Similar to my visit to the Capitoline Museums, I got in the Palazzo Altemps for free because I had a letter saying I was an art student at a university in Rome. If you study art, architecture, or cultural heritage in Italy, make sure to ask your university to issue a study letter and bring the letter and your student card with you to Italian museums. Most of the times you can get in the museums without paying anything or at a discounted price.
My first impression of the Palazzo Altemps was that it was extremely quiet. There were only a few visitors. That allowed me to examine artworks without being distracted so I really enjoyed my visit. The artworks exhibited at the 15th-century palazzo are Greek and Roman sculptures as well as Renaissance frescoes. It is truly a blend of times, and most importantly, a quiet place for art mediation. One of my favorite parts of the museum is the highly decorated loggia on the second floor. The museum also has a designated area for temporary exhibitions on history and cultures.
General museum tip: On the first Sunday of each month, state museums and archaeological sites offer free entries for everyone. Some of the most important ones are Colosseum and Roman Forum/Palatine, Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano), The Borghese Gallery (booking required), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica-Palazzo Barberini, and Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna. A full list of the participating museums can be found on this website.
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