Borghese Gallery, Rome
Categories: Art Museums, Museums
Borghese Gallery is housed in a villa once used for elegant private parties. The art gallery contains a substantial part of a collection of paintings and sculptures amassed by Scipione Borghese, a 17th-century cardinal and art patron. Borghese was an early benefactor of artists Caravaggio and Bernini. You can explore 20 rooms across two floors. The main floor is mostly devoted to the period between the first and the third centuries, featuring mosaics of gladiators and several sculptures. In other sections of the gallery, you can see works by such artists as Canova, Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Rubens, and Veronese. An advance ticket, which you can book on the gallery's website, is required. Put Borghese Gallery on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rome vacation trip planner.
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We did this tour on a very hot day in Rome. We did buy our tickets ahead of time from the museums website in order to skip the line and were very glad we did. The day we want it was sold out to the ge... read more »
Don't worry about the skipping the line punters...just book your date and time and show up! You have a code that means your booking is secure...they limit the numbers of folk in the gallery so there i... read more »
This must be a part of your trip.Marble sculpture pieces are amaizing. The park around is great for a fresh air walk at any season of the year.
Beautiful villa, museum and gardens in the park. The exterior is grand and with walking around to view the English style gardens where native plants and fruit trees are grown. Inside is a stunning and ornate museum that is very much worth the visit. You need to book in advance as there are limited hours and minimal tours available each day.
The fresco's on the ceilings are amazing. The Borghese's had a real eye for art and spent a lot of time and money getting the Villa just right. The gallery must be pre-booked and you get a 2 hour time slot to see everything. There's free Wi-Fi and the cafe is reasonably priced. Well worth the visit. It's on the north east side of the city and the Piazza Del Popolo is a short walk away.
You need to book a time slot in advance. That is very important. Also, you don't walk into the entrance on top with a print out of your reservation. You go into the basement and there you exchange your printout for a ticket and the cloak room for bags is also in the basement. You also get your audio guide in the basement. (They will keep your id as security) After all that is sorted to you head upstairs and marvel at all those sculptures and painting. A must visit for anyone interested in art and the renaissance.
The sculpture collection is absolutely astonishing, with some of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most striking work. And the Villa itself is absolutely gorgeous and worth a walk. We spent several hours there even though it was raining. Amazing experience, well worth the cost of admission and highly recommended.
There are two floors: the lower floor is mostly sculpture plus Caravaggio paintings; the upper floor is mostly paintings. Both are outstanding - the lower one especially so. But timed tickets (which you must book in advance) limit you to a 1h:55m visit, which isn't quite enough to see and absorb everything. The audio guide is so-so: it tends to have long descriptions about an entire room, so although it's interesting, it's not terribly helpful while you are there. (It also lasts ~90 minutes, which doesn't give you much time for looking around). But the collection is stunning, and so is the environment.
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