I think it is absolutely impossible to dislike Galleria Borghese, the art gallery housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana.
First take a stroll through Borghese gardens if the weather is permitted. We were there at the beginning of January, and the weather was absolutely delightful (nice and warm).
It is advisable to hire an audio guide if you did not book a guided tour, otherwise you'll miss it.
The Galleria contains an amazing collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. He was also an early patron of Bernini and collector of works by Caravaggio. That's why, Bernini is so well represented by his famous sculptures like Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpina etc. My daughter absolutely fell in love with his creations - they are so flawless, airy as if they are alive. We were impressed by Bernini's sculptures most of all.
Also we really enjoyed paintings by Caravaggio (his Boy with a Basket of Fruit), Titian, Raphael and Rubens.
Without doubt, we consider the sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte (sister of Napoleon Bonaparte) to be a pearl of this beautiful collection.
There are twenty rooms across two floors, you need to book your visit in advance on-line or by phone, otherwise you will be turned off. No reservation - no entrance, tickets are always sold out. Also you can book the certain time of the day to visit, so plan in advance and enjoy.
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