The Best Museums in Rome: Villa Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery is one of the finest museums in Rome, a marvelous place well-known among art lovers from all over the world. It is a private collection that belongs to an ancient family, which is flourishing till today. The history of both the family and the gallery have so many twists and turns that, without doubt, they are worth to be learnt about. 

What masterpieces can you see here? The collection contains the most precious pieces of art of such masters as Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael,Titian, and Rubens. These names and their works are the paramount masterpieces of fine art and the real treasure of the Christian and world cultures. Many people admire this gallery and consider it the most important art spot of the Western civilization.

Interestingly enough, you can find a corner with the Borghese Gallery name at one of the exhibitions in the Louvre museum in Paris. When Napoleon conquered Rome, he took some works of art with him from the collection. After that event, Borghese family replenished their gallery with even more exquisite masterpieces and decided not to demand the “old” works back. Today, the Borghese Gallery is considered to be fully complete and intact.

It's worth to mention also that the Borghese Gallery (in Italian - Galleria Borghese) is surrounded by a very beautiful and spacious park and has wonderful gardens in the vicinity. They are called Villa Borghese gardens.The park is full of numerous entertainments for every age and it is a wonderful spot for families with children. This is the place where you can spend all day, ride horses and Segways, eat ice cream, enjoy gardens and more.

Some tips we can give you

In order to visit the Borghese Gallery you will need to make a reservation in advance. Your visit will be scheduled to a specific time. There is no other way to get inside. But on the bright side, unlike other museums in Rome, there is no waiting line here either! 

Working hours of the Gallery: from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 – 19:30. 

You will have only two hours for visiting the Gallery (and it is not much), so we recommend using professional services of a guide.

Be sure to come at least 30 minutes before the start so that there is time to exchange your reservation for tickets and put your bags into the storage room. 

And don’t miss the ceiling! You can’t find such a beauty in the whole world. The technique of voluminous painting is really mesmerizing.

What is the best time to visit museums in Rome?

The season doesn't really matter if you want to enjoy the beauty of art collections. Just keep in mind that the Villa Borghese park and gardens are most pleasant from April till October. 

 

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