Bramante Cloister History & Opening Hours

Located in Via Arco della Pace, close to the beautiful Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, Bramante Cloister, known in Italian as Chiostro del Bramante, is an extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture.

The cloister bears the name of its architect, the famous Donato Bramante, also known in Rome for the Little Temple of San Pietro in Montorio, the Belvedere Courtyard and the Bramante Staircase both in in the Vatican Museums, and finally St. Peter’s Church. This oasis in the heart historical center, is the perfect shelter from the hustle and bustle of the city.

After moving from Milan to Rome, Bramante became Pope Julius II’s favorite architect, heating up the rivalry with Michelangelo.
Bramante Cloister is also part of a larger complex, that include the nearby church of Santa Maria della Pace with Raphael’s famous Sibyls. The cloister was actually the Bramante’s first commission Bramante in Rome. It was completed and added to the church in 1504.

The architecture typical of the Renaissance drew inspiration from classicism, mixing the elements of classical Greek temples with the Renaissance splendor. Trivial decorations are abandoned, while the focus moves to structural elements. The elegant cloister features a classical space of porticoes with arches. At the ground level Ionic columns support the vaulted ceilings.
The charming building is now used for art exhibits, concerts and meetings, but once served as the internal tranquil cloister for the adjacent church.

Other than housing beautiful exhibits and masterpieces, Bramante Cloister is the perfect stop for a nice coffee, cappuccino with pastries or for a light lunch. Entrance to the Caffè is free and there’s also free wi-fi. From the reading room there’s a window overlooking the church and you can clearly spot Raphael’s frescoes.


Attraction Overview

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday from 10.0 am -to 8.00 pm / Saturday and Sunday from 10.0 am -to 9.00 pm
Best Time To Visit: 10.00am, 6.00pm, 7.00 pm
Tickets: Needed only for the Exhibits. Entrance to the Cloister and the Cafè is free
Accessibility: Accessible
Kid-friendly Attraction

How to Visit


– Add this site to your travel list. Check in advance current visit at the official website available in english


Springtime and Summertime: 10.00am, 6.00pm or 7.00pm;
Fall and Wintertime: from 10.30am, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm;


Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat


The Cloister of Bramante is open every day:
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sundat 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
The ticket office for the exhibitions closes one hour before
The Cafeteria Bistrot, the Bookshop and the Cloister have free entry independently of exhibitions


Entrance to the Coffee Bistrot and the Cloister is free!
Tickets are needed just for the exhibits.

For current exhibitions check the official website of Chiostro del Bramante


Wheelchair Accessibility Service:

Call Center:
+39 06 68809035
Monday to Friday: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm

How to Reach


Bus Lines (Stop “Senato”):


Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Bramante Cloister

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