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Top Italian museums

Some of the best places to delve into Italian culture


We’ve taken a look at some of the best exhibitions on show, and ultimately have come to love some of the museums Italy has to offer! So now we’re giving you the best of the museums around the country and looking into their history which have a track record of incredible exhibitions and showcases.


The Vatican Museums, Vatican City – This is the most visited museum in all of Italy. The building is split into different areas such as the Profane Museums, with pieces from before the Napoleonic requisitions, and the Astronomy and Instruments wing with tools created between the 11th and 20th centuries. It holds 53 exhibitions, the most notable being the Sistine Chapel decorated with the world famous fresco by Michelangelo. The ceiling is arguably the most prized showcase at the museum, with photos strictly prohibited.


Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence – The gallery sits in a 16th century palace and showcases mostly Renaissance art. Works on show include iconic pieces from Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello to name a few. The gallery is the most visited museum second to the Vatican Museums of Rome. Booking tickets in advance is recommended to avoid big queues on the day.


Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples – The museum is Naples’ most important archaeological museum with a collection ranging from Greek, Roman and Egyptian dating back to 200BC.  It houses the inherited collection of gems called ‘the Farnese Marbles’ placed by Charles of Bourbon after receiving them from his mother, as well as some iconic art erotica created by the Romans (for adults only!)


Gallerie dell’Accademia – Located at the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, the Gallery is home to a collection of Venetian paintings from the region of Veneto. These works were created in the 14th century from Bizantine and Gothic artists such as Bellini and Carpaccio through to the 18th century Bellotto and Longhi.


Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan – An art museum originating in the 19th century as a private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. Highlights of the exhibition include weaponry, glassworks, ceramics and jewelry from the era.

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