As I had work that day and half of my day was gone, I picked a tiny but intriguing spot, one of the four sites that constitute the Museo Nazionale Romano, dedicated to antiquity and its collectors, Palazzo Altemps, close to Navona Square.
An impressive collection of colossal busts and statues, usually retouched and restyled by the artists of the time.
After the tour of the ground floor it was the time to go up the stairs to check the first floor, where it was possible to check bits of the original frescoes-- Seriously, what's the problem of those guys of the 19th century, placing crap all over frescoes, forcing people to restore them roughly centuries later?!
Some of the greatest masterpieces of the collection can be found up here... Among them, the beautiful Ludovisi Ares, that conquered the heart of Winckelmann (and mine), and the Galatian Suicide, a Roman copy of the original Hellenistic masterpiece.
Another feature of the gallery is an interesting exhibition dedicated to Evan Gorga, an Italian tenor of the 19th century and an avid collector.
The ehiibition hall, that covers both floors of the palace, shows to the public a little part of his enormous collection. The area is set up as a storage filled with boxes... This is how his immense collection appeared once it was recovered after the WWI.
Long sory short, a lovely visit.
I'm a bit saddened to know that the Museo Nazionale Romano has so little visits, despite its incredible heritage.
Even if it's a lot of stuff to see, I encourage you to visit it whenever you happen in Rome: it's composed of 4 museums, and the ticket costs just 7 euros, and it lasts three full days, so it's also extremely convenient!