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Rome, with its millenary history, its monuments and art scattered all over the historic center is in itself an open air museum, but the city also hosts numerous museums in the most traditional sense of the word: there are a lot and visiting all of them would take weeks. Therefore here is a brief summary of those you absolutely must not miss.
The Vatican Museums:
More than thirteen museums, grouped in an enormous architectural complex almost seven kilometers long, encapsulate in their rooms all the history of humanity, from the Ancient Egyptians to Raffaello's frescoes. And obviously, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece The Last Judgement. Buy the tickets online so you avoid the queues to enter! Tickets for Vatican Museums
It is one of the most important art museums in the world, containing pieces of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rubens, Caravaggio, Raffaello and Canova. Hosted inside the astonishing gardens of Villa Borghese, after the visit you can reach the Terrazza del Pincio and enjoy the gorgeous panoramic view. Borghese Gallery is included in the Roma Pass program, the card that allows you to save on the visits to museums and monuments in Rome. Tickets for Borghese Gallery
In the heart of the city, in Piazza del Campidoglio, the Capitoline Museums are considered "the oldest public museum in the world". Starting from the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, to the bronze sculpture of the Capitoline Wolf, they guard unique Roman sculptures and works of art. A little tip: visit the Capitoline Museums just before sunset. This way, at the end of the tour, you can reach the Via Monte Tarpeo viewpoint to enjoy a unique panoramic view over the Foro Romano. Tickets for Capitoline Museums
MAXXI museum is a whole other type of museum, one of the most visited in the city, dedicated to contemporary art. It hosts photography and fashion exhibits, and is located in a unique modern architectural structure. After visiting the MAXXI, you can go towards Ponte Milvio, a particularly trendy neighborhood, where you can take a walk, have an aperitif or dine in a trendy restaurant. Tickets for per MAXXI