Everybody knows that Rome has many huge museums with some of the best art works in the whole world; just few people know that there are plenty of smaller free-entry museums hosting nice exhibits and events.
Walkable Rome kindly suggests to visit 8 of them, starting from the suggestive archaeologic area of Villa di Massenzio, the precious sculptures preserved at Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, very close to Piazza Navona, the walkway, the towers and all the hidden stories of Museo delle Mura, the works by De Chirico, Severini, Warhol, Rivers and Manzù hosted at Museo Carlo Bilotti. These are just some of the “small” galleries and museums in Rome that are free-entry, although other curiosities may be satisfied walking through the most wonderful itineraries in Rome. It’s the case of the sculptor Pietro Canonica’s studio-house, located in the beautiful Villa Borghese, or the one of Museo Napoleonico, which attracts history enthusiasts from all over the world because of its precious relics from the 19th century. Finally, walking up the Gianicolo Hill, which is the place where the battles of the Roman Republic were fought in 1849, one can live again those days thanks to the captivating Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria Garibaldina, an authentic gem close to the famous Gianicolo Fountain. Another splendid example of free-entry “small” museum in Rome is the Museo di Casal dei Pazzi, born in 1981 after the finding of an elephant tusk during the works for urbanization in Rebibbia, where there are thousands of proofs of the cohabitation of exotic animals and humans in the ancient Roman country side.
In addition to the unique specificity expressed by every permanent collection, in some of these eight “small” museums of the Sistema Musei Civici di Roma there are also temporary exhibitions, often strictly related to the themes characterizing the specific site.