15th-century palace housing Renaissance artworks & antiquities, Greek & Roman sculptures & library.


Powerful Roman families in the 16th and 17th centuries prided themselves on their collections of classical statuary, and they had no qualms about bringing in a sculptor of their own to replace missing hands, arms, heads and noses. Hence many of the remarkable ancient statues displayed in this gallery of collections from four local dynasties look surprisingly intact. There’s an Ares patched up by Bernini, and an Athena returned to her full glory by Alessandro Algardi. You can also have your say on the great Ludovisi throne controversy: is this marble chair with its exquisite Aphrodite relief a 5th-century BC masterpiece or a more modern hoax? (The jury of experts is still out). The ticket includes entrance to Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Massimo and the Baths of Diocletian.

Piazza di Sant’Apollinare 46, 00186
00 39 06 3996 7700

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