Chiostro del Bramante Rome

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Chiostro del Bramante – Peace in Rome’s centre

One of my favourite things about Rome is that while it’s full of fascinating old buildings, the majority of them aren’t considered a big deal. They’re just regular churches, apartments, shops that people use every day – which means even without paying for a ticket, you can see some amazing architecture and hidden Roman spaces. This is one of the reasons I love the Chiostro del Bramante, just round the corner from Piazza Navona. 

The space is most well-known as an art gallery, with different exhibitions on every couple of months. For those you need to buy a ticket, and at the weekends there’s often long queues to get one – but what most people don’t realise is that you can actually enter and explore the building free of charge. 

Just bypass the line and you’re in a cloister designed by Donato Bramante during the Renaissance. The courtyard is beautiful, and if you go up stairs to the side you can view the whole thing from a balcony that goes right the way around it. There’s even a coffee shop with free wifi, so you can perch on one of the marble seats surrounded the balcony and check your emails, or do a bit of work! A hidden place to get a bit of peace in the centre of Rome.

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Arco della Pace 5, Rome

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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:00




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