Italy Guide: Planning Your Trip SEE FULL GUIDE prev next Dolomites Guide Where to Go Hiking Where to Go Skiing Best Time to Visit Weather & Climate Best Destinations Top Cities to Visit Driving Must-Try Foods Day Trips Top Tours Two-Week Itinerary Things to Do Best Beaches Best Museums Italy Guide: Planning Your Trip close Overview Europe Italy Italy's Best Museums By Martha Bakerjian Martha Bakerjian Twitter Martha Bakerjian is an Italian travel expert who uses her home in northern Tuscany as a base for her in-depth explorations of the country. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Davide Seddio / Getty Images Italy has a wealth of museums displaying art and artifacts from prehistory through modern days. Whether you're looking for archaeology, Renaissance paintings, or modern art, Italy has something for you. Find out which museums have what you want to see with this guide to the best museums in Italy. 01 of 11 Uffizi Gallery in Florence Visions of Our Land/the Image Bank/Getty Images The Uffizi Gallery is one of Italy's most popular museums and is one of the top things to see in Florence. The Uffizi has an amazing collection of artworks by many of Italy's Renaissance masters, one of the best collections in the world. Because it's so popular it's best to book in advance to be sure to get tickets. 02 of 11 Vatican Museums Karl Weatherly / Getty Images Although not technically in Italy (Vatican City is a separate state), the Vatican Museums complex is easily visited from Rome. With more than 1400 rooms, it's the largest museum complex in the world. Admission includes visiting the museum, galleries with 3,000 years of art, the Sistine Chapel, and parts of the papal palace. 03 of 11 National Archaeological Museum in Naples TripSavvy / Christopher Larson The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world's best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. Many of the objects come from excavations at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and nearby archaeological sites. For lovers of archaeology and ancient Roman sites, this is a must-see museum. 04 of 11 Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice TripSavvy / Lara D'agostino The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is Italy's top museum for contemporary art. It's housed in the 18th-century palazzo that was the residence of wealthy art patron, Peggy Guggenheim, who collected masterpieces from some of the best-known artists and art movements of the 20th century. Continue to 5 of 11 below. 05 of 11 Florence TripSavvy / Christopher Larson Florence is often called a living museum but it's also a city with several top museums. You will not want to miss these on your visit with visiting information and what to see in each museum. 06 of 11 Milan TripSavvy / Christopher Larson While Milan doesn't have as many artworks and artifacts as Florence or Rome, Milan does have several museums worth a visit. In these museums, you'll see everything from da Vinci's Last Supper to modern masterpieces. 07 of 11 Naples TripSavvy / Christopher Larson Naples has several interesting museums in addition to the National Archeological Museum and they're housed in interesting buildings, too, from underground excavations to monasteries and King Charles III's hunting lodge. The museums of Naples hold archeological treasures, art, and the famous Veiled Christ by Sanmartino. 08 of 11 Rome TripSavvy / Christopher Larson Rome's museums cover the ages of Rome from antiquity to the height of the Roman Empire and on to more modern art. Continue to 9 of 11 below. 09 of 11 Top Venice Museums skaman306 / Getty Images From the magnificent Ducal Palace to the Peggy Guggenheim Art Collection, Venice has a wealth of paintings and art work housed in historical buildings. 10 of 11 Egyptian Museum of Turin Museo Egizio One of the world's best Egyptian museums, the Museo Egizio, is in the northern Italian city of Turin. It's been recently remodeled and is more stunning than ever. More than 6000 artifacts are on display (and thousands more are in storage). Entrance is free with a Turin Museum Card. 11 of 11 Santa Giulia City Museum of Brescia Comune di Brescia Although it may not be one of Italy's must-see museums, the Santa Giulia Museum is still excellent. Housed in former monasteries, the museum covers 3000 years of history and includes visits to 3 different former churches and a look at Roman excavations. Buy Museum Tickets in Advance From Select Italy Make reservations and buy tickets for many of Italy's museums directly from Select Italy and pay in US dollars. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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