Italy can be proud of its impressive cultural heritage around the world. Indeed, more than a half of world’s treasures would belong to the Peninsula.
A study showed that Italy owns the highest number of cultural sites recognized as world heritage by UNESCO. But no ordinary sites! Among others, there are the antique Roman Empire, the two cities of Pompei and Ercolano, the Taormina Theatre in Sicily and the tremendous Villa Este and Villa Adriana located at only 30 minutes away from Rome.
Lots of Italian masterpieces are exhibited in foreign museums because of political reasons, clientelism or because they were war booties. Nevertheless, even if many are outside the Italian territory, our country has a very important cultural wealth which is partially exhibited in splendid museums! We invite you to discover some of our breathtaking treasures. They worth a visit!
Borghese Gallery – Rome, Latium
Adress: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma
Phone: +3906 841 3979
The Borghese Gallery collection has been defined as the most beautiful collection in the world.
The works of art have been selected in order to create a place which is not only a painting and sculpture exhibition, but also a perfect decorative complex where decorations, furniture, walls and floors match together. Indeed, marble, engravings, mosaics, coatings and antique details make it even more unique.
Come to the Borghese Gallery to enjoy masterpieces of renowned artists as Bernini and the Enea, Anchise and Ascanio statue, Canova and the Paolina Borghese as Venus victorious sculpture as well as Caravaggio and his painting Boy with a basket of fruit.
Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Tuscany
Adress: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 294883
Nowadays, the Uffizi Gallery is a complex composed of the Statues and Paintings Gallery, the Vasari Corridor and the Pitti Palace collections. There are 50 rooms which host paintings from the 13th to the 18th century. This museum houses the most Italian painting collection and especially Renaissance masterpieces. Thanks to the quantity and quality of the works of art, the Uffizi Gallery is considered as one of the most important museum in the world. Among the most famous The Ognissanti Madonna from Giotto, The Battle of San Romano of Paolo Uccello, the Piero della Francesca’s diptych entitled The Duke and Duchess of Urbino, The birth of Venus of Botticelli as well as three works of Leonardo da Vinci, one of Michelangelo, some of Raffaello, Tiziano and Caravaggio.
The Capodimonte Museum – Naples, Campania
Adress: Via Miano, 2, 80131 Napoli
Phone: +39081 749 9111
The national CapodimonteMuseum hosts antique art galleries, one of modern art and an historical appartment. It especially preserves painting which belong to the two most important collections, the Farnese’s one with masterpieces from Italian and international painters - like Raffaello, Tiziano and Parmigianino – as well as the Neapolitan Gallery’s one that houses works of art from churches of the city and surroundings. There is also an important modern art collection, unique in Italy, in which Vesuvius of Andy Warhol that stands out.
The Guggenheim Museum – Venice, Veneto
Adress: Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia
Phone: 041 240 5411
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of the most important musuem in Italy for Eurpoean and American art of the 20th century. The museum houses the Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection and also masterpieces from the collection of Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof, the Nasher Sculpture Center and temporary exhibitions.
The works exhibited include some prominent examples of the American modernism and the Italian futurism. Besides, the collection hosts cubist, surrealist and abstract expressionism works of art such as those of Picasso with On the Beach, Salvador Dalí and Birth of Liquid Desires, René Magritte with The Empire of Light or Materia from Umberto Boccioni.
The Egyptian Museum – Turin, Piedmont
Adress: Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 10123 Torino
Phone: +39011 561 7776
The museum is exclusively dedicated to the Egyptian art. It is composed of several collections which have been overlapped in the past. Discoveries made by the Italian Archaeological Mission during excavations in Egypt from 1900 to 1935 have been added to the collection. Inside, there are mummies, papyrus and other things from the antique Egypt. In the museum, more than 37,000 works are exhibited from the Paleolithic to the Coptic period. The most important are The Theban Tomb 8 of Kha and Merit, the rock-cut temple of Ellesyia or the Maya Tomb.
An experience that will immerse you in the Egyptian era!