Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
|⏰ Opening Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
|💸 Entrance Fee
Find it on google maps
What is Palazzo Barberini?
Palazzo Barberini is a splendid example of Baroque architecture, tucked away in the urban fabric of Rome. This imposing 17th-century palace houses the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, one of Italy's most important national galleries. Residing on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill, the palace is a fusion of grandeur and artistic mastery, showcasing works from the likes of Raphael, Caravaggio, and many others. Its facade, designed by Maderno, and the later contributions by the illustrious Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini make Palazzo Barberini a striking testament to the innovation of Baroque art and architecture.
Our Most Popular Tour:
- Kuala Lumpur Colmar Tropicale French Village and Chin Swee Cave Temple Tour
If you’re after tours in Kuala Lumpur with a difference then our Colmar Tropicale French Village and Chin Swee Cave Temple Tour is for you. You’ll start by ...
History of Palazzo Barberini
The history of Palazzo Barberini is as rich and nuanced as the artworks it contains. Its story began in 1625 when Maffeo Barberini, who rose from a Florentine nobleman to Pope Urban VIII, bought the property and commissioned its construction. The initial design was crafted by Carlo Maderno, with subsequent extensions and modifications overseen by Bernini after Maderno's death. Interestingly, a rivalry blossomed as Bernini worked alongside Francesco Borromini; both left an indelible mark on the building. Through the centuries, Palazzo Barberini has seen use as a residence, a seat of power, and now, as a cultural beacon brimming with artistic wonders.
Why is Palazzo Barberini Important?
Palazzo Barberini is more than just a building; it's a cultural touchstone of Rome and a paramount piece in the puzzle of Baroque art history. The harmony of different artists' contributions makes it a living study of 17th-century artistry. Its importance extends beyond the walls that Bernini and Borromini so imaginatively crafted. Inside, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica displays a collection that teaches us about the evolution of artistic styles and the society that bred them, with paintings and sculptures that have captivated viewers for generations. It's a place where art history is not just observed but truly felt.
Things to Do & See at Palazzo Barberini
Visiting Palazzo Barberini offers a myriad of experiences. The grand staircase designed by Bernini is a marvel in itself, leading to galleries adorned with frescoes by Pietro da Cortona. I always encourage visitors to take a moment to stand in awe of the ceiling fresco 'Allegory of Divine Providence,' a masterpiece that celebrates Barberini power. The venue's lush gardens, a characteristic feature of Italian palaces, are a delightful retreat amidst the bustling city. Beyond this, take your time with each painting; the collection spans several epochs from the Middle Ages to the 18th century.
You can attend temporary exhibitions, which shed light on lesser-known aspects of artistic history or highlight cultural exchange between Italy and the rest of the world. For those who are particularly interested, guided tours are available, giving you a deep dive into the narrative threads that connect the palace's art, architecture, and its fascinating past. Listening to the stories behind the artworks, one gains understanding of the melodramas and triumphs encapsulated within these baroque walls.
Our Top Trending Thailand Tours:
Chiang Dao Trekking and Hidden Village Adventure
Krabi Instagram Tour: The Most Famous Spots
Phuket Enchanting Cabaret Night Experience