Palazzo delle Esposizioni

"Palazzo delle Esposizioni" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Saturday 30th April 2011

La sala Cinema at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, rome

It was built by the project of P.Piacentini in 1878-1882 and opened in 1883. As an important exhibition center, due to a danger of collapse in 1986, it has been radically restored, and a new system of illumination has been installed. The palace was reopened to public in 1990.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is the largest multidisciplinary exhibition center in Rome’s downtown area: covering over 10,000 m2 on three floors, it hosts cultural events and provides a wide range of services and facilities for visitors. Alongside its impressive exhibition halls, the Palazzo also hosts a Cinema seating 139, an Auditorium or multimedia hall seating 90, and a Forum or multifunctional hall, as well as a 290 m2 cafeteria, a 400 m2 restaurant, and a 470 m2 book shop.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
After a job involving the restoration and functional redesign of its halls that lasted fully five years, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni has allowed Rome to join other leading European cities in offering an area totally given over to the world of culture and of ideas, a venue capable of offering visitors extremely an high-quality program, upto the minute technological standards, and a visitor policy based on the offer of a modern welcome. In a few months, it has become one of the city’s most up-to-date cultural centers, working in ongoing and highly beneficial osmosis with many of the world’s leading cultural institutions.

The reopening of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni has allowed the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo to confirm and to boost its leading role in Italy as an integrated service provider. In each one of its branches it offers the public a rich, daily program of high-level multilingual entertainment from fine art exhibitions to movie programs, from theater productions to photographic exhibitions, from music to the presentation of new books, and from educational activi- ties to workshops and seminars.

With the reopening of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo confirms and strengthens its primary role in Italy as an organization offering integrated services: from art exhibitions to film festivals, from theatre to photography, and from music to presentations of books and events.
night view of Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Städel Museum at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

The Palazzo’s exhibition space is divided up into three different and completely independent areas on two different levels. The walls are lined with neutral panels that can be adapted to suit any kind of exhibition. The lighting has been designed by architect Michele De Lucchi on the basis of a complex system of motorized suspended platforms on which the various sources of light for illuminating both the art works and the halls themselves are mounted. These hi-tech installations give the Palazzo a genuinely flexible approach to lighting that also allows it to use, and to dose, sources of natural light, or to use light to alter visitors’perception of its monumentality, whenever necessary.

The already vast original collection has since been constantly added to with further acquisitions, both of old masters and of the so-called “mobile present” pieces of contemporary art bought over the years. In 1878 the collection was moved from its original location in Städel’s former home in the old town centre of Frankfurt to a grandiose new building on the opposite bank of the Main, where it is still housed today and which is currently undergoing an ambitions programme of restoration and enlargement. The Städel Museum now comprises over 100,000 works that cover Europe’s entire artistic evolution from the Renaissance to the present day.

The exhibition presents, for the first time in Italy, a selection of works from the collection of the internationally renowned museum of Frankfurt, founded in 1815 through a bequest by merchant and banker Johann Friedrich Städel (1728-1816) and among Europe’s richest and most prized collections of ancient and modern art, besides being a unique foundation for the time in which it was instituted.

In line with the ‘modernist’ vocation adopted by the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the selection focuses on the museum’s 19th and 20th century art, offering an overview of this period in European art history that spans from the Nazarenes to the Romantics, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and the early 20th century Avant-garde movements. The show is articulated in seven stylistic and chronological sections, each housed in one of the seven galleries that surround the monumental Rotonda of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Among the many highlights of the exhibition, there are works by Tischbein, Koch, Corot, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Böcklin, Feuerbach and right up to Moreau, Redon, Hodler, Munch, Beckmann, Ernst, Klee, Picasso.

La sala Cinema

With a seating capacity of 139 and an independent entrance, the Cinema has become one of the Palazzo’s cultural trademarks, one of its liveliest and most popular venues, all in the space of a few months. The Cinema’s “standalone” location within the building means that it can be used independently of other activities taking place in the Palazzo.

Address and other essential Info:
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Via Nazionale, 194
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Subway: metro A (alight at Repubblica), metro B (alight at Cavour)
Bus: 64 - 70 - 71 - 116T - 117 - 640 - H (alight at Nazionale/Palazzo Esposizioni)

You may enter the Palazzo delle Esposizioni by the following entrance:

First Entrance: Via Nazionale, 194
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Second Entrance: Via Piacenza, snc
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Third Entrance: Via Milano, 13
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Fourth Entrance: Via Milano, 9A
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Palazzo delle Esposizioni is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "88"


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm., Friday and Saturday: 10.00 am - 10.30 pm., Sunday: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.,
Closed on Monday. PLEASE NOTE: April 24 (Sunday) and 25 (Monday), for Easter holidays, the museum is open from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. Last admission one hour before closing time.
Exhibition opening times:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Friday and Saturday: from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday: closed - Visitors may enter the exhibition hall up till one hour before closing. Disabled access to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is via a special entrance at Via Milano 13. Wheelchairs are avai- lable on demand
Address: via Milano 15/17
Tel: Cafè (+39) 06 48941320
Bookshop (+39) 06 48913361
Email: or
The Bookàbar Cafè and Bookshop’s opening hours are the same as those of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni There is disabled access to both the Bookàbar Cafeteria and Bookshop.
Address: stairway of Via Milano 9A
Information and booking: Tel. (+39) 06 47822641 or
Hours: open every day from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight - closed on Monday
Disabled access to the Open Colonna Restaurant is via a special entrance on Via Piacenza snc.
Full: €12.50, Reduced: €10.00, School: €4.00, First Wednesday of the month: free admission for people under 30 years of age from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Buy ticket online for Palazzo delle Esposizioni:
Tel. 06/48.23.338;
Call center: tel. 06 39967500, 06 39967200
Information: tel. 06 489411
Fax: 06/48323.238

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