Discover one of the world's most beautiful museums and the masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael

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  • Duration : Approximately 2 hour
  • When : Everyday at 8.45 am

The villa was built by the Borghese family, whose importance in the Roman aristocracy grew when Camillo Borghese was elected Pope in 1605 under the name of Paolo V. Starting from March 1613, works of the important collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, were transferred to the villa on the Pincio.

Scipione Borghese was a passionate collector, who stopped at nothing (including extortion and theft) while acquiring new works

During the seventeenth century, he formed one of the largest collections of Italian art.

For each artist he tried to acquire different works, representative of the different evolutions of his style.

Now Galleria Borghese is considered one of the most important museums in the world, for its precious collection of masterpieces. Between them you can see Canova's sculpture "Venus", the portrait of Paolina Bonaparte, to celebrate her wedding with Camillo Borghese, Bernini's mythological "Apollo and Daphne", Caravaggio self portrait as Baccus, the god of wine, Raphael's "Lady with unicorn" and many others.

The villa is surrounded by a beautiful and large park, considered the green heart of Rome. At the exit of the museum you can relax walking through its avenues, to discover its wonders, such as the water clock: the flow of water moves the pendulum and charges the ringtone.

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Sites Visited

    • Borghese Gallery,
    • former residence of Borghese family
    • Boy with a basket fruit, painting of Baroque master Caravaggio
    • The Deposition, oil painting of Renaissance painter Raphael
    • The Rape of Proserpina, marble sculpture by a young Bernini, depicting Proserpina in the moment when she is taken by god Pluto
    • Bernini’s sculpture of David - about to throw the stone that will bring down Goliath
    • Portrait of Paulina Bonaparte by Antonio Canova, depicted as Venus
    • Sacred and profane Love by Titian
    • The Borghese Hermaphroditus, partly derived from portrayal of Venus and Dionysus¬†

Tips & recommendations

  • In hot days of Summer wear a hat and comfortable shoes. Do not forget also to bring camera to take pictures of the great sites you will see

  • Shoulders and kness should be covered when entering churches

  • Bring a bottle of water with you that you can refill from the beautiful and fresh fountains of Rome with great drinkable water

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