Top 6 Museums To Visit In Italy

Italy is a wonderful country to visit. Nobody can deny that. With so much culture and the long history that Italy has, it is obvious that there are various museums that you can visit. We highlight some of those that are definitely among the best and that have to be considered by those that love such attractions.

Vatican Museums – Rome

Vatican Museums – Rome

This is the one museum that basically all tops include and it is really easy to understand why since we are faced with an impressive 100 galleries. Musei Vaticani gives you access to tremendous papal treasures that were accumulated over hundreds of years. Do visit the Sistine Chapel, experience the sculptures from Roman times at Belvedere Apollo and the Greco-Roman pagan antiquities featured together with European renaissance art.

Museo Archeologico Nationale – Naples

Here is where you can see frescoes and mosaics from Herculaneum and Pompeii. The Attenti Al Cani mosaic, the one that is the most reproduced, is present here. Besides this, many other great attractions are available, including Farnese Bull and statuary that survived from ancient Europe times.

Galleria Degli Uffizi – Florence

Galleria Degli Uffizi – Florence

This is a beautiful High Renaissance building that is U shaped. Giorgio Vasari was responsible for the design of these offices, created for Tuscany dukes during Medici period. While it is not the best art museum in Europe, you will find one of the most impressive Renaissance paintings collection in the world with featured works from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli.

Santa Maria Della Scala – Siena

Santa Maria Della Scala – Siena

This museum looks stunning and looking at it is an attraction in itself. Santa Maria Della Scala was a hospital ranging from far away medieval times till the 1990s. That was when the hospital was closed and frescoed wards, sacristy and chapels were eventually opened for a public viewing, with so much more available through the labyrinthine basement floors.

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National Etruscan Museum – Rome

National Etruscan Museum – Rome

Etruscans were Romans’ ancestors. They are not well documented and quite mysterious. Most people do not know much about them. Their legacy lies in marble sculpture, bronze items, jewellery and sarcophagi that are representations of heroes from mythology. The National Etruscan Museum is impressive and highlights various artifacts, many being excavated at the Rome Cerveteri sight. To make matters even more interesting, the site of the museum is a fifteenth century papal villa.

National Gallery Of Umbria – Perugia

National Gallery Of Umbria – Perugia

The Italian Renaissance art is featuring roots coming from Umbrian and Tuscan paintings appearing in the 1200s. You can find a large part of the collection at the National Gallery Of Umbria, giving access to a truly world class paintings collection. Most of the paintings were executed between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries in Umbria or Tuscany. You will find works signed by Gozzoli, Duccio, Fra Angelico and many others.

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