Next Sunday, as every first Sunday of the month, we’ll be able to enter for free in most Italian museums. Let ourselves be enchanted by the masterpieces that are found in the Uffizi, walking in history, among the remains of the ancient city of Pompei, discover the history of primitive man in the MUSE of Trento.
A decree of 2014 by the Minister Dario Franceschini makes it possible to enter for free the Italian museum the first Sunday of the month. The decision aims to increase Italian visitors access to museums, making culture accessible to all. Next Sunday is also the first day of the new year, a perfect time to arrange an alternative weekend among art, history, and science, a weekend that can be lived every month without spending anything.
Here’s our selection of the most beautiful museums in Italy, although it was difficult to choose only 10 museums, considering the enormous cultural heritage of the peninsula.
Egyptian Museum, Turin
Known throughout the world, it is a real journey to the discovery of the art and culture of ancient Egypt. It is one of the most important Egyptian museums in the world, second only to that of Cairo. Papyri, stature, sarcophagi, mummies, and objects of worship await you in an exhibition of great beauty.
Where to stay: in the heart of Turin you can find the Casaleggera, eco-friendly accommodation with a beautiful terrace in the city center of Turin. If you prefer to stay away from the city and immerse yourself in nature, we suggest you live an unusual night in Soul Shelter Yurt, a tent from Mongolia with a panoramic terrace of the Alps and the city.
Reggia di Caserta
One of the largest royal residences in the world, the Royal Palace of Caserta with its park does not need large presentations. The building belonged to the Bourbons, and since 1997 is a World Heritage Site.
Where to stay: in the countryside of ancient Capua, not far from Caserta, the organic farm La Colombaia invites you to spend a relaxing holiday, between the Finnish sauna and the flavors of country tradition.
Palazzo Ducale, Venice
In the beautiful Piazza San Marco, we find one of the symbols of the city of Venice. The Ducal Palace is considered the quintessential masterpiece of Venetian Gothic, and is now obligatory stop for tourists in the city.
Where to stay: the Eco BB Venice offers an affordable apartment for 4 people with breakfast and a garden.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of those places to see at least once in life. It is one of the most famous museums in the world and within it you can find some paintings by leading artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and many others.
Where to stay: Hotel Kursaal & Ausonia is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the most important monuments and museums, and offers completely renovated rooms.
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Among the several museums in Milan, we recommend a visit to the national art gallery of ancient and modern art.
Where to stay: among the various possibilities of sleeping green, there is the Hostel Bello, eco-friendly and economic accommodation in the heart of the city.
Galata Sea Museum, Genoa
Its 10,000 square meters of exhibition spaces make it the largest of the museums in the Mediterranean area dedicated to the sea and the history of navigation. Between tradition and technological innovation you can live in a new way the sea and the life in ships.
Where to stay: from the museum you can reach by foot the Hotel Cairoli, comfortable and eco-friendly hotel with excellent breakfast.
Modern art lovers should definitely visit the museum of Bologna where they collected an important artistic heritage of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, presented in an innovative and dynamic way.
Where to stay: A stone’s throw from the station stands the design hostel We_Bologna. The colorful rooms are all equipped with private bathroom with shower and air conditioning, common areas are many and the breakfast is prepared with organic and local products.
Galleria Borghese, Rome
In a city that is also an open-air museum is really hard to pick just one to visit. This time we want, however, take you to the discovery of rich and wonderful collection of Galleria Borghese, made of ancient mosaics, sculptures and paintings.
Where to stay: B&B Mammarampa offers its guests 2 double rooms with shared bathrooms, great breakfast and interesting information to discover new and unusual corners of Rome.
A walk in the ancient Pompeii is a unique experience. The excavations are an extraordinary testimony of the ancient world.
Where to stay: a few kilometers from the excavations, the B&B Il Giardino di Tonia welcomes you, cozy apartment with a wonderful garden with trees and ornamental plants.
From art to science. In Trento, in the newly district created by Renzo Piano, there is a beautiful science museum, an interactive place where you can live and interesting experiences between the formation of glaciers, the biodiversity maze and the beautiful greenhouse.
Where to stay: in the city you can stay in a cozy eco-B&B.