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Review of Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese
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Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery Tickets
Ranked #5 of 1,972 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum in the beautiful setting of Villa Borghese in Rome preserves sculptures, reliefs and ancient mosaics, and paintings and sculptures from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The collection, made up initially by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early seventeenth century, preserves masterpieces of Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova.
Reviewed February 17, 2013

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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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We went to Rome in a "slow" season (mid-February) and were able to pre-book tickets to this museum online with short notice. We booked the opening time, 9 a.m., and it was well worth it. There is so much history and artwork in this beautiful, smaller museum—it was amazing. Even our teenage daughters enjoyed it (who usually roll their eyes at me when I make them go into yet another museum). The videoguides are worth the investment as well as the signage is pretty much all in Italian. Another perk about going at the opening time is there aren't very many people there; we kept hearing on the audioguide that "this room will be crowded but still look at ..." and we never had that problem. You're allowed two hours in the museum and you'll want to stay every minute.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is a new favorite museum for me - and whenever I return to Rome I will make the time to go again. You need to make a reservation and purchase your ticket in advance - at least a week in advance. We arrived by bus, and it was quite easy. It's a quick walk from the bus stop to the museum. (note - we did not see anyplace to eat when we got off the bus, so walked to the museum. The cafeteria in the museum was closed, so we picked up our tickets and then had time to walk through the park to find a cart where we bought sandwiches and sat on a bench enjoying the park. The people watching was top-notch!)
This museum is one of those perfect-sized museums. It's big enough to keep you fascinated, but small enough that it's not overwhelming. Get the audio tour and take your time. Tours are timed every couple of hours - so you all enter at once and have a couple of hours to enjoy. You may want to ditch the crowd and go counter-clockwise, or find a way to skip ahead and then backtrack.
I didn't know much about Italian art, but after this visit I'm just entranced. Don't miss this collection!
By the way - there is an elevator and a staircase - depending on your energy and ability. I think you probably have to take a few steps to get into the building. The gift shop is good - pick up a few postcards to remember the art you loved. You will need to check your bags, coat, etc. so make sure to allow time for that.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

This place is a must for all to visit while in Rome. Find out how most of the pieces collected have a connection back to the power of the church.

Thank Veito
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Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

This is an incredible collection of art, built up over 400 years by the wealthy Borghese family. The museum is quite small, but every exhibit is worth studying.

Highlights include six paintings by Caravaggio (I think this is the largest number in a museum anywhere in the world) and at least five of Bernini's greatest sculptures. His 'David' and 'Apollo and Daphne' are simply amazing. And don't forget the extensive art gallery upstairs, which includes works by Raphael, Rubens and Titian.

The only drawback to the place is the staff, who seem to hate tourists and go out of their way to make life difficult for visitors. Just grit your teeth and obey their petty rules, for the sake of the art.

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