Palazzo Valentini is a palazzo in central Rome, Italy, not far from Piazza Venezia. Since 1873 it has been the base of the provincial and prefectural administration of Rome.
The palazzo was first built by cardinal Michele Bonelli, nephew of pope Pius V, who, in 1585, acquired a pre-existing palazzo from Giacomo Boncompagni at the extremity of what was then piazza dei Santi Apostoli. Today the palazzo is separated from that piazza by via Quattro Novembre, opened later to connect the new via Nazionale with piazza Venezia. The cardinal was also the owner of a large part of the area which extended, behind the palazzo, above the ruins of the imperial fora of Trajan and Augustus, known by the name "Pantano" due to being subject to impaludamenti or flooding. Over the same years the district on the ruins of the imperial fora was subjected to a general development of the land and to a systematic urbanisation, with the creation of the "quartiere Alessandrino" in the cardinal's honour (he was nicknamed "cardinale alessandrino" after his origins in a village in the province of Alessandria). The quarter was destroyed in the 1920s and 1930s to open via dei Fori Imperiali.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
claire | Feb 18, 2018
Light is used to help reconstruct an ancient house and bath. It's quite interesting, though not on the level of the Domus Aurea. At the end there was a quick mention that we were walking through a WWII bunker - it would have been nice to hear more about this.
Robbert Hu | Dec 16, 2017
Interesting and captivating tour through the newly excavated ruins. This tour really stands out around all the other tours in Rome because of it use of different lights and projectors to highlight and recreate how things used to be. This is a must see to get a better understanding of ancient Roman life.
georginamgo | Feb 20, 2018
I take my students here every year. It is informative and easy to comprehend and appreciate, no matter how little you know about the Romans or how unimaginative you may be. Part of the rooms pass system, with being your first stop in antique Roma.
Ed Dunlap | Jan 2, 2018
One of the best tours I've had in Rome. I wouldn't expect mind-blowing VR, but the presentation and pacing are excellent. This is a great way to bring otherwise mystifying ruins to life. Book in advance, as there aren't many tours offered per day.
Detlef | Feb 26, 2018
This place is a joke! There is some tiny snow and the whole place is shut down. No service, nobody knows anything. We bought tickets in advance and now we are stuck. This is just ridiculous. Shame on you to treat tourists like that - very disappointing!!!
James McFarlane | Mar 25, 2018
This is a fantastic example of how technology can really bring an ancient site to life. The remains of the ancient Roman houses are visible below glass floors and, as you walk on these glass floors through the different areas, recorded explanations are played. These explanations are synchronised with a light show that clearly highlights the features in the room that are being explained. Light shows are also used to bring back to life the houses, by projecting onto the ruins images of how they would have been nearly two thousand years ago. The presentation takes around an hour and a half and ends with an excellent step by step guide to the scenes decorating the adjacent Trajans column. Well worth a visit.
Robert Finocchio | Mar 28, 2018
This was a great archeological site tour and museum. The tour shows the manner which they used to uncover the artifacts. The 3D video overlayed on the ruins to show what they may have originally looked like was amazing. The ancient mosiac tile floors and huge uncovered columns we're amazing. You are not allowed to take pictures during the tour. The picture I attached is the only picture they allowed you to take at the end of the tour.
Sara Mclean | Jul 7, 2018
Awesome museum combines archaeological evidence of this ancient Roman mansion — including baths, mosaic floors and painted walls—and 3d images to give an amazing picture of what Rome was like when the other nearby ancient ruins were the center of public life. A well done movie explains the Romanian conquest depicted on Trajan’s column directly outside. Very well done. Highly recommend for adults but also kids (8 and up). You need to reserve a tour in your preferred language. We stopped by before lunch and could get one at 4:30.
Fabio Gullo | Jun 23, 2018
I am from Rome and this is one of the most beautiful museums I have visited in my life
Paola Zuelli | Aug 6, 2018
Wonderful experience. My kids loved it!
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