Category Archives: Unexpected Rome

Palazzo Barberini: Museum and Gardens

palazzo barberini facade

Palazzo Barberini is one of the most overlooked art museums in Rome. The 17th-century palace is incredibly centrally located – just around the corner from the quattro fontane and a few streets over from the Trevi Fountain. I think part of my hesitation was the name of its gallery – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Old art. Plenty […]

Unexpected Rome: Caravaggio in Piazza del Popolo

The most eye-catching buildings in Piazza del Popolo are the twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto. The churches stand at the end of Via del Corso, central Rome’s most concentrated shopping destination. However, the hidden gem in this piazza is actually the plainer-looking basilica to the north of the square: Santa Maria […]