Part of the global initiative started in London - Open House Roma has become a tradition in Italy - one weekend per week (in May, check program www.openhouseroma.org) more than 170 private palaces, mansions, homes, libraries and other buildings open their doors to public. This is a rare opportunity to see places otherwise closed for public admission, especially for art and architecture lovers. All buildings offer free admission, although some of them request prior registration.
Casino dell Aurora Pallavicini (www.casinoaurorapallavicini.it, located just across from the presidential palace of the Quirinale) is a jewel of early 17th century Roman baroque. It was built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese over the ruins of the Baths of Constantine and holds an important collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes.
Risorgimento museum (www.risorgimento.it) exhibits more than 500 works of art, photographs,relics and arms telling about the unification of Italy from beginning of 19th century to the end of the Firt World War. Free entry every first Tuesday of a month.
Mario Praz House Museum (Via Zanardelli 1) displays over 1000 paintings, sculptures and neo-classical furnishings collected by Mario Praz during sixty years. Guided tours every hour. Free entry.
Vatican Museums offer free admission to public on the last Sunday of every month, from 9 am to 12.30 pm. Just be aware of long lines. Free entrance also on the 27th of September (World day of Tourism).
Each year there are few special days when state owned museums in Italy are open with free admission.
Receive your special birthday present from Italian Government - citizens from European Community ( EU ) can have free entrance in all state-owned Museums, National Galleries and Archeological Areas in Italy on their birthday. Just be sure to have your ID, Passport or simply a copy of it to show at the desk to get your gift - free ticket.