Barberini Palace Tours

Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini) is one of the most beautiful palaces in Rome, built by the city’s great Renaissance architects: Carlo Maderno, Francesco Borromini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Now home to the National Gallery of Ancient Art, the palazzo contains an important collection of paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries.
 
The Basics
Worth a visit for the architecture itself, the 17th-century Palazzo Barberini has a soaring marble facade with three tiers of arches—the upper two glazed to form towering windows—facing a semi-enclosed courtyard. Inside, Borromini’s remarkable spiral staircase leading up to the piano nobile (main level), and the Grand Salone decorated by Pietro da Cortona's Baroque Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power ceiling fresco, influenced the art and architecture of later palaces across Europe. The magnificence of this Renaissance palace now forms the backdrop to some of the most beautiful paintings in Rome, including Raphael's La Fornarina, a portrait of King Henry VIII by Hans Holbein, Guido Reni's portrait of Beatrice Cenci (beheaded for patricide in 1599), and a number of works by Filippo Lippi, Titian, and Caravaggio—including his unforgettable depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes.
 
To fully appreciate Barberini Palace’s important architecture and artistic masterpieces, consider joining a private tour of the National Museum of Ancient Art that includes skip-the-line tickets and a guide. Some Rome night tours and walking tours include a stop by the palace to view its facade, courtyard, and garden...an excellent option for touching on the city’s highlights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Large bags and backpacks must be left in the lockers near the entrance.
  • This is an especially interesting stop for art lovers who want to avoid the crowds in Rome’s more famous museums.
  • The palace’s Renaissance garden is open for free to the public daily all year.
 
How to Get There
Palazzo Barberini is located just off Piazza Barberini, one of the main bus and metro hubs in the city. A number of bus routes and metro line A have stops in the square, and from there it is just steps to the museum entrance.
 
When to Get There
The museum is closed on Mondays, but open throughout the day the rest of the week. Visit around midday when most the museum is quiet to enjoy the collection virtually to yourself.
 
Galleria Corsini
Rome’s National Gallery of Ancient Art is located on two sites: Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini. The latter is set in Palazzo Corsini, an 18th-century Baroque palace in Trastevere on the opposite side of the Tiber river next to Villa Farnesina. The palace is home to a beautiful botanical garden covering the slopes of Janiculum hill in addition to a collection of paintings by primarily Italian artists dating from the early Renaissance to the late 18th century.
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Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane 13, Rome, Italy
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Combo Ticket Palazzo Barberini And Corsini Gallery

Visit the National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica), housed inside the Palazzo Barberini, a baroque palace in central Rome. With admission to the museum, you can enjoy its collection of approximately 500 works spread across 34 rooms, including masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip

Explore without the hassle of planning on a full day tour of the Pope’s year-round and summer residences. After a tour of the Vatican, which includes the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Gardens, hop on a train to Castel Gandolfo for a tour of the Pope’s summer residence and a buffet lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients. Skip-the-line Vatican admission and a round-trip train ticket are included for your convenience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Skip-the-Lines Barberini Palace Museum and Gallery Private Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the magnificent Barberini Palace on this private 2.5-hour tour. Explore the grand 17th-century palace, marvel at its architectural wonders, and visit the gallery to admire paintings by masters such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and Holbein.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Golf Cart Tour by Night

Explore an illuminated Eternal City on this evening tour of Rome by golf cart. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city’s piazzas, fountains and historical sights lit up after dark, from the Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane to Piazza Barberini to the Spanish Steps. You’ll learn interesting things about the city from a knowledgeable guide, who shares information about Rome’s art and history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome Uncovered: A Fully Private Walking Tour Through the Most Iconic Places of Rome

See Rome’s beautiful piazzas and landmarks on this walking tour through the historical center. With an insider guide, explore the Eternal City on a route that takes you along Via Veneto, past Villa Borghese, down Via Nazionale and by the Roman Forum area. Soak up the sights and atmosphere of five city piazzas: Repubblica, Quirinale, Barberini, Spagna and Popolo.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Rome: Borromini, The Insufferable Genius self-guided mobile tour

Borromini: The Insufferable Genius celebrates the rivalry between Borromini and Bernini as they both strove to become the pre-eminent architect in Rome. This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by our tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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