If you’ve been following Museum Month(s Strike Back, Return of the Jedi With a Vengeance), you know that I’m a big fan of big, empty, museums. That I’ll eschew the blockbuster in favor of places that are what I call “pleasantly attended” (the Rodin Museum, Gemäldegalerie, and Brera all qualify) If you’re looking for that in Rome and you’re looking for something other than classical art the place to go is the Villa Giulia.
The Villa Giulia is the National Etruscan Museum in Rome and it’s full of great, weird stuff that I can’t really show you because they don’t really allow photos, but the grounds are lovely enough on their own to be worthy of a visit and I have plenty of photos of the outside. And you know what you don’t see in any of the photos of the grounds? Other people. Because there weren’t any. There were maybe five other people there the ENTIRE time I visited. Not five in the fancy room with the couple sarcophagus. Or five in the room with all the goofy phallic pottery, but five TOTAL. And it’s nuts because the Villa Giulia is GORGEOUS. It’s also only a two-minute tram ride from Piazza del Popolo, so it’s not like it’s hard to find or far away.
Poor Etruscans. No respect I tell you, No respect.