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Italian museums hold some of the most important masterpieces in the history of art. Testimonies of centuries of history and culture can be appreciated at any time of the year and at any age. Here is a list of some of the best museums in Italy from north to south to help you plan your trip.

The Royal Palace in Caserta

The Royal Palace of Caserta (Reggia di Caserta) is the largest royal palace in the world which includes the Royal Palace, the Royal Park, and the English gardens for a total area of ​​120 hectares. Visiting the Reggia means immersing yourself in one of the most important collections not only in Italy but throughout the world. Paintings, furnishings, drawings, statuary, models, and the prestigious Farnese collection await you.

Find out more by reading our article Discovering the Caserta Royal Palace.

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Vatican Museums in Vatican City

The Vatican Museums are a complex of museums located in Vatican City, among the most important and visited in the world. Inside the museum, you can admire masterpieces by famous artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. The Sistine Chapel, frescoed by Michelangelo, is one of the main attractions and is considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art. It is impossible to deny that it should be seen at least once in a lifetime.
One could easily dedicate an entire day if not more in order to fully appreciate each of the various museums but, at the very least, you should allocate a minimum of three hours to see the Cortile Belvedere, Sala delle Muse, Sistine Chapel, Sala Rotonda, Galleria dei Candelabri, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms.

Brera Gallery in Milano

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important art museums in Italy, located in Milan. Inside the museum, you can admire some of the most important masterpieces in the history of art by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Bellini, and Caravaggio. The collection includes works from various periods, from the Italian Renaissance to the contemporary era.
You can purchase the Brera Card which is valid for 3 months and gives you unlimited admissions and access to the various scheduled events.

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Egyptian Museum in Turin

Founded in 1824, the Egyptian Museum of Turin is the oldest museum in the world dedicated entirely to the Egyptian culture and one of the most important. The museum’s collection is made up of thousands of archaeological finds, including statues, mummies, papyrus, and artifacts of all kinds, testifying to the greatness of Egyptian civilization.
Tickets can be purchased exclusively online on the museum’s official website.


Royal Museums in Turin

The Royal Museums (I Musei Reali) represent one of the most important collections in Italy. A whole day could be dedicated to the various itineraries of the museum which includes the Royal Palace, the Royal Apartments, the Royal Library, the Royal Armory, the Sabauda Gallery, the Museum of Antiquities, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, and the Royal Gardens.

The Galleria Sabauda contains a vast collection of paintings, over 800, including masterpieces such as Botticelli’s Venus, Gentileschi’s Annunciation, but also Rubens, van Dyck, and Rembrandt. The Museum of Antiquities is an impressive collection ranging from pre-history to the Middle Ages including the remains of the Roman theatre.

If you plan on visiting more than one museum in Turin or in the Piedmont region, consider purchasing the Torino + Piemonte Card.

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National Archaeological Museum in Naples

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, with a vast collection of artifacts from ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. Inside the museum, you can admire important works of art, such as the most famous mosaics and bronze statues extracted from Herculaneum and Pompei.
Italian citizens and members of the EU between 18 and 25 years old receive a significant discount and children under 18 are free.


The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important art museums in the world, located in the historic center of Florence. Inside the museum, you can admire masterpieces by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael. The collection includes works of art ranging from Roman art up to the 19th century, including paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and drawings.

If you have several days in Florence, you can buy the Passepartout valid for 5 consecutive days with access to the Uffizi, Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Pitti, National Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.


The Gallery of the Accademia in Florence

When one thinks of the Accademia, or of Florence in general, perhaps the most famous statue in the world immediately comes to mind, Michelangelo’s David. Certainly, a visit to Florence wouldn’t be complete without seeing this all-marble masterpiece, but the Accademia offers so much more! You can also see a vast collection of paintings from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century and sculptures by great masters such as Giambologna and Michelangelo. Many do not know, however, that the museum also houses a fantastic musical instrument collection in the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory with 50 instruments including Stradivaris and Amatis.

The Accademia is closed every Monday and it is highly recommended that you book your tickets online well in advance via the official website.

These are just some of the best Italian museums that deserve a visit to appreciate the beauty and richness of Italy’s cultural heritage. Each of them offers a different artistic and cultural experience for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to check each museum’s website for more information on upcoming exhibitions and events.