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Borghese Gallery, Rome

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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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  • The Villa Borghese Gallery had made me a lover of sculpture. The unquestionable heart of this exhibition is the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Villa itself is an impressive building located in a be...  more »
  • An interesting 2 hrs in a beautiful building with a fine collection of artwork and sculptures. Not as extensive as others we have seen, quite easily viewed within the alotted time of two hrs. Would re...  more »
  • We visited this Palace, on a "Personal Tour", conducted by a friendly, but extremely intense, Italian Guide - it was an interesting experience, causing us to all the more appreciate the degree to whic...  more »
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  • Absolutely wonderful art gallery. The collection here is amazing and well organized throughout. Price can be somewhat high for some, however I think it's well worth it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing the guided tour. Definitely need to book online well before the day you plan to visit, but after the tour, the rest of time is yours to peruse the gallery as you wish as long as its within the 2 hour window they allot. Free coat and bag check. Overall a fantastic experience! The park surrounding the gallery is a great stroll as well, especially if the weather permits.
  • Okay but not a must .. We bought our tickets online, you need to leave your bag at the cloakroom. Don't eat at the cafeteria, it's overpriced and service is really bad. Visit was nice but very short you need 45mins - 1H not more, pretty expensive for what it is! I'd recommend to go to the Vatican instead and take 1/2 a day to visit it all more impressive and way bigger for the same price.
  • One of my favorite places we visited between France and Italy. Much less crowded than the Vatican or the Louvre, still full of amazing art! Get there right when it opens at 9, pay the €5 for the audioguide, and you'll have a great time looking at the art for a few hours.
  • Loved visiting here. I was struck by the exquisite Bernini sculptures that you can see up close. Truly magnificent works in a gallery that is filled with tremendous art. And if you timie it right you get a beautiful walk through the park on a sunny day. Watch out for the pedal cars, I think the brakes are a little tricky.
  • The tour was fabulous mainly due to our guide, Shannon. She made the beautiful sculptures and paintings come alive with stories about each artist and piece. We loved the gallery and its history. We also enjoyed strolling through the gardens with Shannon and the others on the tour and taking pictures of the breathtaking view at the end. Great way to spend the afternoon in Rome. Again, cudos to Shannon!