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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 best Museum of Rome! Not only by the impressive collection of Bernini but by it wonderful of your building and classrooms, are beautiful. Dan tells of what was that residence in his time. Also there are works of artists of first level, as Da Vinci and Rafael, among others, but dominate the sculptures and works of Bernini. On the outside it has beautiful gardens and orchards. Some of them are not in as good condition as the Museum. Located within the village (Park) that bears his name. The entry must reserve it online. You can receive it by postal mail or remove it with the code of purchase at the Museum. The time of admission is reserved. The audio guide is not included. You can not enter with bags but no place to leave them and photographs can not be removed. Not to be missed! Is a visit required
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  • This collection has many pieces which are good but not fabulous. The sculptures however make up for that.  more »
  • The collection of sculptures and paintings is decent. But the negative point is that no photography is permitted  more »
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  • Nightmare! There is so much to do in Rome. We suggest you give this one a pass. When you arrive (early, of course, and with your previously purchased tickets) you will be stripped of your purse. Yes, that's right. You cannot have your purse with you in the museum. For some reason, not explained, your purse offends the museum! (I am not talking about a backpack or suitcase. Just an ordinary lady's purse, not large.) Now, I have no pockets on my clothes. So the 'guard' rudely thrust a plastic bag at me. I put everything that was in my purse, in the plastic bag. And then checked my purse. So stupid. And, of course, the line up to check my purse was 15 minutes. Remember that your ticket only buys you 2 hours. And they do not care that following their useless and weird rules eats up 15 minutes of the time for which you paid. Annoying and ridiculous. Now you are on the clock. Race through the museum. There is no time for contemplation or reflection. This is a meat-grinder venue: get their money, get 'em in, get 'em out. There are papers in each room, explaining the items in that room. However, you do not have enough time to read the papers, review the items and comprehend. There simply isn't enough time. Run through, snap a few photos and get the hell out. Out of the galleries...so you can wait in line, again, the get your purse back! Really?!?! There are better things to do and see. Don't bother with this. Or if you must, be prepared for the nightmare.
  • Let me preface: This is the best gallery in Italy. The have several Bernini sculptures. However. While visiting I was accosted by an angry Italian woman. I had not done anything except walk around the gallery and then attempt to exit the building. I still have no idea why I was being grabbed at and screamed at. While this was happening a gallery employee stood behind this woman laughing. I consider that garbage service. Thankfully we had already seen everything we wished to see and won't return. Have fun!
  • I purchased Roma pass and tried to call in and make reservation on number +39 06 32810 at 10:17 local time (Rome) on 03 November 2016 but noone answered the line. I tried to reserve on the next day using local tourist provider at around 9:30 local time again no answer. According to schedule it should be open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm – Saturdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. As I could not reserve, I went to visit Galleria Borghese and make reservation. It was sold out until my departure date. So I asked if I can visit it with my girlfriend and explained the fact I could not reserve via phone. Unfortunately, the poor customer service and definitely non-tourist oriented service at Reception area at Galleria Borghese simply cut me off. Due to those circumstance it was physically not possible to make a reservation in a 6 days window. I received no support or any understanding from Galleria Borghese representatives at Reception. Very dissatisfied and will never even try to visit this place again. Total waste of time that could be well spent in other Rome attractions and museums.
  • Great museum!!! Quite small so you can see all of it in the limited 2 hours that you have (booking only in advance). The art collection in no less than amazing! The park around the museum is also very nice
  • Purchase your tickets online well before you arrive in Rome and plan for the most remarkable two hours of art to been seen in one collection. Arrive at least 1/2 hour before your scheduled entry time and check all your belongings. Indeed, two hours is just enough time to see the entire collection (most visitors will be exhausted by the end nonetheless) and while the rules may seem illogical to visitors, don't whine because you did not come prepared; all procedures are clearly delineated on the Borghese website.