Hello there and welcome to this discussion on the incredible art in Rome. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly over the next handful of minutes.
We will get this going by diving into the best Rome Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections Europe and frankly the whole world has to offer. After that we will fill you in on where to buy all of the supplies you need at some of the best art stores in your area.
Shows, festivals, and events that are held annually or more frequently will be the topic of our next section. Art walking tours can be a great way to see a variety of styles in a short amount of time, plus we will mention where you can see some of the coolest sculptures and statues in town.
Art classes and lessons near you will need to get its own section and there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available. Some of our more experienced readers may not need any lessons so we will tell you where you can find art studios for rent in your area as well.
And our final section will list the best shops for framing around town. If you aren’t familiar with the city be sure to check the local map at the end that has all the places we are covering pinned.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Rome
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Rome you can go to:
- Doria Pamphili Gallery at Via del Corso 305
- Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea at Viale delle Belle Arti 131
- Galleria Borghese at Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5
- Musei Vaticani at Viale Vaticano
- Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo at Via Guido Reni 4A
- Museo Nazionale Romano at Via Sant’Apollinare 8
- Chiostro del Bramante at Via Arco Della Pace 5
- Museo d’Arte Contemporanea at Via Nizza 138
- Musei Capitolini at Piazza del Campidoglio 1
- Galleria Corsini at Via Della Lungara 10
- Palazzo delle Esposizioni at via Nazionale 194
- Galleria Spada at Piazza Capo di Ferro 13
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna at Via Francesco Crispi 24
Doria Pamphili Gallery houses works by well-known Italian artists like Caravaggio, Tiziano, Raffaello, Carracci, and Bernini. They also have works by Flemish masters of the Baroque era, a true flagship of the Doria Pamphili collection, the French landscape specialist Lorrain, and the most representative Spanish artist of the Baroque era Diego Velázquez. You can visit the Doria Pamphili Gallery from 9am to 7pm Monday through Thursday and from 10am to 8pm Friday through Sunday.
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is open from 9am to 7pm daily except for Monday when they are closed and they exhibit around 1,100 paintings and sculptures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries which is thought to be the largest collection in Italy. Among the local artists included are Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Giacomo Manzù, Vittorio Matteo Corcos, and others while the museum also houses works by foreign creators like Monet, Braque, Van Gogh, and Rodin.
Galleria Borghese holds and displays ancient sculptures, a great mosaic collection, and numerous paintings and sculptures from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Many of the masterpieces date back to Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s collection of over 260 paintings including some by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Antonello da Messina, and Giovanni Bellini in addition to sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova. Galleria Borghese is also closed on Monday but opens at 9am every other day of the week while normally closing at 7pm but staying open until 10pm on Wednesday and 9pm on Thursday.
The Musei Vaticani in Rome house over 70,000 works, 20,000 of which are on display. They exhibit pieces from the vast collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries including paintings and sculptures by Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso. Head over from 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday through Thursday and until 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
The permanent holdings of the Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo number around 400 works by some of the most important Italian and foreign artists of the time like Alighiero Boetti, Francesco Clemente, William Kentridge, Mario Merz, and Gerhard Richter. They are open from 11am to 7pm every day but Monday and provide an educational program for all ages that includes some of the best art lessons in your area and an advanced training program.
The permanent collection of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea includes a selection of some of the most significant expressions of the Italian art scene since the 1960’s including the group Forma 1 with works by Carla Accardi, Antonio Sanfilippo, Achille Perilli, Piero Dorazio, Leoncillo, and Ettore Colla. You can check all of those and more out from Noon to 7pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10am to 7pm on weekends.
Musei Capitolini is open daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm and originally opened to the public in 1734 making it widely regarded as the world’s first museum. Galleria Corsini is the only collection of paintings near you dating from the 1700’s that remains intact to this day with pieces by Caravaggio, Reni, Guercino, Rubens, and van Wittel. Their highlight collection includes the Madonna del Latte which is a masterpiece by the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and you can view it and more from 10am to 6pm any day of the week except for Monday when they are closed.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni hosts events such as film festivals, live performances, music, and art talks. They also offer educational programs for people of all ages including art classes and workshops with their doors being open from 10am to 8pm every day but Monday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Ditta G.Poggi at Via del Gesù 74/75
- Diemme at Via Giovanni Villani 6
- Hobby & Colors Italia at Via Fosdinovo N86
- 2c Arte at Via Soriso 72/78
- Etruriarte Belle Arti e Disegno Roma at Via Etruria 13
- Belle Arti Lizzani at Viale Angelico 259
Poggi Belle Arti has been selling arts and craft supplies in your area since 1825.
Hobby & Colors Italia offers a diverse range of products totaling 35,000 items including fine arts, décor, hobby, knitwear, and yarns plus you can take art lessons there.
2c Arte is a good place to go for custom framing.
Shows, Festivals & Events
Some of the best shows, festivals, and events held here are:
- Carnevale Romano in February
- La Notte Bianca in September
- Romaeuropa from September to November
Carnevale Romano is celebrated before Lent and is inspired by the ancient Roman Saturnalia as the carnival was one of the primary events of papal Rome. Most events take place at Piazza del Popolo in February and include street theatre, live music, and performances.
La Notte Bianca is a special event which the shops and museums are open all night long with various exhibitions and concerts that takes place every year on the first or second Saturday of September.
The annual Romaeuropa Festival is held from September through November and is a multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring famous creators from all over the world.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to add a new piece to your collection or find out the true value of works you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Paolo Antonacci Antichita ‘Srl at Via Alibert 16/a
- Vaticanars at Borgo Vittorio 85 A
- In Mostra Arte Contemporanea at Via dei Coronari 7
Paolo Antonacci Antichita ‘Srl is an art dealer near you that specializes in old master paintings from the late eighteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century with a focus on Vedutismo.
Mostra Arte Contemporanea offers original oil paintings by local artists and provides commissioned pieces.
Taking a local art walking tour on a sunny day can be a lot of fun:
- Rome’s Ultimate Free Walking Tour at Via dei Serpenti 89
- Walking Tours of Rome with Claudia at Via Bolsena 10
- The Colors of Rome Graffiti & Street Art Tour at Via Filippo Turati 23
- Caravaggio Art Walking Tour at Via Vespasiano 46a
Rome’s Ultimate Free Walking Tour provides free tours twice daily at 11am and 4pm that last around 2.5-3 hours and covers approximately 3 km.
Caravaggio Art Walking Tour will take you to experience the outstanding works of Raphael and Caravaggio in churches, including the stunning Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi dei Francesi as well as the iconic Pantheon.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really unique statues and sculptures around town like:
- Lupa Capitolina at Piazza del Campidoglio 1
- Elephant & Obelisk at Piazza della Minerva 69
- Mosè di Michelangelo at Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/A
- Fiumi Fountain at Piazza Navona
- Monumento a Giordano Bruno at Piazza Campo de’ Fiori
- Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius at Piazza del Campidoglio 1
In February 1667 the Elephant and Obelisk ensemble was erected in the Piazza della Minerva in front of the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva about halfway between the Colosseum and the Vatican where it still remains today.
Mosè di Michelangelo was created between 1513 and 1515 and was intended to be part of Pope Julius II’s tomb but today it can be found in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli.
The Fiumi Fountain is located in Piazza Navona and Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed it in 1651.
Monumento a Giordano Bruno is located in Campo de’ Fiori and was financed by the Masonic circles of Italy and erected in 1889 by Ettore Ferrari on the same spot where Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600 for heresy.
Marcus Aurelius’ Equestrian Statue was erected around 175 AD and the original is on exhibit in the Capitoline Museums with the current one standing in the open air of Piazza del Campidoglio being a replica made in 1981.
Rome Art Classes
There are some top notch instructors teaching lessons at the best Rome art schools:
- Bordi Belle Arti at Via Dello Statuto 47/49
- La Porta Blu Art School at Via del Teatro Valle 27
- Scuola di Fumetto e Illustrazione a Roma at Via Alberto Caroncini 4
- Studio d`Arte Les Oiseaux Noirs at Via Catania 69/B
- Scienza Dell’arte at Via Ostiense 95
Bordi Belle Arti offers lessons in oil painting, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, drawing and archaic techniques like fresco and encaustic. Lessons are offered from September to July although registration is always open because the courses are monthly and everyone can choose based on their schedule, the level of learning they want to acquire, and the length of time they want to attend.
La Porta Blu Art School offers art courses in your area for people of all ages and skill levels beginning with children as young as six years old. They also teach engraving, art history, nude drawing, and sculpting.
Scuola di Fumetto e Illustrazione offers professional courses in Rome, Naples, and Bari in cartooning, manga, illustration, drawing, and painting to students of all ages from beginners to advanced.
Scienza Dell’arte offers drawing and painting courses in many techniques and genres for students of all ages from beginners to experienced. They provide classes in nude drawing, art history, and theoretics as well as test preparation for academy and high school.
Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo and The Palazzo delle Esposizioni from our first list offer local art classes, while Hobby & Colors from the supplies list does too.
Studios For Rent In Your Area
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can try to rent art studio space at:
- C.r.e.t.a. Rome at Via dei Delfini 16/17
- Castro at Piazza dei Ponziani 8
A frame can really transform the viewing experience and some of the best shops for picture and art framing are:
- La Cornice di Sandro Prosperi at Piazza Pollarola 23
- Zeno Arte at Via Zenodossio 68
- Zappia Cornici at Via Mario de’ Fiori 56
- Cornici Mita at Via Aosta 63
- Cornici & Specchi di Fausto Prosperi a Montesacro at Via Cimone 177
- Galleria Pisana at Via della Pisana 61 B/C
Zeno Arte offers over 150 different styles of frames and perfect passepartout to the millimeter as well as hundreds of different colors and thicknesses.
Zappia Cornici provides a wide range of processes for ancient and modern frames of all shapes, materials, and colors including carvings, graffiti, gilding, silvering, and polishing, all with a quick and high-quality service. They also provide frame, painting, print, and photograph restoration services.
Cornici Mita is a good option for prompt and expert service for the replacement of glass, frames, mirrors, and crystals at home.
Cornici & Specchi di Fausto Prosperi a Montesacro specializes in the manufacturing of frames, mirrors, glass, rods, and wooden profiles of different shapes and sizes. They also provide expert restoration of antique frames and small furniture.
2c Arte from the supply list is another good option for custom framing near you. The curious types may want to read our posts on:
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Have Fun Enjoying The Rome Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and frame shops in your area.
If you made it this far you probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Rome!