About Palazzo Barberini

Explore and applaud the striking magnificence of Palazzo Barberini which is the most marvellous of all the Roman Baroque palaces. Located in the heart of Roma, Palazzo Barberini is an architectural wonder that is well known for its spectacular design, cultural significance and beautiful paintings. This 17th century palace was originally built as the residence of the Pope Urban VIII who wanted to extend his dwelling for his family. The palace was later transformed into a museum and today it houses the national Gallery of Ancient Art that exhibits more than 40 artworks attracting art lovers and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world.

Palazzo Barberini Roma sports a large front courtyard from where you can see the quaint portico facade where a false glass loggia is placed. The interior of the palace is as opulent and decorative as the exterior. You can witness ravishing fresco pictures sketched on the ceiling of the salon by prominent Italian artists. Take a walk through the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica and catch a glimpse of medieval paintings, artworks and sculptures. The place also hosts exhibitions displaying these artworks on a regular basis.

Palazzo Barberini Highlights

Palazzo Barberini Highlights
  • Witness and marvel at the ancient Baroque architecture of Palazzo Barberini, its splendid facade with notable artworks by Raphael and Lippi and the gorgeous Roman style staircases.
  • Visit the National Gallery of Ancient Art and Tempo Barocco Exhibition featuring 40 beautiful paintings of famous Baroque artists and regional painters. You can see the paintings of La Fornarina by Raphael, The Annunciation by Lippi and Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio.
  • Admire at the breathtaking fresco paintings on the ceiling by the eminent Italian painter cum architect Pietro da Cortona. 
  • Visit the Mithraeum which is an ancient underground temple dedicated to the God Mithras that has been recently opened for public viewing.

Things to See at Palazzo Barberini


Get ready to stand in awe while admiring the beauty of Palazzo Barberini Palace which is an icon of the Baroque architectural style. The main block encompasses three tiers of arch-shaped windows like glazed arcades that are similar to the Venetian style. On the topmost floor, false-perspective windows are placed to suggest extra depth. The hall is edged by two sets of stairs leading to piano nobile, a giant squared staircase and a small oval shape staircase.


You can witness and be mesmerized by the huge ceiling of the Palazzo Barberini Roma which is adorned with gorgeous fresco paintings. The famous Baroque fresco painting by Pietro da Cortona, ‘Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power’ is an astonishing masterpiece that graces the ceiling of the salon. You can also find another great fresco painting known as the ‘Divine Wisdom’ by Andrea Sacchi.

Artwork & Collections

The National Gallery of Ancient Art in the palace houses a plethora of artworks which are one of the most significant painting collections in Italy. The museum includes wonderful pieces of art from across history. You can find illustrious artworks like La Fornarina by Rapahel, Narcissus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, David with Head of Goliath by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and The Three Fates by Sodoma.

The Barberini Palace History

The Palazzo Barberini was constructed as a residential palace for the newly elected Pope of Rome, Maffeo Barberini. Two years after Barberini became the Pope, he wanted to extend his place of residence for his nephews and hence he acquired the villa on Quirinal Hill that belonged to the Sforza family. So he commissioned Carlo Moderna who is a famous Italian architect to transform the villa into his residence along with Francesco Borromini. Moderna, instead of demolishing the existing building, incorporated it as the North Wing of the Barberini Palace. The Palazzo Barberini Roma was constructed as an open-winged H shaped block with no interior courtyard. After Moderna passed away, Gian Lorenzo Bermini was designated to carry on with the construction and he completed the work in 1633. The Barberini Palace was heavily remodelled between 1671 and 1679 under the guidance of Angelo Torrone. The ground floor was completely dedicated for the display of the Barberini family’s huge collection of artworks while the rooms on the first floor were rearranged. Pietro da Cortona directed the work of fresco paintings in the palace from 1631 to 1632. The descendants of the Barberini family lived in the Palazzo Barberini until 1955.

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Operating hours

Tuesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 6 PM

Palazzo Barberini is closed on all Mondays, December 25 and January 1. The ticket counter at the palace closes by 5 PM and hence any entry after 5 PM is not permitted.

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