Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
This XIX century palace in Neo-Renaissance style, close to the Termini Train Station, houses the vast state collections of ancient Roman art with numerous Classical masterpieces. The museum was founded in 1889 to house the archaeological finds made in Rome since 1870, together with some private collections.
Among its treasures are a major coin collection, extensive maps of trade routes and a vast sculpture collection that includes portrait busts of emperors and their families, as well as mythical figures like the Minotaur and Athena. But the real draw is on the second floor, where you can see some of Rome’s oldest frescoes depicting an entire garden, complete with plants and birds.