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“Kind of Snobbish”
Review of Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery
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Ranked #13 of 1,514 things to do in Rome
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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.
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“Kind of Snobbish”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Maybe we were overdosed on world-class art having already spent 4 days in Rome and Vatican City, but our visit to the Galleria Borghese wasn't the five-star experience we anticipated. It certainly is a beautiful setting in the park, and with the gardens all around it, but the "regulated" visit experience was a turn off. You have to buy tickets in advance... You have to get in a queue (in the basement) to pick up the tickets... Then you have to wait, with a bunch of other people, for the exact entry time on your ticket to actully enter the museum... Once inside, you are on the clock, and have to be out by a pre-set time... The staff was marginally friendly... Older people in our group had trouble with all the stairs and no one on the staff paid them any attention...

Anyway, the art is certainly outstanding--though I can't draw up memories of any particular pieces approximately 60 days since we were there. Unless you do some manner of professional tour assist, consider taking the time to find the laminated collection description in each room to learn the basics of each piece. Be sure to find a version in a language you can read.

Feeling like we were suppossed to keep moving, we (and many others who entered with us) were actually out of the museum in a little over an hour. We just took off walking through the park heading back to Center Rome and never looked back...

Visited November 2013
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“Best museum in Rome”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

The only reason this recieved 4 stars instead of 5 was due to the 2 hour limit. Get your tickets in advance.

Visited June 2013
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“Original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery. Masterpieces from the ancient to the Renaissance period. The marble sculptures are magnificent.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is by far one of the best museums in Rome. It's small and manageable, but packed with great masterpieces like Bernini's Apollo and Daphne or the Rape of Proserpina. You get an up close and personal view of the works. During our visit, there were no crowds and we had much of the art to ourselves. The grounds around the gallery are great for an afternoon stroll. A great visit.

Visited December 2013
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“Art at it's finest”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Most beautiful marble sculptures I have ever seen, are at the Galleria Borghese. One word of caution, you must have a reservation to view the gallery. We wondered why a and discovered that even on a very slow day, the viewing rooms get crowded. This attraction is located in a beautiful park, be sure to allow time to wander around, maybe take a pedal car ride or stop for coffee at one of on the snack stands.

Visited December 2013
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