I have been curious about Palazzo Braschi for a very long time because I walk by it constantly.
Located on the edge of Piazza Navona, you can pass through the courtyard to get to the square.
I always imagined the building was filled with statues.
As I walked in for the first time, it did not disappoint.
The staircase is stunning, and I paused to examine the plater reliefs on the ceiling.
As I climbed to the first floor, I became more and more excited to see the rest of the palazzo.
It was kind of “meh.”
I have heard that the collection is a bit disappointing, and I have to agree.
There are some lovely paintings of Rome’s monuments, and it is interesting to see these versions of Rome from the 1700 and 1800s, but it feels a bit thrown together.
There is an exhibit running through 2 October 2016 on caricatures (no photography allowed), which was better than the standing collection.
However, the best thing about Palazzo Braschi is the staircase.
Oh, and the view.
Restoration is currently ongoing, which means the quality may change over time. To date, only the first floor is open, though there are plans to open other levels in the future.
Piazza Navona, 2
Rome, Italy (Centro Storico)
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Tickets are €11 but entrance is free for Rome residents (with ID) on the first Sunday of every month.