The sumptuous Palazzo Doria Pamphilj comprises apartments of the aristocratic Pamphilj family, as well the Doria Pamphilj Gallery—one of Italy’s most prestigious private art collections. To breeze past the crowds and fully enjoy the palace’s history, book a guided tour with skip-the-line admission. Tours offer a glimpse into the life of Roman nobility and typically visit the palace ballroom, chapel, and apartments, which overflow with historic paintings and sculptures.
If you are a music fan, opt for a private tour of the palace that includes a classical music concert or opera performance inside the baroque halls.
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Things to know before you go
- The gallery was first opened to the public in 1950, but completely renovated and rehung in 1998, when it also became the first art collection in Italy to introduce audio guides
- Art lovers who want to avoid the crowds in Rome’s more famous museums but enjoy important masterpieces will appreciate the relative peace inside the gallery.
- There is a cafè and a gift shop inside the gallery.
- The palace and gallery are not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to get there
The Doria Pamphilj Gallery is in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj along Via del Corso, a short walk from the Piazza Venezia transportation hub and many of the most famous attractions in Rome’s historic center.
When to get there
The gallery is closed on the third Wednesday of the month, but open throughout the day the rest of the week. Visit around midday when the gallery is quiet to enjoy the collection virtually to yourself.
Highlights of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery
Some of the collection's most famous pieces include a portrait of Pope Innocent X by Velázquez and two busts of the same pope, created by Bernini. Giovanni Battista Pamphilj reigned as Pope Innocent X from 1644 to 1655, so in addition to portraits and busts in his honor, the palace has a papal Throne Room, an addition reserved for royal palaces or papal residences. The lavish Gallery of Mirrors is one of the most famous rooms in the palace and includes frescoes depicting the Labors of Hercules.
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