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'.