Although Italy's most popular tourist attraction is the Colosseum, which is the 39th most visited place all over the world, the museums in Italy also attract a lot of tourists. And why not, as the museums in Italy showcase some of the greatest collections of world art, culture and literature from overall different periods and centuries.
These museums exhibit the artwork from the Renaissance period, events of the Risorgimento movement, which ultimately lead to the unification of Italians, about Italian Fascism and some brilliant artwork by notable artists. These museums also display old documents, antique jewels, and other interesting things related to some of the royal families of Italy.
In fact, the artwork is not only restricted to Italian culture, but depicts a broad cultural influence worldwide. The table ahead will help you find out which museums, have what interesting treasures to display.
#1: Castello Sforzesco, Milan
This huge museum includes beautiful artworks like Michelangelo's last sculpture, 'The Rondanini Pietà' and Leonardo da Vinci's 'Codex Trivulzianus'. This architectural marvel is considered as one of the biggest bastions of Europe.
#2: Vatican Museum, Rome
Vatican museum is one of the greatest museums in the world. It displays renowned classical sculptures and important masterworks of the Renaissance period. The spiral stairs of the Vatican museum are shown in the image.
#3: Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Milan
Leonardo museum is a treasure of art and culture and the country's largest museum as well. It is a national museum of science and technology, dedicated in the fond memory of Italian painter and scientist Leonardo Da Vinci.
#4: Galleria Borghese, Rome
The most spectacular art works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Domenichino, Guido Reni, Peter Paul Rubens and many more are showcased here. It is located a little off the city of Rome and considered one of the most famous museums of Italy built by architect Flaminio Ponzio. It exhibits a substantial collection of antiques, paintings and sculptures.
#5: Musei Capitolini, Rome
This museum is contained in three pallazi (meaning Italian style buildings). Each of these buildings exhibit artwork from three different centuries, namely the 12th, 16th and 17th. The collection of artwork, jewels and coins in here is simply amazing!
#7: National Museum of Pasta Foods, Rome
If you love Italian food and want to know about the history and nutritional qualities of the same, this place should be given a visit then. Devoted to the history of pasta and interesting indeed!.
#8: Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan
This museum has a private and splendid collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, member of the royal family of Italy. The exhibition also includes antique weapons, glass works, ceramics and gold works.
#9: Museum of the Risorgimento, Milan
The museum is set up to exhibit the events of Risorgimento which was a political and social movement that illustrates the unification of Italians.
#11: Museo di Capodimonte, Naples
This famous art gallery displays paintings of the 13th and the 18th century by the very famous painters like Raphael, Titian, Luca Giordano and many other eminent artists.
#12: Naples National Archaeological Museum, Naples
This museum is city's most famous museum and showcases the extensive artifacts of the roman empire in the world.
#13: Turin City Museum of Ancient Art, Turin
This museum particularly specializes in displaying the rich heritage of archeology and anthropology of the ancient Egypt.
#14: Museum of Oriental Art, Turin
One of the most important museum displaying the rich Asian art culture in Italy.
#15: Palazzo Bianco (Genoa), Genoa
Palazzo Bianco is one of the Mannerist palaces of the city. This museum demonstrates a panorama of European painting.
#17: Museo della Deportazione, Prato
Museo della Deportazione is a famous museum in Prato dedicated to the fascism occurrence in Italy.
#18: Museo Lombardi, Parma
This museum displays the esteemed historical items of the royal house of Europe 'Habshurg'. Also exhibits important documents and art works of Parma in the 18th and 19th centuries.
#19: Palazzo Piacentini, Reggio Calabria
The National Museum of Greater Greece or Palazzo Piacentini is one of the main tourists destinations in Reggio Calabria. It displays the most notable collections and reflects the rich heritage and culture of the city. Definitely deserves a visit!
So, these are some famous museums in Italy which contributes to the cultural and historical heritage of the world.