Palazzo Massimo alle Terme – national museum

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme – national museum
A treasure trove of classical art, the light-filled Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is one of Rome’s finest galleries, but remains almost off the beaten track in its position a few steps away from Termini station.
The ground and 1st floors are devoted to some incredibly fine sculpture, including the mesmerising Boxer that dates from the 1st century BC; upstairs there’s an exquisite crouching Aphrodite from Tivoli’s Villa Adriana, the softly contoured, 2nd-century BC Sleeping Hermaphrodite, and the iconic vision of perfection that is the Discus Thrower. Yet the sensational mosaics and frescoes on the 2nd floor blow everything else away. The layout has been revamped so that the rooms are arranged how they were within the villas, and lighting brings out the rich colours of the frescoes. There are intimate cubicula (bedrooms), which feature religious, erotic and theatre subjects, and delicate landscape paintings from the dark-painted winter triclinium (dining room). The show-stopping highlight is the frescoes (dating from 30 BC to 20 BC) that once lined Villa Livia, one of the homes of Augustus’ wife Livia Drusilla. These, covering an entire room, depict an illusionary, realistic yet paradisiacal garden full of a wild tangle of roses, pomegranates, iris and camomile under a deep-blue sky. These decorated a summer triclinium, a large living and dining area built half underground to provide protection from the heat. The new display includes special lighting that mimics the modulation of daylight and highlights the richness of the millennia-old colours.

MUSEO NAZIONALE ROMANO valid 3 days for Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano:
ADULTS € 7,00 + 3,00 (for exhibitions) + agency fees
REDUCED FEE € 3,50 + 3,00 (for exhibitions) + agency fees for European Union members between 18 and 25 years old
FREE ENTRANCE for persons under 18 or over 65 years old from European Union

ARCHAEOLOGIA CARD valid 7 days for Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano, Colosseo, Foro Romano and Palatino, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella:
ADULTS € 20,00 + € 2,00 (for exhibitions) + agency fees
REDUCED FEE € 10,00 + € 2,00 (for exhibitions) + agency fees
ROMA PASS the site is included in the Roma Pass circuit
Opening hours from 9 am to 7:45 pm (December 24 and 31 from 9 am to 5 pm).
Closed Monday (except Easter Monday and during the Cultural Heritage Week), January 1, May 1, December 25.
Ticket office closes one hour before Museum closing time.

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