Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica) Tours
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One of Rome’s hidden gems, the Pietro Canonica Museum is home to a stellar collection of works by the 19th-century sculptor and musician, all displayed against the backdrop of his luxurious fortress-style villa in the Villa Borghese gardens. Visitors will gain a unique glimpse into the artist's life a century ago.
Canonica was a sculptor and academic born near Turin in 1869. Much feted by the aristocracy in Italy and Europe for his fine sculptural portraits of royalty and nobility, he was given this small but sumptuous "fortezzuola" villa by the city of Rome, and lived there until his death in 1959. The artist's house is now a museum dedicated to his life and work; visit as part of a Villa Borghese bike or Segway tour that also includes the Galleria Borghese, the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, the Bioparco zoo, and the Pincio Gardens.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum’s collection consists primarily of sculptures, but there are other eclectic things to see as well, including Canonica’s smock and beret.
- Large bags and backpacks are not allowed in the museum.
- The museum is partially accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Flash photography is not allowed inside the museum.
How to Get There
The museum is located on Viale Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese park. The nearest metro station is Flaminio; the nearest bus stop is at Piazzale Brasile.
When to Get There
Because of its location in Villa Borghese park, the museum makes for a great stop on a nice day. It’s closed on Mondays.
The Pietro Canonica Museum Collection
Visitors can see original models for Canonica’s bronze and marble statues, as well as sketches and drawings, in the artist’s ground-floor studio. Upstairs, you can explore private apartments furnished with antiques, Flemish tapestries, and paintings by 19th- and 20th-century Italian artists such as Giovanni Battista Quadrone and Vittorio Cavalleri.
Address: Viale Pietro Canonica, 2, Rome, Lazio 00197, Italy
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica)
Breathe in the beauty of Villa Borghese, Rome’s largest public park, on a guided bike tour. This monumental complex of gardens takes its name from 15th-century art patron Cardinal Scipione Borghese and boasts the stately Gallery Borghese art museum, a picturesque lake, ornate monuments, and ancient ruins. Pedal around highlights including the magnificent Lake Gardens, fountains, statues and temples, and the elegant gallery, home to works by Caravaggio and Bernini.
Explore the Villa Borghese gardens, one of Rome’s loveliest parks, on this Segway tour. With the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ideal way to experience this peaceful respite above the bustling streets of the Eternal City. Following a guide, you’ll cruise down shady pathways, admire fountains, enjoy the Lake Gardens and check out Piazza di Siena. Numbers are limited to eight people to provide a small-group experience. Select a departure time when booking.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica)?
The best ways to experience Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica) are:
- Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome
- Rome Segway Tour Villa Borghese
- Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off and Fast Track Entry
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