Friday, March 27, 2020

Galleria Corsini

where: Via della Lungara, 10 Trastevere
getting there: not far from the Porta Settimiana and opposite Palazzo Farnesina
open: 8:30 to 19:00, closed Tuesdays, December 25th and January 1st
information: tickets are €12 for a combined ticket for both the Galleria Corsini and Galleria Barberini (valid for 10 days)

The Corsini Gallery is part of the Rome state-run Nazionale d'Arte Antica and although it isn't as large as its big sister gallery, the Barberini Gallery in the Palazzo Barberini, this beautiful and usually much quieter art collection is worthwhile visiting. 
The gallery takes up the first floor of the late-Baroque Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere which was commissioned by Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini. The cardinal was nephew to Clement XII, pope from 1730 until 1740.
The gallery holds the personal collection of art works from Pope Clement XII, his nephew and was later added to by other members of the Corsini family.

In 1883 the palace and collection were sold to the state and opened to the public.

The collection consists of art works from the late-Renaissance period through to the 18th century.
Important pieces are Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist, Carlo Maratta's Virgin, Child and Saint John the Baptist,  Ruben's painting of Head of an Old Man and Orazio Gentileschi's Virgin and Child, to name a few.

Guido Reni
il Baciccio
Luigi Garzi
Carlo Dolci
Mattia Preti

Orazio Gentileschi
Caravaggio







Helpful Hints

Getting Around

I found walking Rome was the best way to see everything.

The metro, trams and buses are also an easy and cheap option.

Buses and the metro can get crowded. Tickets must be bought before boarding and validated.

Beware of pickpockets.

Buses 40 (express) and 64 start at Termini and end near Saint Peter's, traveling past places of interest, returning the same way.


Some stops along the 64 route are:

Repubblica

Piazza Venezia

Via Nazionale

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II


Bus 75 takes you past the Colosseum to Trastevere

Bus 910 takes you to Villa Borghese


Ticket Options

€1.50 B.I.T (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo) is the standard ticket valid for one metro, unlimited tram or bus rides within 100 minutes.


€7.00 B.I.G ( Biglietto Integrato a Giornaliero) is a daily ticket valid for unlimited metro, tram, bus and train travel within Rome.


Purchasing Bus and Metro tickets.

Newsstands, train stations, metro stations, kiosks with the ATAC logo and tabacchi shops sell tickets for the metro, trams and buses.

Large fines apply to travelers not holding or validating their ticket. Tickets once validated start from the time they have been stamped.






These are a few of my favourite books about Rome

The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.





other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki