The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces

© Fondazione Torlonia. Photo credits Lorenzo De Masi
04/04/2020 - 10/01/2021
Musei Capitolini,
New venue at Palazzo Caffarelli

From April 4th 2020 to January 10th 2021, ninety-six marbles from the Torlonia collection will be on view to the public at a major show in Rome

“The Torlonia Marbles-Collecting Masterpieces” will be held in the new exhibition venue of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli in Roma Capitale.

The event is the first step of the agreement signed the 15th of March 2016 between the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism and the Torlonia Foundation, and is a result of the institutional agreement subscribed by the Directorate General for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape and the Special Superintendency of Rome with the Torlonia Foundation itself.

The scientific project for enhancing the collection is entrusted to Salvatore Settis who is curating “The Torlonia Marbles-Collecting Masterpieces” with Carlo Gasparri, both archaeologists and academics of the Accademia dei Lincei. Electa, also publisher of the catalogue, organizes the exhibition. The Torlonia Foundation with the contribution of the maison Bvlgari has restored the sculptures selected.

This will be the opportunity to inaugurate the new prestigious exhibition venue in Roma Capitale of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli. The choice of the location was dictated by the intention to focus the show on the history of collecting. In this respect, the history of the Torlonia Museum at the Lungara (founded by Prince Alessandro Torlonia in 1875), with its 620 catalogued works of art, appears of outstanding importance.

This collection is the result of a long series of acquisitions and some significant shift of sculptures between the various residences of the family. We can even say that the Torlonia marbles constitute a collection of collections or rather a highly representative and privileged cross-section of the history of the collecting of antiquities in Rome from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The items on display are not only outstanding examples of ancient sculpture (busts, reliefs, statues, sarcophagi and decorative elements), but also a reflection of a cultural process – the beginnings of the collecting of antiquities and the crucially important transition from the collection to the Museum: a process where Rome and Italy have had an indisputable primacy. In this way the exhibition traces the formation of the Torlonia Collection, and the last of its five sections eloquently relates to the adjacent exedra of bronzes and the statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Musei Capitolini, bringing out the ties between the beginnings of private collecting of antiquities and the significance of the donation of the Lateran bronzes to the city of Rome by Sixtus IV in 1471.

The project to organize the exhibition of the Torlonia Collection in the renovated spaces of the new venue of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli, restored to life through the commitment and the project of the Superintendency for Monuments and Cultural Properties of Rome is by David Chipperfield Architects Milan.

The April 2020 event is the first stage of a traveling exhibition, for which agreements are in progress with major international museums and which will conclude withthe identification of permanent spaces for the opening of a new Torlonia Museum.


Musei Capitolini
, New venue at Palazzo Caffarelli
Opening hours

From April, 4th 2020 to January,10th 2021
Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30
24 and 31 December: 9.30 - 14.00
1 January: 14.00 - 20.00
Last admission 1 hour before closing time.
N.B For eventual openings/closures please visit the page dedicated to the announcements

Entrance ticket

Dal 4 aprile 2020 in occasione della mostra I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
Biglietto “solo mostra”
“solo mostra” intero € 13,00;
“solo mostra” ridotto € 11,00
“solo mostra” speciale scuola € 4,00 ad alunno (ingresso gratuito ad un docente accompagnatore ogni 10 alunni);
“solo mostra” speciale Famiglie € 22,00 (2 adulti più figli al di sotto dei 18 anni);
Si precisa che il percorso Mostra includerà anche la vista d’insieme della sala Esedra di Marco Aurelio.
Biglietto integrato Musei Capitolini + mostra I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
Integrato intero € 22,00    
Integrato ridotto € 20,00  
Per i cittadini residenti nel territorio di Roma Capitale (mediante esibizione di valido documento che attesti la residenza):
Integrato intero € 21,00  
Integrato ridotto € 19,00  
Biglietto cumulativo Musei Capitolini + mostra Il tempo di Caravaggio (spazio espositivo 3° piano di Palazzo Caffarelli) + mostra I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
Cumulativo intero € 24,00  
Cumulativo ridotto € 20,00  
Per i cittadini residenti nel territorio di Roma Capitale (mediante esibizione di valido documento che attesti la residenza):
Cumulativo intero € 23,00  
Cumulativo ridotto € 19,00   

- al di sotto dei 6 anni;
- portatori di handicap e accompagnatore;
- guide turistiche UE;
- interpreti turistici UE quando occorra la loro opera a fianco della guida, mediante esibizione di valida licenza rilasciata da competente autorità;
- membri ICOM;
- soci ICOMOS;
- membri di istituti di cultura straniera e nazionali quali Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di Roma e ICCROM.

- per cittadini EU tra i 6 e i 25 anni;
- over 65 anni;
- giornalisti;
- insegnanti;
- possessori “MIC card”.

Gratuito ai soli Musei Capitolini per i possessori della “MIC card”, i quali potranno, invece, accedere alla Mostra con l’acquisto del biglietto “solo Mostra” ridotto secondo la tariffazione sopra indicata.

Audioguida mostra:
italiano e inglese € 4,00

Visite guidate per gruppi e scuole* (tariffe biglietto escluso, prenotazione obbligatoria, max 30 persone) gruppi:
€ 90,00;
€ 108,00 con noleggio delle radioguide;
€ 70,00 scuole
* Le attività didattiche della Scuole di Roma Capitale e Città metropolitana sono gratuite fino ad esaurimento delle disponibilità, previa prenotazione e pagamento del biglietto di ingresso.


Tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm)

Salvatore Settis e Carlo Gasparri

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