- Validity: 1 day
- Priority access
- Photos without flash
What to expect
- Use the reserved access to the Spada Palace and avoid long queues
- Admire works by Guido Reni and Guercino, as well as Caravaggio's style works
- Discover an old well-preserved gallery of paintings
- Once entered, spend inside the Palace all the time you want
The rich collection of the Cardinal Spada
The Palace was built in 1540 but the current aspect is mostly due to the 17th-century Baroque style interventions made by Francesco Borromini for the will of the new owner, the Cardinal Bernardino Spada.
In this sumptuous location, in 1927 the Spada Gallery was opened to the public for the first time, and it illustrates in four halls the cardinal's collection with paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
In the first room there are two beautiful portraits of Cardinal Bernardino Spada made respectively by Guido Reni and Guercino, where we can notice the different aspect that the two artists gave to the illustrious figure; we also find the Portrait of Cardinal Fabrizio Spada by Sebastiano Ceccarini, two still lifes by Onofrio Loth, four views of Hendrik Van Lint and four Battles by Jacques Courtois.
In the second room created on the project of Bernini stands the Way to the Calvary by Marco Palmezzano, the Portrait of a botanist by Bartolomeo Passerotti, the Portrait of a violinist by Tiziano, the Visitation by Andrea del Sarto and many others.
Also the third room was designed by Bernini and its decoration is due to Michelangelo Ricciolini, while among the works housed here there are the Landscape with the boar's hunting by Nicolò dell'Abate, the Landscape with windmills by Jan Brughel the Elder and The Death of Didone by Guercino, just to name a few...
The last room is a tribute to the cardinal's love for the Caravaggio's style painting and therefore we find works like David with the head of Goliath by Orazio Gentileschi, the Virgin who nurses the Child and Saint Cecilia by Artemisia Gentileschi, the Masaniello rebellion by Michelangelo Cerquozzi, eight canvases of the Dutchman Pieter Van Laer called Bamboccio, two by Mattia Preti and many other famous names personally known or not by the Cardinal, thanks to which we can still admire this splendid example of ancient gallery where paintings blend perfectly with the environment and furnishings.
What is included
- Entrance with priority access
- Full-time entrance and you stay how long you want
- Reservation fees
- Access to temporary exhibitions
What is not included
- Guided tour
The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the guided booking on this website.
- EU and not EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :
- EU and not EU citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Temporary and permanent teachers of Italian public and private schools equipped with the appropriate documentation issued by MIUR
- Any handicapped person accompanied by the certificate of disability and the escort
The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Palace starting from entrance time.
The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Palace.
For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 1 hour and half to visit the Palace.
The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.
We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.
The Palace has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Palace or Italy Tickets.