Italy is famous all over the world for its exceptional artistic heritage with museums containing works of exceptional beauty. Sculptures, frescoes and paintings made by the greatest artists in history, from Leonardo to Michelangelo.
Visited every year by millions of tourists, these museums are also hosted in famous historic buildings of great importance.
Vatican art museum in Rome
Founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II, the Vatican Museums contain an immense vastness of works collected over the centuries. Among the most important are frescoes of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, the rooms of Raphael and the vast collection of sculptures. We should also mention the papal apartments, the Geographical Maps gallery and the Caravaggio Deposition.
There are also modern works by Salvador Dalì, Paul Gauguin and Giorgio De Chirico.
Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is an art museum that houses the best collection in the world of Renaissance works. Inside you can admire masterpieces by Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli. Let’s not forget, moreover, the charm of the structure of the museum itself recently updated with new rooms.
The Accademia Gallery, Florence
The Accademia Gallery is the fourth largest museum in Italy in terms of visitors after the Uffizi and displays the largest number of Michelangelo’s sculptures in the world, including the famous David. The Academy Gallery also houses a collection of Russian icons. A must see are the various rooms of great beauty, such as the Sala del Colosso, the Sala dei Giotteschi, the Hall of Lorenzo Monaco, the Prison Gallery and many others.
Galleria Borghese, Rome
Established in 1902, the Galleria Borghese is one of the oldest museums in Italy. Inside we find the greatest number of sculptural works by Bernini and by Caravaggio’s canvases. There is no lack of priceless masterpieces by Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Raphael, Perugino, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Pieter Paul Rubens, Bellini and Titian. Housed in the splendid setting of Villa Borghese, this museum also preserves sculptures, bas-reliefs and ancient mosaics.
Museo di Capodimonte, Naples
Located inside the eponymous palace, the Capodimonte museum houses galleries of ancient art, one of contemporary art. The collection houses mainly paintings (including Raphael, Titian, Parmigianino) and works from churches in the city and its surroundings.