Palazzo Corsini sits quietly along Via della Lungara in Trastevere.
The sunken street, which runs parallel to the Tiber River, is on the edge of the neighborhood and easy to miss.
That means Palazzo Corsini does not get a lot of traffic.
Which is weird, because it is actually an incredible location.
The palace sits right next to Villa Farnesina and in front of the city’s botanical gardens.
But most notably, the palazzo is home to Galleria Corsini.
Along with Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Borghese, Galleria Corsini is part of Italy’s Arte Antica collection.
Most of the collection in Palazzo Corsini was donated (surprise) by the Corsini family in the 1800s.
The galleria is small and manageable.
So small that it seems the ticket desk is sometimes left completely unmanned. (Tickets are €5 btw).
Most of the works are by 16th and 17th century Italian artists.
And… it’s ok.
But I have to say that I had more fun wandering through the library.
Books are my jam.
And Palazzo Corsini has row after row of beautifully bound volumes.
Apparently the below sign just means “past history.”
But I prefer to think of it as profane. More fun, no?
If you are looking for a quiet place to sit, you could certainly do worse.
I zipped through the art collection fairly quickly. Palazzo Barberini has more famous pieces than Palazzo Corsini.
But I was glad that I stopped in and had a chance linger in the library.
If you are not sure you want to commit to the very reasonable €5 entry fee, then I suggest taking advantage of the free admission during Domenica al Museo – the first Sunday of each month.
Palazzo and Galleria Corsini
Via della Lungara, 10
00152 Roma, Italia (Trastevere)
+39 06 68802323
Palazzo Corsini Opening Hours
Open: Monday and Wednesday – Saturday from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. Free the first Sunday of the month.
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