Italy is a true paradise for those who appreciate history, art and culture. See the must-see museums to visit in the country

Whether through paintings, sculptures, architecture, music or fashion, the Italy It is one of the countries that most stands out for artistic production in the world. For history and culture lovers, visit a italian museum is to enter a paradise full of treasures immortalized in marble and ink. In its corridors, priceless collections for humanity can be appreciated just a few meters away.

It's hard not to get emotional when you come across incredible works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafaello, Bellini, among other Renaissance geniuses. In addition, the italian museums reveal mysteries, curiosities, legends and attractions that can surprise visitors.

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In some museums very crowded from Italy, especially in the summer, the wait in line can be up to three hours or more. Therefore, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance online.

meet some must-see museums in Italy:

Capitolini Museum – Rome

THE Capitolini Museum and the Rome's main museum and one of the most complete and richest collections in the world. Located at Capitol Square, what is it remodeled by the Italian master Michelangelo in 1537, it brings together three Roman buildings: the New Palace (Palazzo Nuovo), the Palace of the Conservators (Palazzo dei Conservatori) and the Senatorium Palace (Palazzo Senatorio).

A curiosity about the Capitolini Museum is that it is considered the first public museum in the world. Before its existence, pieces of art were restricted only to kings, nobles and aristocrats, who displayed their collections in their palaces or private spaces. In 1734 the museum was opened to the public by Pope Clement XII, becoming the first art space accessed by the public.

THE Capitolini Museum and its three buildings occupy an area of more than 12 thousand square meters and house works of extreme importance, especially those that reveal the history of the Roman Empire. Among them is the famous statue of the Capitoline wolf that suckled the twins Romulus and Remus in the mythological foundation of Rome. In addition, it is possible to see the original statue of Marcus Aurelius, from 176 AD, a work of art no less than 1842 years old!

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Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Rome
Phone: +39 06 0608

Galleria Borghese – Rome

Housed in an old mansion built between 1613 and 1616 by the Borghese family, one of the noblest in Europe, the Borghese Gallery It is one of the most amazing Roman museums. In addition to concentrating the most beautiful masterpieces in its collection, the gallery is located inside a beautiful park, the Villa Borghese, the second largest in the Italian capital.

The museum is a full plate for lovers of art and beauty, both for the works on display and for its luxurious and imposing rooms. A precious tip is to look at the ceiling of the museum wings, rich in paintings and details. Among the priceless works on display are sculptures by masters such as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafaello, among other great names in Renaissance art. The gallery also features eight sculptures by Bernini, including David, Apollo and Daphne and one of the most famous and magnificent sculptures in the world, the Rapture of Proserpina.

THE Borghese Gallery, despite being small compared to other Italian museums, it has one of the most important collections in the history of world art and, without a doubt, it is a place that should be on your list of must-see museums to visit in Italy.

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Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Rome
Phone: +39 06 841 3979

Palazzo Ducale – Venice

THE Ducal Palace It is one of the main and most beautiful attractions in Venice. Located in the monumental area of Piazza San Marco, the palace it belonged to the Dukes of Venice and was for a long time the seat of government and the Venetian magistracy, in addition to housing an old prison in its lower part. With an impressive Gothic architecture, the place is perfect for photographic records.  

the inside of Ducal Palace it is filled with rich details and stunning paintings on its ceilings and walls. The most famous area is the Hall of the Supreme Court, called Sala del Maggiore Consiglio, a large and beautiful place that houses one of the greatest paintings in the world, Paradise by Tintoretto.

A tour of secret itineraries explores the dark and damp underground prisons, as well as a torture room for convicts. It is possible to visit the former officers' offices, as well as the beautiful and famous Bridge of Sighs. The crossing linked the Palace to the prison and was the place where the convicts saw the light of day for the last time – except for the famous prisoner Casanova, who escaped through the roof in 1756.

Take a few hours to explore the Ducal Palace, as there is much to absorb, feel and admire, both in the works on display and in the historical richness of its environment.

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice

Museo Egizio – Turin

Founded in 1824, the Turin Egizio Museum it is the only space in the world, except the Cairo Museum, dedicated exclusively to Egyptian art and culture. There are about 10 thousand square meters that bring together approximately 36 thousand artifacts from Ancient Egypt, including scrolls, ceramics, tombs, sarcophagi, statues and mummies. The museum's collection is divided into more than ten rooms throughout the building and the pieces are classified by their period and character.

The collection was the result of four centuries of discoveries made during the excavations of the Italian Archaeological Mission, which took place between 1900 and 1935. Among the most important finds are the intact tomb of Kha and Merit and the Temple of Ellesija, the oldest rock temple in Nubia, carved into the sandstone rock by pharaoh Thutmosi III. In addition to these rarities, the museum also features the statues of Amun, Seti II, Sekhmet and Ramses II.

With spacious corridors, modern lighting and windows that allow the visitor a unique experience, the Turin Egizio Museum It is one of the most incredible places in the world and deserves to be contemplated at least once in a lifetime.

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Address: Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 10123 Tuim
Phone: +39 011 561 7776

Pinacoteca di Brera – Milan

Considered one of the most important museums in Italy, the Pinacoteca di Brera It was opened to the public in 1809 on the first floor of the Pallazo di Brera, a project by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria as a research tool for students at the Academy of Fine Arts, also conceived by her.

Some time later it was transformed into a museum by Napoleon Bonaparte, who inserted paintings from former convents, churches and monasteries closed during the Napoleonic era. Through exchanges and donations, the museum grew and currently has an impressive collection, where it is possible to appreciate works by Piero della Francesca, Raffaello, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Bramantino, Bergognone, Luini and Haye.

In the same building as Pinacoteca di Brera there are also the Brera Library, the Astronomy Observatory and the Lombardo Institute for Science and Art, other must-see tours that are worth a visit.

Must-see museums in Italy. Photo: Stefano Stabile / Wikimedia Commons

Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milan
Phone: +39 02 7226 3264

Galleria dell'Accademia – Florence

THE Galleria dell'Accademia, in Florence, it holds one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance. This is where the sculpture of David is located, with its impressive five meters high and incredible details carved from a giant block of marble by the hands of the genius Michelangelo. In addition to this true treasure, a Florentine symbol that symbolizes freedom, the gallery also holds six other works by the Renaissance master, making it the museum with the largest number of Michelangelo sculptures in the world.

The museum also reveals other important works, such as the beautiful paintings by Botticelli, 'Madonna col Bambino' and 'Madonna del Mare'. THE Galleria dell'Accademia today it occupies the building that used to belong to the old hospital of San Mateo and the old monastery of San Nicolás de Cafaggio. The Grand Duke Leopoldo di Lorena, years later, founded the Academy of Fine Arts, dedicated to students to carry out artistic research. At the end of the 18th century, the space was finally fully adequate to give life to the famous museum.

In addition to the admirable collection of works of art, the Galleria dell'Accademia, currently, it also houses the Museum of Musical Instruments, where it is possible to discover the oldest upright piano in the world and a beautiful Stradivarius violin.

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Address: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Florence
Phone: +39 055 238 8609

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