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Best Museums in Italy

What to See and Visiting Information for Italian Museums

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Italy has a wealth of museums displaying art and artifacts from prehistory through modern days. Whether you're looking for archeology, 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.

National Archeological Museum in Naples

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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 archeology and ancient Roman sites, this is a must-see museum.

Uffizi Gallery in Florence

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. Our guide to the Uffizi Gallery details what you'll see and has information about how to reserve your tickets.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

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.

Vatican Museums

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Although not technically in Italy (Vatican City is a separate state), the Vatican Museums can easily be visited from Rome. With more than 1400 rooms, the large complex is 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. You'll find visiting informaion, including how to book tickets ahead, with the above link.

Top Archeology Museums

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From the Ice Man and ancient Egypt through the Roman Empire and middle ages, Italy's archeological museums have many interesting treasures. Here are our picks for the best places in Italy to see ancient artifacts.

Top Florence Museums

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Florence is oftne 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.

Top Milan Museums

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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.

Top Naples Museums

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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.

Top Rome Museums

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by Melanie Renzulli

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 musuems in Rome, what you'll see in each, and how to visit them.

Top Venice Museums

by Barbara Molini

From the historical 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.

Buy Museum Tickets from Select Italy

You can make reservations and buy tickets for many of Italy's museums directly from Select Italy. This is a convenient way to purchase Italian tickets for those living in the US.

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