Other museums of Rome!

So now I come to you in one all post because even if mentioned them before wrote little and of course Rome has several museums. I have seen some but not all, too many lol! So in order to do justice, I will post here some information on the other museums of Rome we have visited. There are all very interesting if you have the time as we did! Briefly as getting eaten on the memory at wordpress! Enjoy it!

The Carlo Bilotti Museum (Museo Carlo Bilotti) is located in the Orangery of Villa Borghese, at street Viale Fiorello La Guardia. It is a museum of contemporary art belonging to the city of Rome which is part of the project museums park of the Villa Borghese. The museum presents paintings, sculptures and watercolors from the collection donated by Italian-American entrepreneur and collector Carlo Bilotti, including works by Giorgio De Chirico, paintings by Gino Severini, Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers, and a sculpture by Giacomo Manzù. The museum is also equipped to present temporary exhibitions.

The story goes that in 1650, the Orangery was a two-story building with a small tower, covered galleries, a square courtyard decorated with paintings representing figures and landscapes and, in the center of the courtyard, a fountain in the shape of a ship. Subsequently, in addition to the one made under Cardinal Borghese, the building has undergone several changes and has completely lost its original appearance. At the end of the 18C, it was enlarged and decorated, in parallel with the development of the adjacent  Lake Garden. The building was then used for festivities and social events, and was called the “Pavilion of water games” or Casino dei giuochi acqua in Italian, because of the presence of fountains and nymphaea’s in a Baroque style.

In 1849, the building was destroyed during the battle of the Roman Republic. It was then rebuilt with a slightly different shape and without decoration, to accommodate the citrus trees during the winter, a function that earned it its current name. In 1903, when Villa Borghese came into possession of the city of Rome, it served as offices and dwellings; until 1982, it was the seat of a religious institute and offices of the municipality. The building was finally restored and the exterior was painted red to create a museum dedicated to Carlo Bilotti.

Some webpages on the Carlo Bilotti museum here

Official Carlo Bilotti museum

Tourist office of Rome on the museum


The Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica) is located 2 via Pietro Canonica, in the park of Villa Borghese. It is dedicated to the work of Pietro Canonica.

A bit of history I like: The house is mentioned in documents of the 17C, under the name of Gallinaro: ostriches, peacocks and ducks were raised there to provide hunting for the Borghese family. The current name, Fortezzuola, (fortress in Italian) comes from the fact that it represents the walls of the city, in the medieval style. Later, in 1919, the building, which was used as administrative offices, suffered a fire, which decided its subsequent abandonment. In 1926 he was loaned to Pietro Canonica, who reorganized the building and turned the stables into exhibition halls for his work. When the sculptor died in 1959, a first collection of works formed the core of the museum. After the death of his second wife in 1987, the furniture of the residence is donated to the city of Rome, in accordance with his last wishes

This internationally renowned sculptor, music lover and composer himself, was trained in Turin in the late 19C, and then stayed in the European courts, where the aristocracy ordered portraits and memorials. Pietro Canonica  moved to Rome in 1922 and in 1927 managed to get the city’s agreement to use the building that now houses the museum, to make it his home and his studio. In return, the artist agrees to give, after his death, all the works accumulated over the years on this occasion, to make a museum in his name. The museum offers various perspectives from the artist to the visitor: with the private apartment on the first floor, or with the sculptor’s studio on the ground floor. The exhibition halls bring together a large part of his work: from small busts to large equestrian statues, sculptures, drawings, models, and molds, in a collection that is also a journey through the tumultuous history of the late 19C, and the first half of the 20C. It also teaches the various stages and different machining processes in the art of sculpture.

Some webpages on the Pietro Canonica museum are

Official Pietro Canonica museum

Tourist office of Rome on the museum


The Historical Museum of the Grenadiers of Sardinia ( Museo storico dei Granaliere di Sardegna )is located in Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 7 in Rome.This is a military museum but can be visited on tis 15 rooms;nice.

A bit of history I like: The idea of ​​collecting all the historical finds of the grenadiers of Sardinia came in 1899 to the commander of the Secondo Vandero regiment, when the unit was stationed in Piacenza. The following year Colonel Cesare Confalonieri had the same idea and built it in the new Parma office. With the transfer of the brigade to Rome, the two collections were reunited  in 1903 in some rooms of the Ferdinando di Savoia barracks at Termini train Station. Already in 1912, due to the quantity of materials collected, it was deemed appropriate to find a new layout for the museum and the Umberto I barracks in Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme was suggested as a new location.

The museum is divided into 15 rooms containing weapons of various origins, both Italian and foreign, as well as photographic material relating to WWI, the reasons for the awarding of gold medals for military valor given to grenadiers, plans of the places where they fought, flags and personal items donated by grenadiers themselves or their families. Also on the walls are engraved with gold letters the names of 8,500 grenadiers fallen in all the wars. The itinerary develops illustrating the most significant periods in the history of the military body, starting from its foundation in 1659 until 1870. It continues in the historical memories of the colonial wars of Eritrea (1896) and Libya (1911-1912), while the arms room preserves examples of weapons taken from the enemy during WWI and relics of the countryside of Albania, Greece and Yugoslavia. The itinerary continues in the room reserved for the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Yugoslavia (1941-1943) and in the one that preserves the memory of the participation of grenadiers to the Resistance. On the first floor is the hall of honor dedicated to the rulers of the House of Savoy, supporters of the grenadier corps since its establishment. Two rooms dedicated to the Italo-Ethiopian war, a room dedicated to Lieutenant Guido Zanetti and one dedicated to the war flags of the regiment complete the museum. Indeed nice.

Some webpages on the Historical Museum of the Grenadiers of Sardinia are

Official army site on the museum of Grenadiers of Sardinia

Official touris office of Rome on the museum


The Wax Museum of Rome (Museo delle Cere) was founded in 1958 by Fernando Canini, inspired by similar museums in London and Paris. It is located in Piazza dei Santi Apostoli 67, near Piazza Venezia. It is like the third wax museum of Europe and has enormous amount of figures so will just name the rooms here for you. Great area to wandered around and if time come in, nice museum.

Room 1: Hall of the Palazzo Venezia: Room 2: The history of the 20C: Room 3: The great 19C and the Italian poets: Room 4: Characters from the world of entertainment and sport: Room 5: Papal throne: Room 6: The Italian Renaissance and the great inventors: Room 7: Musicians and artists: Room 8: Prehistoric animals and Sleeping Beauty: Room 9: Lenin speaking to Russian peasants; Room 10: Characters of history.

Some webpages on the Wax Museum are

Official Wax Museum of Rome

Tourist office of Rome on the wax museum


And there you go a handful of nice museums me think off the beaten path but all worth a visit while in Rome;you need time , there are so many nice museums there. I have collected them over time and some more than once. Enjoy the other museums of Rome!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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