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Barracco Museum

Barracco Museum (64)

This delightful museum is also known as Piccola Farnesina, as it was believed to have belonged to the Farnese family because of the lilies that decorate its cornices. Nothing could be further from the truth given that it was owned by the French noble family Le Roys. It currently belongs to the city of Rome. 

It is believed the building was built by Antonio Sangallo in 1523 and inside it houses a large collection of ancient art, from places such as Egypt, Phoenicia and Greece. You will notice it is mainly predominated by sculpture. All these works belonged to Baron Giovanni Barracco and were donated to the city in 1902.

Beneath the museum, moreover, there are still the remains of what was once a Roman fish market, which you can still ask to visit. Remember that entrance to the building is by a new facade that overlooks Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

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