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Palazzo Barberini: Rome's Artistic Splendor in the Heart of the Eternal City

Explore the grandeur of Rome's art and history at Palazzo Barberini. Immerse yourself in the Renaissance era through masterpieces by renowned artists and stunning Baroque architecture. Don't miss the chance to unravel Italy's artistic heritage!

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Palazzo Barberini, one of Rome's most distinguished historical sites, invites visitors to step into the captivating world of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in the heart of Rome, this grand palace showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of famous architects and the masterpieces of celebrated painters. A visit to Palazzo Barberini is not just a tour; it's an experience that transports you to an era of artistic brilliance.

Visit the Palazzo Barberini and marvel at Baroque masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, El Greco and others

Masterpieces Galore

Housing the National Gallery of Ancient Art, Palazzo Barberini showcases works by art legends such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and El Greco. From classical sculptures to breath-taking paintings, the gallery offers an array of artistic marvels that resonate with art connoisseurs and casual observers alike.

Architectural Brilliance

Designed by celebrated architects like Maderno, Borromini, and Bernini, the structure of Palazzo Barberini is a feast for the eyes. The façade, the sweeping staircase, and the spectacular frescoes on the ceilings and walls – every architectural detail is a statement of Baroque grandiosity.

The Famous Helicoidal Staircase

The helicoidal staircase by Borromini is one of the architectural highlights of the palace. Its innovative design and graceful curvature are emblematic of the Baroque style, offering a unique experience for architecture enthusiasts.

Guided Tours and Workshops

Explore the rooms filled with historical artifacts, enjoy guided tours led by knowledgeable guides, or participate in engaging workshops tailored for both adults and children. Palazzo Barberini ensures that every visitor finds something to enrich their understanding of art and history.

A Historical and Cultural Experience

Palazzo Barberini is more than a museum; it is a vivid encounter with history and art. The beautiful garden, the splendid halls, and the intimate corners all provide a multi-layered experience that lingers in memory. Engage with Italy's rich cultural fabric and let Palazzo Barberini be your gateway to the Renaissance.

A very special exhibition and a very special opportunity for every art enthusiast

The collaboration between Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Barberini has been extended until 27 October 2024. The Palazzo will host fifty works from the Galleria Borghese in the South Wing of the piano Nobile. 

This initiative is a unique opportunity to bring together two collections that share a similar history, linked to two crucial figures in 17th century Roman political and cultural life, Maffeo Barberini and Scipione Borghese, in an ideal historical and cultural, and not least, geographical proximity. Absolute masterpieces will therefore be on display, some of which we will mention: Antonello da Messina's Portrait of a Man, Giovanni Bellini's Madonna with Child, St. John and Angels by Sandro Botticelli, Raphael's Portrait of a Young Woman with Unicorn, Peter Paul Rubens' Susanna and the Old Men, Titian's Sacred Love and Profane Love, and Paolo Veronese's Preaching of the Baptist.


Highlights Palazzo Barberini

  • National Gallery of Ancient Art: Home to an exquisite collection of masterpieces by art legends such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and El Greco, offering a comprehensive view of Italian artistic heritage. 
  • Architectural Grandeur: Designed by renowned architects like Maderno, Borromini, and Bernini, the palace's structure embodies Baroque brilliance, with eye-catching details such as the façade and sweeping staircase. 
  • The Helicoidal Staircase: An architectural wonder within the palace, the helicoidal staircase by Borromini is an innovative and gracefully curved structure, symbolizing the unique creativity of the Baroque period.
  • Guided Tours and Workshops: Visitors can immerse themselves in history and art through guided tours led by knowledgeable guides, as well as engaging workshops tailored for both adults and children, ensuring an enriched experience.
  • A Multifaceted Experience: Beyond being a museum, Palazzo Barberini provides an intimate encounter with Italian culture through its splendid halls, beautiful gardens, and intimate corners, weaving together art, history, and architecture into an unforgettable experience.


Opening hours Palazzo Barberini

Tuesday to Sunday (10am – 7pm) 

Last entrance at 6pm 

CLOSED: November 22, December 25, January 1

Free Entrance on first Sunday of the month, April 25, June 2, November 4 


Reservations Palazzo Barberini

The ticket is valid for Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini. 

Important: the ticket must be collected at Palazzo Barberini (after showing the Rome City Pass) as first Attraction to visit and it is valid 20 days to visit the Galleria Corsini.


Restrictions and guidelines Palazzo Barberini

  • Parking available for people with disabilities. Entrances without architectural barriers. Ramps for wheelchairs, next to ticket office, leading to the ground floor exhibition rooms and to an elevator giving access to first floor exhibition rooms.
  • It’s mandatory to check handbags, backpacks and umbrellas inside the cloakroom. Luggage and suitcases are not admitted.



How to get to the Palazzo Barberini

Bus: 53 – 61 – 62 – 63 – 80 – 81 – 83 – 160 – 492 – 590 

Metro line A, stop Barberini 


Address Palazzo Barberini

Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 – 00184 Rome, Italy

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