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Galleria Borghese, Rome

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Galleria Borghese 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. Our Rome trip itinerary tool makes visiting Galleria Borghese and other Rome attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • An impressive collection of art under one roof. If you don't know a lot about art, it might be good to go with some sort of guide or audio guide--just to help sort out what is exceptional from what is...  more »
  • Not to be missed, tourists one the most beautiful places in Rome; shame about the gardens that are poorly treated.
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  • This museum will be one of the most beautiful tours of our stay as sumptuous. Most of the works (Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, the Correggio are masterpieces that he must have seen them in the same way as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.) We wander from room to room as at the time of the Borghese. Attention however, many book by phone several days in advance your tickets before your departure. Tip: call from a fixed phone and let it scroll the message little audible English, and wait several minutes until the operator to answer. I'm not especially fond of sculptures but I was blown away, among other things, by the "Apollo and Daphne" work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (the Bernini). During our visit, a temporary exhibition dedicated to Picasso was also proposed, but I must admit that it has been overshadowed by what I could see elsewhere. Practical information: no need to come with your camera, these are prohibited.
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  • Simply a 'must visit' for any art lover in Rome - full stop. The founder - Cardinal Scipione Borghese - had various qualities (the guides will explain), but an awesome eye for artistic talent - in particular, the younger Bernini. The 2-hour time limit is strictly enforced, but easily worth it - it just guarantees return visits in future. On your first visit, get the human-guided tour (with audio assistance - you'll see what I mean) - the guides are excellent and informative. A tip: make sure you know for which part of the Borghese Estate you are heading before you set off to the Galleria. It's all beautiful, but best explored at leisure rather than in a hurry!
  • My adult kids and I visited just after lunchtime - we had reserved a 1pm ticket. The gallery wasn't too crowded for us to enjoy the incredible artwork including amazing sculptures by Bernini and beautiful paintings by Caravaggio. We paid 17€ for our tickets, but didn't see an option for an audio guide. It would have been more enjoyable to have an explanation of what we were seeing, but we still had a fantastic time. Almost as enjoyable as the interior of the gallery was the exterior settings of the Villa Borghese Gardens. The park was incredibly large and reminded me almost of the scale of Central Park in NYC. We rented bikes to see most of the park and also enjoyed VyTA, a beautiful cafe on the grounds of the Gardens. I highly recommend the Galleria Borghese as a must-see in Rome!
  • Truly moving. Transcendental. I would even go as far as to argue it is perhaps more superb and awe-inspiring than the marvelous Sistine Chapel. Each room is an intricate labrynith of wood, paint, wonder and grace. When any single room is still and quiet and uninterrupted by the clash and raucous of a guided tour, it almost feels heavenly - like being a note in a Vivaldi symphony, like seeing Joan's visions for oneself. Go, and rejuvenate your soul.
  • It is a beautiful museum that has a vast amount of sculptures and paintings. Make sure to preorder a ticket because tickets go fast. It is a very popular place. Make sure to have a map because the grounds are huge and they feel like the go on forever. I would recommend visiting and it feels like it is a must do on any trip.
  • This gallery has quite a few very famous masterpieces! It was very interesting to see. If your going to bring kids, make sure they are interested before spending your money. A couple from the U.S. were there with their 3 children and only one showed any interest. The gallery is extremely glamorous, artwork from the floors right to the ceilings. The gallery takes about 2 hours with a guide but you are able to stroll through at your own pace with or without audioguides.
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