Palazzo Altemps Tours
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Part of the National Roman Museum, Palazzo Altemps houses a collection of sculptures and Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts. Visit to see pieces like the Roman sculpture The Galatian Suicide and the impressive, nearly 2,000-year-old Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus, which is covered with intricate carvings of soldiers in battle.
Home to a fascinating collection of items, Palazzo Altemps is a little-known gem. The items in the collection were owned by Roman nobility in the 16th and 17th centuries. The building itself is also worthy of note: the 15th-century palace was built on the grounds of a Roman dwelling, close to the Piazza Navona, and boasts frescoed walls. For greater insight into the collection, arrange a private guided tour of the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Save on the entry fee by purchasing a combination ticket to all the sites that make up the National Roman Museum, including the Baths of Diocletian, the Crypta Balbi, and the Palazzo Massimo.
- The Palazzo Altemps is wheelchair accessible.
- Make sure you visit the Sant' Aniceto chapel, part of the palace complex.
How to Get There
The Palazzo Altemps is located right in the center of Rome, just behind the Piazza Navona. It is walking distance from several major sites, including the Pantheon. City buses 30 and 70 stop nearby, and the closest metro station is Flaminio–Piazza del Popolo (Line A), a 15-minute walk from the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday all year round. The Palazzo Altemps is one of the quieter museums in Rome, and makes for a restful escape from the city crowds. The building is also lovely and cool on hot summer days.
Walk the Piazza Navona
Just a short stroll from the Palazzo Altemps you’ll find the expansive Piazza Navona. The plaza was built on the site of the former Roman Stadium of Domitian, which was used for athletic contests in the 1st century AD. The stadium’s U-shaped layout can still be seen in the shape of the square, and at the north end you can see what’s left of the original building.
Address: Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 46, Roma 00186, Italy
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Palazzo Altemps
Would you like to visit Rome off the beaten path? During this private tour we will take you to one of the most underrated Roman museums, Palazzo Altemps. Wander around in a beautiful frescoed Renaissance palace, just around the corner of Piazza Navona. After your visit of this wonderful palace, you will go to Castel Sant'Angelo. Learn everything about the fascinating history of this castle, which was originally emperor Hadrian's Mausoleum, fortified and transformed over the centuries. Take your camera with you and go off the beaten path with us.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Palazzo Altemps displays a large collection of Greek and Roman artifacts that belonged to various noble families of the city and is one of the four buildings associated with the National Roman Museum. Meet your top-rated guide, a specialized archeologist at the entrance and learn how the palazzo was inaugurated in 1997 as a museum, with the intention to exhibit archeological finds, and over time how it acquired sculptures, marble statues and mosaics. Note the stunning frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings as you wander around the grand building. Many pieces are part of the Ludovisi Collection. Some of the highlights include the beautiful Ludovisi Throne, a carved marble block with a naked Venus, Bernini’s incredible restoration of the Ares Ludovisi and the Gaul’s Suicide.The museum also houses a major collection of Egyptian art and sculptures, which partly came from Egypt. The building features a picturesque courtyard with a beautiful loggia and its own chapel, Sant’Aniceto.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Authentic Roman walking adventure with our amazing hosts Emanuela and Giuliano. Romans through and through, we provide you with unique Roman insights. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we ensure you have an unforgettable experience. We also enjoy a coffee break and lunch at some of Rome's best kept secrets.
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