Supposedly the Centrale Montemartini museum in Rome only averages 5 visitors a day. I can’t vouch for the veracity of that statement (my dear companion supposedly got it from one of the guards? Who knows?) But I’m going to let the photos do the talking here because it is now officially my favorite museum in Rome.
Way better than the Vatican (which is just too much to be appealing). Better than the Galleria Borghese (or Palazzo Borghese for that matter), Better than the Villa Farnesina. Better than MAXXI and MACRO (of regular and Testaccio varieties). Better than the Palazzo Altemps and the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne. Better than the Capitoline Museums. Better than the exhibitions at the Scuderie. Are there major ones I’m forgetting? Doesn’t matter because Centrale Montemartini beats the pants off of all of them.
For those of you who don’t know, which is probably most of you because I only heard about it for the first time this summer and I lived in Rome for ages: it’s a former (early 20th century) power plant that has been turned into a museum housing antiquities (mostly sculpture) though they left the power equipment in place. 20 foot tall turbines and elaborate catwalks and god only know what else, but it’s there and it’s amazing and it’s a steampunk/classics nerd amalgamation for the ages.