Museum of the Souls of Purgatory Rome

A small but extremely unique museum in Rome is the Museum of the Souls in Purgatory (Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio). It is located in a room next to the neo-Gothic Sacro Cuore del Suffragio Church. The collection consists of objects that show the marks deceased people seeking contact with their next of kin supposedly left on items of cloth or other objects.

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Palazzo Colonna Rome

The Palazzo Colonna is located near the Piazza Venezia in the centre of Rome. The building has been owned by the same noble family for more than 900 years. The Galleria Colonna still houses part of the art collection established over the years by this Colonna family. The exhibition can only be visited on Saturday mornings.

Palazzo Colonna Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

Palazzo Colonna is located on Via della Pilotta 17, Rome (Tel: +39 066784350/362). Bus: 40, 60, 64, 70, 117, 170, H, N7, N8, N9, N15, N18. Opening Hours: The Galleria Colonna is open every Saturday morning from 9am to 1.15pm.

History and description

Palazzo Colonna Rome
Palazzo Colonna

Part of the Palazzo Colonna dates from the beginning of the 15th century, when Martino V Colonna was pope.

The current appearance of the palace, however, is mainly due to a renovation carried out by Nicola Michetti in the year 1730.

The building is part of a large block of houses between the Piazza SS. Apostoli and the Via della Pilotta. From here, four viaducts across the street give access to the Villa Colonna.

The Palazzo itself is the seat of the Galleria Colonna, which was started by Cardinal Girolamo Colonna. Here one can admire works of great masters such as Veronese, Tintoretto and Guercino. The Galleria also offers an excellent view of the private gardens of the palace, which were built on the ruins of the Temple of Serapide.

The huge frescoes in the majestic hall illustrate the life of the ancestor Marcantonio Colonna II, with martial scenes from the Battle of Lepanto, where the Turkish fleet was defeated in 1571.

Military trophies and huge mirrors decorated with playing cherubs are everywhere, making the baroque interior look even more impressive. Marble tables and double rows of chandeliers made of Murano glass on the ceiling complete the picture.

Since the Colonna family still lives in the palazzo, tourists can only visit on Saturday mornings.

Palazzo Colonna – Via della Pilotta 17, Rome

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Rome

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome, like the Galleria Borghese and the Etruscan Museum, is located in the Villa Borghese. It has a great permanent collection of 19th and 20th century, especially Italian art, but also hosts temporary exhibitions, often several at the same time. Continue reading “Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Rome”

Napoleon Museum Rome

The Museo Napoleonico is located on the ground floor of the historical building Palazzo Primoli in the Ponte district in Rome. The nucleus of the museum is the collection count Primoli donated to the city in 1927. Continue reading “Napoleon Museum Rome”

Scuderie del Quirinale Rome

The Palazzo delle Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome was built between the years 1722 and 1732, but was not turned into a museum until 1999. It does not have a permanent collection, but only hosts (usually extremely prestigious) temporary exhibitions. Continue reading “Scuderie del Quirinale Rome”

Roman Aquarium and House of Architecture Rome

The Acquario Romano (“Roman Aquarium“) is located in the center of a small park in the Esquilino district in Rome. It was built towards the end of the 19th century in a style typical of the period, called Umbertino, after the then king of Italy. Originally an aquarium, the building has held several functions during the time of its existence. At the moment it is the seat of the Casa dell’Architettura (“House of Architecture“). Continue reading “Roman Aquarium and House of Architecture Rome”