Cultural holidays in Rome

Exploring Roman Culture from Ancient to Post Modern

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn
HomeAway travel expert

A Cultural Itinerary in RomeRome. It's one of the most fashionable and delicious destinations imaginable. With its very own holy empire named after it, the ever epic capital of Italy is arguably the most historically significant city you'll ever visit and offers a range of cultural delights to suit all tastes. The only problem is finding the time to see and do everything on your agenda. Making the most of your Roman holiday may seem like an overwhelming endeavour, but in reality getting to experience the best that Rome has to offer is fairly straightforward and molto semplice.

Often described as the world's largest open air museum, many of Rome's main attractions are within easy walking distance of each other with plenty of lesser known (but nonetheless amazing) gems to check out along the way. No matter your route or your pace, you'll find plenty of chances to sample a slice of perfect pizza, enjoy a scoop of gorgeous gelato, down a quick espresso or linger over a substantial plate of your favourite pasta.

Here's a list of five amazing Roman attractions, from ancient to post modern, guaranteed to yield a lifetime of memories from your time in the Eternal City.


Five amazing Roman attractions


Galleria Borghese Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese is home to one of the largest – and quite possibly most valuable – private collections of art in the world. Consisting of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, the collection began with the acquisition of artworks by Cardinal Scipione Borghese while his uncle Pope Paul V was head of the Vatican (1605 to 1621). The gallery is home to important works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli, Titian and more. For a crash course in Renaissance and Baroque aesthetics and access to more classical works of art per square metre than you thought possible, a visit to Galleria Bhorgese is a must.

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Giorgio de Chirico House-Museum Giorgio de Chirico House-Museum

As a museum, it's hardly more than a decade old and only features artwork created during the 20 th century by one artist. Yes, the Giorgio de Chirico House-Museum yields a much different cultural perspective than many of Rome's most frequented attractions. Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico lived here for the last 30 years of his life with his wife Isa who remained until her death in 1990. Set in the top three storeys of the 17 th century Palazzetto dei Borgogoni, this apartment-cum-museum is filled with de Chirico's works and offers visitors stunning views of the famed Piazza di Spagna and Rome's skyline from the heart of the city. 

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MAXXI, the National Museum of Art from the 21st century MAXXI, the National Museum of Art from the 21st century

Designed by celebrity architect, Zaha Hadid, the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (aka MAXXI) questions the assumption that Rome's best times are behind it and that daring and colossal structures are a thing of the past. The museum's collection reads as a who's who of contemporary art with the likes of Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Francesco Clemente, Thomas Schutte and plenty of other outstanding artists drawing viewers to experience Rome's most up-to-date take on art.

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MACRO, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome MACRO, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome

Housed in an old Peroni factory and former slaughterhouse in the increasingly trendy neighbourhood of Testaccio, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma is a municipal project with a focus on post WWII Italian art with particular attention paid to works made since the 1960s. With some of Rome's best nightlife and local eateries at its doorstep, MACRO's late hours ensure you can do as the Romans do in style and with leisure – it's also one of the few major attractions in Rome that seems to draw actual Romans out to mingle with the tourists.

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Vatican Museums Vatican Museums

Founded as a small collection of statues by Pope Julius II during the 16th century, the Vatican Museums today are home to a 13 and a half acre complex featuring some of the world's most renowned classical sculptures and important Renaissance paintings. Among the most famous works are view are the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. You'll want to set aside a half a day at the very least to all the grandeur in. Be sure to dress modestly when you go and consider booking ahead to avoid what could potentially be rather a lengthy queue.

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