Altemps Palace Museums Guided tour

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  • Typology: Private tour
  • Duration: Half day
  • Starting time: 11
  • Operating Days: Sun; Tue; Wed; Thu; Fri; Sat;
  • Meeting Point: Hotel if centrally located
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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

A guided tour of the Altemps Palace, in Campo Marzio, behind Piazza Navona. The Museum is part of the National Museums of Rome.

The palazzo was originally built for a member of the important Florentine Soderini family. After the family fell on hard times, the palazzo was bought by Cardinal Marco Altemps, a nephew of Pope Pius IV, in 1568.

The smart Palazzo now houses the Altemps collection of antiques including Greek and Roman sculptures that belonged to various families of the Roman nobility. Cardinal Altemps amassed an important collection of antiquities, especially sculptures, some of which are displayed in the beautiful cloistered courtyard.

The guide will take you to see the private church and poetic frescoes of the Palazzo. There is also the Egyptian Collection of sculptures, which were brought from Egypt to Rome because of the popularity of Egyptian cults in the Roman Empire.

This tour also includes a visit to the nearby, San Luigi dei Francesci church, famed for its brooding Caravaggio’s depicting the calling of Matthew.