15 Amazing Museums You Have to Visit in Italy

Italy is a dream tourist destination. The scenic landscapes, architecture, art galleries, buildings, parks, exhibitions, and museums showcase the elegance and aesthetics of Italians.

The country is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, in Southern Europe; it is also considered part of Western Europe. The capital city is Rome.

Italy’s rich heritage of magnificent architecture and artistic treasures depict the ancient history and mighty culture.  These magnificent works are for everyone to enjoy.

With a high-resolution camera, click on every captivating beauty of the 15 amazing museums you must visit in Italy.

1. Archaeological Park of the Colosseum  

The Flavian Amphitheatre or Colosseum stands in the archaeological heart of the city of Rome. It is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built in the world even at present times. A visit to this popular tourist destination on your own or through a guided tour can bring a vicarious experience of the fascinating history in this arena. Stand where gladiators fought, walk through the underground tunnels, tread the enclosures where lions were kept, see the base of the colossal statue of Nero, and other spectacular sights that make it one of the seven wonders of the world.

2. Vatican Museums    

table and center paintings

Musei Vaticani or The Vatican is in full State of the Vatican City. It is an independent papal state in Southern Europe, within the commune of Rome. The museums are part of the independent Vatican City but, in practice, they are considered part of the city of Rome. This famous tourist destination showcases an exceptional ensemble of 36 museums consisting of an extensive collection of art, archaeology, and ethno-anthropology gathered by the Popes over the centuries. 

3. Accademia Gallery

The Galleria dell’ Accademia or Accademia Gallery is an art museum in Florence.  Great works are preserved and displayed like Michelangelo’s sculpture David. It is a masterpiece with its realistic and highly detailed lifelike anatomy. The other exhibits include Michelangelo’s Prisoners or Slaves which are all in their unfinished state.  An analysis is that Michelangelo deliberately left them incomplete to represent the eternal struggle of human beings to be free from physical constraints burdening the soul. 

4. Uffizi Gallery

Galleria degli Uffizi or Uffizi Gallery is a prominent art museum adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence in the region of Tuscany. The art museum has the world’s finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, particularly of the Florentine school. It also has antiques, sculptures, and paintings like Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Medusa by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Birth of Venus by Botticelli, and more than 100,000 priceless works of art.

5. Palace of Venaria

Palace of Venaria

Reggia di Venaria Reale or The Palace of Venaria is near Turin in Venaria Reale. It is a former palace and gardens. This mesmerizing palace is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the largest palace on earth with 80 hectares of beautiful gardens and 6000 hectares of parkland, 80,000 square meters of surface area. Duke Charles Emmanuel II commissioned the building of this palace in the 17th century to use it as a base for his hunting expeditions. A part of the palace today serves as a museum that exhibits the artwork and decoration of the bygone eras. It is the world’s biggest palace.

6. Museo Egizio

Museo Egizio

Museo Egizio or Egyptian Museum is an archaeological museum in TurinPiedmont that opened in 1824. It specializes in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology. It houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities, with more than 30,000 artifacts.  The museum showcases the 3,200-year-old statue of Ramesses II, mummies, sarcophagi,  domestic items from the tomb of Royal architect Kha and his wife Merit, an ancient Egyptian rock-cut temple originally located near the site of Qasr Ibrim called the Temple of Ellesyia, around 700 whole or reassembled manuscripts, over 17,000 papyrus fragments, and many more important pieces of Egyptian art.

7. Porcelain Museum

Museo delle porcellane or Porcelain Museum is a unique Italian museum at the Casino del Cavaliere in the Boboli Gardens, Florence. It was opened in 1973 after several years of research that decided on which collectibles are to be exhibited at the museum. The collection is over 2000 pieces that reflects the vicissitudes of the rulers of Florence over a period of some 250 years, from the last days of the Medici rule through the Unification of Italy. The museum’s exhibits are priceless porcelain pieces belonging to the royal families of Italy. 

8. Mausoleum of Hadrian

Mausoleum of Hadrian

Castel Sant’Angelo or The Mausoleum of Hadrian is in Parco Adriano of Rome. It is a monumental tomb built in AD 139 by Emperor Hadrian for his burial, future successors up until Caracalla in AD 217, and relatives. The mausoleum is described to have a massive cylindrical core, 64m in diameter, the lower part of which was surrounded by a square base completely veneered in marble. Hadrian was called by philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli as one of the ‘Five Good Emperors’ of Rome. Through the years, the mausoleum was converted into a fortress, a prison, a palace, and most recently a museum.

9. Pompei

Pompei ruins

Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its preservation of the ruins of the ancient Roman city of the same name.   The city was under feet of ash and rock during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The sudden eruption killed most of the residents of Pompeii. Pompeii now contains the bodies of more than 100 people preserved as plaster casts. The remains of the city still exist in the Bay of Naples in modern-day Italy. 

10. Venaria Reale

Venaria Reale

La Veneria or Venaria Reale is from Latin Venatio Regia which means “Royal Hunt”. The Palace of Venaria is a former royal residence and gardens located in Venaria Reale, near Turin in the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. It is one of the Residence of the Royal House of Savoy. In 1997, the palace was included in the UNESCO Heritage list. The palace complex became a masterpiece for its monumental architecture and Baroque interior and was filled with decoration and artwork.

11. Gallerina Palatina 

Gallerina Palatina

Gallerina Palatina or Palantine Gallery in Florence displays a splendid collection of paintings ranging from the 16th to the 17th centuries. The museum has an imposing cycle that makes use of the luxurious life of Medici family. Even today it still preserves the typical layout of a private collection, with a sumptuous combination of lavish interior decoration and the original rich picture frames. This is the legacy of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, the last heir of her dynasty. 

12. Museo Nazionale

Museo Nazionale

Museo Nazionale or National Museum is a museum in separate buildings   throughout the city of Rome.  It was founded in 1889 and inaugurated in 1890. The  museum’s first aim was to collect and exhibit archaeologic materials unearthed      during the excavations after the union of Rome with the Kingdom of Italy. In 1901   the Italian state granted the National Roman Museum the recently acquired Collection Ludovisi as well as the important national collection of ancient sculpture.

13. Galata Museo del Mare

Galata Museo del Mare

Galata Museo del Mare or The Galata Museum is a maritime museum in Porto Antico in Genoa in the Palazzo Galata.  It features interactive exhibition spaces that illustrate life at sea. A large part of the exhibition is dedicated to maritime trade in the days of the Maritime Republic of Genoa, but there are also sections on overseas ships with nautical maps and a simulation of a storm at Cape Horn, The museum has the submarine Nazario Sauro on display. 

14. Galleria Borghese 

Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese is one of Rome’s most stunning museums. It hosts a collection of several hundred paintings and an archaeological collection that attracted the attention of Napoleon Bonaparte. This 17th-century villa in the lush Borghese Gardens houses a collection of art, antiquities, and sculptures that was started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V and patron of many famous artists.

15. Museo Nazionale di San Marco 

Museo Nazionale di San Marco

Museo Nazionale di San Marco is an art museum in Florence, Italy dedicated to St. Mark. It is a masterpiece by the fifteenth-century architect Michelozzo. The building is of first historical importance for the city and contains the most extensive collection of the works of Fra Angelico. The works are paintings on wood and frescoes.


These museums tell us countless stories both nostalgic and ecstatic.  A view of Pompei with its more than 100 people preserved as plaster casts and a view of the wonderful works of art will give mixed feelings but will definitely ignite great desires to include these places in travel goals.