist Office
At: Via Cinta 87, 02100 Rieti
Tel: 0746 201 146
Fax: 0746 270 446
- Viterbo Tourist Office
At: Piazza dell'Oratorio 2, Palazzo Doria Pamphili, 01030 Viterbo
Tel: 0761 291 000
Fax: 0761 326 206