Italy's Best Museums

Visiting Information for Top Italian Museums

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.

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    ••• Uffizi Gallery. 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 art works 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.

    Buy Uffizi Gallery tickets online in US dollars from Select Italy or see the linked article for more booking options.

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    ••• Hall of Maps in the Vatican Museums. © by James Martin, Europe Travel

    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.

    Buy Vatican Museums tickets in US dollars from Select Italy. Ticket lines can be very long so be sure to buy tickets or book a guided tour in advance or for the ultimate experience, take a before or after hours tour.

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    ••• Mosaic in Naples Archeology Museum. © by Martha Bakerjian

    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.

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    ••• Peggy Guggenheim Collection. courtesy of Barbara Molini

    The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is Italy's tpo 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.

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    ••• Palazzo Vecchio Interior. by Martha Bakerjian

    Florence is often called a living museum but it's also a city with several top museums. Here are museums in Florence that you will not want to miss on your visit with visiting information and what to see in each museum.

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    ••• Milan Castello Picture. ©by James Martin, Europe Travel

    While Milan doesn't have as many art works and artifacts as Florence or Rome, Milan does have several museums worth a visit. In these musuems you'll see everything from da Vinci's Last Supper to modern masterpieces.

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    ••• San Martino Museum and Monastery. © by Martha Bakerjian

    Naples has several interseting 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.

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    Rome's museums cover the ages of Rome from antiquity to the height of the Roman Empire and on to more modern art. This guide has the top museums in Rome, what you'll see in each, and how to visit them.

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    ••• Inside the Doge's Palace. courtesy of Select Italy

    From the magnificent Ducal Palace to the Peggy Guggenheim Art Collection, Venice has a wealth of paintings and art work housed in historical buildings. Here are the best of Venice's museums.

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    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.

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    ••• Santa Giulia Museum of Brescia. by Martha Bakerjian

    Although it may not be one of Italy's must-see museums, the Santa Giulia Museum is one of my favorites. 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.

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