by Helen C. Forrester


The museum is a non-profit and permanent institution, entitled to serve society and its development. It is hospitable to the general public, which conserves, communicates, researches, and exhibits the substantial and non-substantial heritage of humanity. It includes live museums as well, they are for enjoyment, study, and education.

Many museums are attractions for tourists from all around the world. But, if we talk about the most exquisite and famous museums, Italian museums take the lead. In this article, we are throwing light on the 15 best museums in Italy. If you are a fan of history and art, you can seek help from this article.



1. Galleria Degli Uffizi (Florence)

Galleria Degli Uffizi (Florence)

Founded: 1581

Founder: Francesco I de’ Medici

Director: Eike Schmidt

Architect: Giorgio Vasari, Bernardo Buontalenti, Alfonso Parigi the Elder

Uffizi Gallery is one the most famous museums in Italy, it contains many unique art pieces. Most of them are from the Renaissance, the famous ones are Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera. You should buy a ticket and pay a visit to this world-class art museum.

2. Galleria dell’ Accademia (Florence)

Galleria dell’ Accademia (Florence)

Founder: Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

Founded: 1784

Director: Paola Marini

Architect: Emilio de Fabris

Galleria dell’ Accademia, Florence houses many famous sculptures, the most popular one is Michelangelo. This Italian museum also features a collection of Florentine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. But the most renowned sculpture here is David, you can not miss its vision.

3. Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice)

Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice)

Founded: 1951

Founder: Peggy Guggenheim 

Director: Karole P. B. Vail

Architect: Lorenzo Boschetti

Peggy Guggenheim gathered a huge collection of modern art, located along the Grand Canal. The massive collection is home to the work of Max Ernst (Peggy’s former husband), Picasso, Magritte, and Giacometti.

4. Galleria Palatina (Florence)

Galleria Palatina (Florence)

Founded: 1430

Director: Dr. Serena Padovan

Architect: Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Giulio Parigi, Luca Fancelli, Alfonso Parigi, Giuseppe Ruggeri

The Palatine Gallery is the major gallery of Palazzo Pitti and comprises 28 lavish rooms that contain almost 500 paintings. Most of the paintings are from the Renaissance period. Pitti Palace is that the largest museum in Florence. If you are a fan of the Medici dynasty, you must pay a visit to Galleria Palatina.

5. Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples)

Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples)

Founded: 1777

Founder: Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies

Director: Paolo Giulierini

Architect: Libero Cecchini

One of the most famous and important museums in Italy, National Archaeological Museum of Naples. It contains a massive collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. You will also find Roman, Egyptian, and Greek artifacts here, like bronzes, mosaics, and marbles, etc.


1. Museo Egizio (Turin)

Museo Egizio (Turin)

Founded: 1824

Founder: Charles Felix of Sardinia

Director: Christian Greco

Architect: Guarino Guarini

Museo Egizio, Turin is one of the most famous Egyptian museums in the world. This Italian museum is home to a massive collection of Egyptian artifacts, it has more than 30000 items. With recent renovations, Museo Egizio is one of the largest Egyptian museums in Italy. If you are a fan of Egyptian history, you should not miss the chance to visit this best museum.

2.  Galleria Borghese (Rome)

Galleria Borghese (Rome)

Founded: 1903

Founder: Cardinal Scipione Borghese

Director: Francesca Cappelletti

Architect: Scipione Borghese

The Borghese Gallery, situated inside VillaBorghese. It is home to Rome’s largest art collections, paintings, and sculptures by famous Italian artists like Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Titian, Raphael, etc are present here. You have to reserve the ticket before and guidance is a is must, as the collection is so large.

3.  Villa d’Este (Rome)

Villa d’Este (Rome)

Founded: 1550

Founder: Ippolito II d’Este

Director: Prof. Antonio Basile

Architect: Pirro Ligorio

Villa d’Este, located outside Rome, holds the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. It was designed in the 16th century and is popular for its exquisite hillside Renaissance garden and fountains. If you want to take a glimpse of the Renaissance era, do pay a visit to Villa d’Este, Rome.

4. Santa Maria Della Scala (Siena)

Santa Maria della Scala (Siena)

Founded: 1998

Founder: Pope Clement VIII 

Santa Maria della Scala is a building that has a massive collection of ancient chappals, mural wards, and an entangled basement of the middle ages. It also has a hospital in which patients were treated until the end of the 19th century.

5. Vatican Museum (Rome)

Vatican Museum (Rome)

Founded: 1506

Founder: Pope Julius II

Director: Barbara Jatta

Architect: Luca Beltrami

Vatican Museum comprises 100 galleries that are packed with papal history of centuries. It constitutes ancient Greek and Roman sculptures like Laocoon, Stanza, Belvedere Apollo, and never-ending pagan artifacts. This Italian museum also has art pieces from the golden Renaissance era.

6. Bargello Museum (Florence)

Bargello Museum (Florence)

Founded: 1256

Founder: Governor of Tuscany

Director: Paola D’Agostino

Architect: Lapo Tedesco

Bargello Museum was initially built for the fortress in 1255. In this era, this building is one of the most famous depictions of the Renaissance era. If you are a fan of historical sculptures, this Italian museum is the best in the world.

7. Reggia Di Caserta (Caserta)

Reggia di Caserta (Caserta)

Founded: 1752

Architect: Luigi Vanvitelli, Carlo Vanvitelli

Reggia di Caserta holds the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a former residence of the Bourbon king of Naples. It was one of the largest buildings in Europe back in the 18th century. It comprises an opulent wooden area, park, the centuries, and gardens. Apart from that, it also has an industrial complex of San Leucio for silk production.

8.  Colosseum (Rome)

Colosseum (Rome)

Founded: 80 AD

Founder: Emperor Vespasian

Director: Alfonsina Russo

Architect: Ancient Roman architecture

The largest auditorium ever, completed in 80 AD. This huge hall attracts millions of visitors from all around the world. The reason you should buy its ticket beforehand. It was the place where ancient Romans used to gather for entertainment, notably for gladiators’ fights. You will get the chance to see dungeons and other levels that hold countless gladiators’ tales.

9. Venaria Reale (Turin)

Venaria Reale (Turin)

Founder: Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy, Duchess Maria Giovanna

Founded: 1700s

Architect: Amedeo di Castellamonte

Venaria Reale is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is situated outside Turin. This magnificent museum was built during the 17th and 18th centuries by Charles Emmanuel II. He wanted a base for his hunting adventures in the countryside. Its name Venatio Regia (Royal Hunt), reflects the reason for its origin.

10. Castel Sant’Angelo (Rome)

Castel Sant’Angelo (Rome)

Founded: 139 AD

Founder: Emperor Hadrian

Director: William Wyler

Castel Sant’Angelo is not far from St. Peter’s Basilica, situated near the Tiber river. It was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. It was then used as a fortress, prison, and castle. Philosopher Giordano Bruno and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini were among his companions.

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