The Museo Chiaramonti is one of the Vatican Museums. It is located in the loggia, which links the Vatican Palace with the Belvedere Palace.
Admire The Art Works At Museu Chiaramonti
1. Braccio Nuovo Gallery
Built by Pius VII and inaugurated in 1822. It contains Roman statues and Roman copies of Greek original statues; mosaics are set on the floors. The most remarkable works are the following: a statue of Augustus found at Prima Porta (north of Rome); a Roman copy of the Doryphorus from an original by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos (440 B.C.); two splendid gilded bronze peacocks, that may come from Hadrian’s Mausoleum, copies of which are in the Courtyard of the “Pigna”; the statue of Nile, a Roman copy of a 1st century Hellenistic statue originally found in the Temple of Isis, near the Pantheon and showing the great Egyptian river with its tributaries. It is a must to visit this area during your Museo Chiaramonti tour.
2. Cortile Della Pigna
Also known as the Pinecone Courtyard, the Cortile della Pigna gets its name from the gigantic bronze pinecone that sits at one end of the square. The thing you'll find most interesting about the Pinecone Courtyard, however, is not the pinecone so much as the unusual gold sphere found opposite it known as Sfera con Sfera, or Sphere within a Sphere. Looking slightly out of place surrounded by its much older counterparts, Sfera con Sfera is actually just one piece of a series by Arnaldo Pomodoro found in many locations around the world. Representing the fragility and complexity of the world, you won’t want to miss this one on your Museo Chiaramonti tour.
3. The Octagonal Courtyard
Located in the Museo Pio-Clementino (withing walking distance from Museu Chiaramonti), the Octagonal Courtyard is a beautiful open-air space featuring several of the museum’s most famous sculptures. One of the favorites here is Laocoön, a sculpture dating all the way back to 40 BC depicting Laocoön and his sons being killed by sea serpents during the Trojan War, an event which ultimately led to the founding of Rome. Another, the Apollo Belvedere, is famous for representing what the Romans once considered to be the perfect male form. While not quite as notable as the others, the elegant statue of the River God, once part of a fountain dating back to the times of Emperor Hadrian, is also worth a look. The access to this courtyard is included with your Museo Chiaramonti tickets.
4. Sala Rotonda
Also located in the Museo Pio-Clementino is the Sala Rotonda, or Round Hall. Designed with the Pantheon in mind, the Sala Rotonda makes quite an impression from top to bottom. While certainly smaller in size, you won’t be able to miss the similarities in the ceiling of the Sala Rotunda and the Pantheon (e.g., the round oculus in the center and the square notches surrounding it), but there are differences, too, like the addition of the small rosettes that give the Sala Rotonda’s ceiling a much more delicate look. The floor in this room is made up of colorful ancient mosaics originally laid in the town of Otricoli back in the 3rd century. You won't regret paying for Museo Chiaramonti tickets to see this hall.
5. The Spiral Staircase
Another highlight of the Vatican Museums modeled after something else, the museum’s legendary spiral staircase is actually designed after another staircase inside the museum that is no longer open to the public, the Bramante Staircase. During your Museo Chiaramonti tour, take your time to see this staircase. You’ll find the newer spiral staircase, designed by Giuseppe Momo, near the main exit. This staircase, like the original, is a double spiral staircase made up of two staircases shaped like a double helix allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending. If you’re visiting the Vatican Museums on your own, you’ll likely exit this way, but if you’re part of a tour, you might have to make a side trip to check it out.
6. The Papal Apartments
So named because the popes once used this area as private residences, today the Papal Apartments are where you’ll find a large collection of rooms featuring some of the most famous frescoes in the Vatican Museums. The most well-known of these rooms are the Raphael Rooms, four separate rooms collectively known as Stanze di Raffaello and painted by Raphael and his school in the early 1500’s. The most famous piece here is the School of Athens, found in the Room of Segnatura.
How to Get Tickets?
The regular Museo Chiaramonti tickets are 17€ for adults and the reduced admissions are 8€ if you purchase them on-site. If you book the tickets online, there will be reservation fees. With the Rome City Pass the entry to the Museo Chiaramonti is free.
How To Get Around?
The only way to do Museo Chiaramonti tour is by walking. All the area is accessible on foot, this way you will be able to enjoy and admire its artworks in your own pace. There are some areas in and around the museum that are not accessible by wheelchairs.
What Should I Wear?
Entry to the Vatican Museums (including Museo Chiaramonti), the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Gardens is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts and hats are not allowed.