Barberini Palace - Palazzo Barberini

Another exclusive, historical and free from crowds landmark in Rome is Palazzo Barberini. It is easy to find as it is located within 2 minutes walk from the metro station Barberini Line A in the Trevi district, Quatro Fontane 13. During summer heatwaves this place can give you a pause from the sun and ubiquitous tourists that are just everywhere. I also wrote about another landmark worth your visit both in terms of historical/art value and as a place to escape to in summer.

The Barberini Palace was founded by Maffeo Barberini, who later became Pope Urban VIII (1568 - 1644). The three most famous masters - Maderno, Bernini and Borromini participated in constructing it. Bernini and Borromini were known as rivals for those times, each one trying to get more attention from the Papacy. Here in the Barberini Palace you can see two gorgeous staircases made by each of them: one square and one helicoidal. As the Papacy of the Renaissance period was known for their ardent attempts in accumulating art in its every form, Maffeo was not an exclusion. Thus, the Barberini Palace today houses a museum with a big collection of Renaissance and also 16-17-century art. 

In Palazzo Barberini you can find about 5000 paintings among which are undeniable masterpieces made by Caravaggio (“Judith Beheading Holofernes”), Raphael (“La fornarina”), El Greco (Adoration of the Shepherds), Lippi (“Annunciation”), a gallery dedicated to Bernini’s works and many others. You will be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent ceilings decorated with frescoes by Pietro da Cortona, decor, interior and exterior of the whole building. And although it is not popularized as much as other galleries and museums, this place is strongly recommended to those of you who enjoy the art and beauty made in Rome. 

Though rich in masterpieces this gallery is not vast. It is good for tourists, because where if not here you can really appreciate the famous works in silence and cool air of a real palace. It might even happen that in early hours you will be here alone, having a comfortable dialogue with the eternal beauty.

Buying a ticket to the gallery in the Barberini Palace you also acquire access to the Corsini Gallery, which belonged to Maffeo Barberini as well, but is situated much further from the metro station. However, the ticket is valid for three days, so you will have a good chance to visit the second gallery later, too. 

It is a very good idea to unite your sightseeing of the Trastevere district with visiting the Corsini Gallery in via della Lungara 10, when it is open. Unfortunately, today 27.04.21 the gallery is closed for renovation, but it soon will be over, so do not miss its opening and check their website when you are in Rome - https://www.barberinicorsini.org/en/

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