The Galleria Spada is located only a few footsteps from Piazza Farnese and Campo de Fiori Market, in the heart of old Rome. It is a part of the Palazzo Spada-Capodiferro, one of the most amazing Roman Renaissance buildings, showing on its facade a series of stucco sculptures representing Roman heroes and emperors. Its elegant inner courtyard is decorated with the Olympian gods and goddesses and with mythological scenes. The palace is the seat of the Italian State Council.
The Galleria is a perfect example of the 17th century Roman noble families collecting as well as being one of the most important international museums of Baroque painting. It is particularly fascinating because it preserves the same atmosphere of a private residence as when il was home to Cardinal Bernardino (1594 - 1661) and Cardinal Fabrizio Spada (1643-1717), who are mainly responsible for the collection.
In the timeless spirit of a Roman baroque "quadreria", in four richly decorated rooms, you'll find masterpieces by Guido Reni and Guercino, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Titian, Parmigianino and Jan Brueghel the Elder, as well as a remarkable collection of the main European Caravaggesque artists, such as Valentin de Boulogne, Trophime Bigot, Pietre van Laer and Hendrick van Somer.
The visit ends in the Giardino Segreto (secret garden), where architect Francesco Borromini built in 1653, for Cardinal Bernardino Spada, the Colonnata, or Perspective Gallery, an illusionistic masterpiece of Roman baroque.
Piazza Capo di Ferro 13 (on Thursdays: from Piazza Capo di Ferro turn on Vicolo del Polverone 15 b)
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday : 8.30 a.m. - 7.15 p.m. (the Ticket Office closes at 7 p.m.)
Closed on Tuesday, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Euro 5,00 standard tickets
Euro 2,50 reduced-rate tickets
Admission is free every first Sunday of the month. On these first Sunday of the month the admission to groups accompanied by tourists guides is denied, in order to protect the safety of the public and of works of art.
Reservation is required:
- for groups of 10 to 30 participants
- for school groups
(with a Euro 1 booking fee per participant)
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- Visitors under 18
- Groups of EU school students, accompanied by teachers (reservation compulsory)
- EU Teachers and Students Art History, Archeology, Cultural Heritage preservation, Architecture, Fine Art Academies, High School and art history teachers.
- Students from I.S.C.R., O.P.D., Scuola per il restauro del Mosaico.
- EU Citiziens with disabilities, with helper
- EU licensed tourists guides and interpreters
- EU journalists
- I.C.O.M. Members
- EU Citiziens between 18 and 25 years
(* Valid documentary evidence is required)