Doria Pamphilj Gallery

Price guide: Mid-range

Via del Corso 305, Rome, 00186

Price guide: Mid-range

Doria Pamphilj Gallery
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Expert review of Doria Pamphilj Gallery

Caravaggio, Velazquez and a peek inside the historic home of Roman aristocrats.

Housed in a splendid palazzo on central Via del Corso, and the property of scions of the Roman aristocracy, this extraordinary art collection encompasses works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, Raphael and Velazquez. 

The current generation of Doria Pamphiljs (or Pamphilis) is half-English and many of the hundreds (literally) of apartments inside this honey-comb palazzo, which occupies a whole city block, are occupied by the British community in Rome. A visit to the gallery allows a small glimpse into the grander areas of the family pile. The family chapel contains the bodies of martyrs St Theodora and St Justin. The breathtaking private apartments – including, of course, the essential throne room and ball room – are vast echoing halls, packed with immense canvasses by minor artists, luscious furniture and lashings of velvet and brocade.

The art collection is arranged in long halls around one of the central courtyards. Don't miss Velazquez's stunning portrait of the Pamphilj pope, Innocence X (which inspired Francis Bacon's screaming pope) and two beautiful Caravaggios: 'Mary Magdalene', and 'Rest on the Flight into Egypt'. 

Price advice: 

Admission is 9.50 euros and 7 euros for reductions. Prices include an audio guide.

Expert tips: 
Visit at 10am or noon on Saturdays when your ticket includes a concert of Baroque music.

More information on Doria Pamphilj Gallery:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Art gallery, Museum
Via del Corso 305, Rome, 00186
06 6797323
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm.

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