getting there: bus 64, stop Venezia
open: 9:00 – 19:00 daily, closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Easter
cost: €12 audio-guide included
information: Doria Pamphilj website
One of the most fantastic art galleries that I've visited in Rome is the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. Situated near the beginning of the Via del Corso, close to the Piazza Venezia, the gallery holds a large private art collection which includes many important pieces by late Renaissance and Baroque artists.
The original palace was once part of the dowry of wealthy widow Olympia Aldobrandini who married ex-cardinal Camillo Pamphilj, nephew to Pope Innocent X.
Over the centuries the palazzo was expanded and the art collection enlarged.
The collection includes Caravaggio's Rest on the Flight to Egypt and the Repentant Madonna, works by Raphael, Bernini, Annibale Carracci, Guercino and Guido Reni, and the art and sculpture collection and furnishings of Pope Innocent X, inherited by the family in the 17th century.
An informative and amusing audio-guide is included in the price of admission, narrated by Jonathan Doria Pamphilj, heir and current owner of the palace.