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Galleria Spada

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro 13 | Palazzo Spada, 00186 Rome, Italy
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08:30 - 19:30
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Nice small place (by Rome standards)

This place isn't very big, but we liked the optical illusion and the rooms were interesting too. If you ask the staff, they'll let you in a room that's not constantly open. I... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2016
Emmi T
Espoo, Finland
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Sydney, Australia
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201 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Borromini illusion is the only thing worth seeing here. Borromini had only a small area to work in so what looks like a long corridor is a very small distance with ever diminishing column heights - so you would be bending over at the end. But you are not allowed in so you cannot fully appreciate it as a... More 

Thank Archaeobuff
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

When we visited Rome 2 years ago, one of the guides would walk down the perspective and show the great illusion Borromini made. They don't do that anymore so don't go here, it was the only reason it was worth a visit.

Thank MitchellKaas
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

You don't have to pay the entrance fee to the museum, which is small and uninteresting (in my opinion), to see the optical illusion by Borromini, which IS worth seeing.

Thank ClioChicago_Illinois
Adelaide, Australia
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379 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Palazzo Spada/ Palazzo Capodiferro houses Galleria Spada, four rooms of paintings dated 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Titian, Artemesia Gentileschi, Guercino, Sebastiano Conca and Niccolò Tornioli to name but a few. The rooms themselves have beautiful ceilings and some frescoes, they also contain numerous statues, busts and antique furniture. The paintings are the collection of... More 

2 Thank KTGP
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

When I lived in Rome decades ago, you used to be able to walk into the cortile of Palazzo Spada and wonder at how this could be. Then you would bribe the custodian to give you a closer look. Later, you would walk into the cortile and buy a ticket for the closer look. Still, it was absolutely one of... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This place isn't very big, but we liked the optical illusion and the rooms were interesting too. If you ask the staff, they'll let you in a room that's not constantly open. I thought it was nice to visit something a bit smaller, since all the huge places in Rome can be a bit overwhelming. A thunderstorm started maybe 5... More 

Thank Emmi T
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Spada Gallery is located near Trastevere and is house in only one part of a palace. The gallery is incredibly hard to find and even when you get to the palace you will be playing a game of guessing because you don't know what door is for the gallery. The architecture of the gallery is not too interesting and is... More 

Thank Patrick V
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Outside this remarkable building (which has a large police station occupying the building to the front) in a small courtyard garden planted with orange trees, is a Borromini 'folly' - a forced perspective comprising stone columns leading to a figure sculpture of only around 90 cms in height. Your brain, however, will believe it to be Much taller as the... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

The palace has very few visitors, even after the publicity that came with the Oscar-winning film La Grande Bellezza (a short scene is shot in the gallery with forced perspective optical illusion). So you have The courtyard (with The famous gallery created by Borromini) and The four rooms Of The palace almost for yourself. If you speak Italian, you can... More 

1 Thank Viridiana2012
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

Besides the Corridor illusion there is a nice gallery upstairs worth a visit. There are some fine paintings

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