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Best Museums in Italy

Italians love culture and all things art, so unlike other touristy places in Europe, you won’t only see tourists in the local Italian museums, you’ll also see Italians. An Italian who loves art, culture and history could go back time and time again. They thrive on the beauty and are proud of what their country has to offer.

Whatever kind of museum in Italy you’re looking for you’re bound to find it. And while the Renaissance exhibitions and timeless frescoes from the great masters might dominate, there are many other things to be discovered.

Avoid being towed around by a huge tour group and listening to idle translations on your headset. If you’re really interested in getting a better insight into the history and story behind the exhibitions, you need to take your personal tour guide with you. He or she will happily give you the rundown of the story and highlight all the important facts to know. Your tour guide in Italy will also take you away from the commercialized museums in Italy, and show you the real treasures – there’s no better way to see the country.

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Top 10 Museums in Italy

  • Pinacoteca de Brera is Milan’s celebrated baroque and Renaissance gallery. It is home to over 500 famous pieces that date back to the early 14th century.
  • The Vatican Museums in Rome consist of over 100 galleries, which are home to all the papal treasures over time.
  • Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence is a beautifully designed piece of architecture by Giorgio Vasari. This was once the headquarters of the Uffizi, and it’s easy to step back in time.
  • Accademia in Venice is one of the best museums in Europe. This is home to some of the greatest Venetian paintings, and all works have been logically displayed in chronological order.
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples will give you the opportunity to see a number of beautiful mosaics and frescoes that date back to the times of Pompeii. It also has some of the world's most finest collections of Graeco-Roman artefacts. You could stay here forever and just enjoy the wonder.
  • The Museo Teatralle alla Scala is in the most famous opera house in Milan. It tells a story of Milan’s long history in the arts and theater, and it contains well over 140,000 pieces.
  • The Last Supper by da Vinci is located in a small church in Milan. You’ll need to pre-book tickets to see this masterpiece, and viewing times are strict with only 15 minutes.
  • The National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia showcases some of the best Italian Renaissance art. Dating back to the 1200s, this museum is home to some world-class paintings.
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a comprehensive collection of modern art that can only be described as brilliant. It’s located in an old unfinished palazzo close to the Grand Canal
  • Santa Maria della Scala in Siena is impressive. You’ll be taken aback by the beautiful building alone. Once a hospital during the medieval times, now it’s open to the public.

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Famous Museums in Italy

  • Pinacoteca de Brera has been open to the public for a long time, and the locals have enjoyed the museum since the start of 1809. Located in the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, you’ll get to see masterpieces from Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bellini, and Tinoretto.
  • The Vatican Museums show the papal history over the decades. There are a number of musts when visiting, which includes visiting the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel and its frescoed ceilings. There are a number of impressive ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, such as ‘Belvedere Apollo.’ Entry into the museums includes the Sistine Chapel and costs €16.
  • The Uffizi Museum in Florence is a unique u-shaped building that is typical of the high renaissance period. Once this was where the royal family and officers called the shots and today it is home to some of the most precious pieces of art. You’ll see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli.