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Top sights in Rome
The giant park of Villa Borghese has always been dear to the Roman people as the Borghese family opened their estate on Sundays and holidays. It is a green paradise overlooking the city, a respite from chaotic Rome, a truly authentic Italian experience.
At 148 acres, Villa Borghese is quite an expansive park. To see it all (in style) best rent yourself a bike! They cost around €4 for an hour, or €10 for the day.
There are 12 fountains throughout the park, some modern, some ancient. The sound of running water from a fountain was thought to be calming by the Romans.
The Borghese Gallery consists of 20 rooms across two floors. Some of the most magnificent pieces are 17th century sculptures created specifically for the spaces they occupy.
Situated on the lake is a 19th century temple devoted to the Greek god of health and healing. It was inspired by a similar temple in the Stourhead Gardens of Wiltshire, England.
Tickets for the museum are always sold out, so they must be purchased at least two weeks prior. Booking by telephone avoids a reservation fee that the online ticketing service charges.
Arrive early, because entry times to the museum are strictly followed. Expect the staff to keep you on your two hour time limit moving from room to room.
The main entrance to the park is at Piazzale Flaminio near Piazza del Popolo just North of central Rome. Take the metro to Spagna or Flaminio station.
- When should I visit?
- The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
- Is it expensive?
- 11 Euros
- Will I need a guide?
- Not necessary, but recommended!
- How to get there
- Take the metro to Spangna or Flaminio, or simply walk from the Spanish Steps.
- Additional information
- If you have kids, be sure to take them to the puppet theater near the entrance at Piazzo del Popolo!
What people are saying about Borghese Gardens
If you are the art lover then the Borghese Gallery is the must! You'll find lots of high end art, especially Bernini sculptures. This gallery is more on sculptures than paintings though you'll find 6 masterpieces by Caravaggio in one place!! There is no other place on the planet to get the same concentration of Caravaggios. And of course the one and the only genius - Raffael!! Of course you'll find other masters works too like Tizian (Sacred and Profane Love), Rubens etc. On the negative side - I don't understand why this gallery asks that high price for the entrance ticket compared with Barberini Gallery for example?! Barberini Gallery asks you 12eur and you can go with the same ticket and visit the wonderful Corsini Gallery too! And the way to enter the gallery is quite inconvenient - we had to wait in line under the 40 degrees sun heat to step into the building one by one like ducks! Though inside the building there is enough room to hold the group of people.
you start up on the top floor with a bunch of mainly renaissance paintings then you make your way down a floor. and it's almost all statues ranging from roman times to the 1700s. there are some spectacular statues, which made it all worth it. You are allowed to visit in 2 hour windows.
Excellent Italian Art by brilliant artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio et al. The sculptures by Bernini of The Rape of Persephone and Apollo and Daphne are exquisite. Raphael’s Deposition of Christ is probably the most valuable painting in the gallery and well worth seeing.
Everything was good. Very easy to book only, good help line service, I was late and called the number provided, which was Easy to find and to reach out to, the person with my ticket waited for me and contacted me as well via phone. Perfect organization!
Host waiting for us with our tickets to exchange for our voucher and explain where to go. Clear instructions from the guide. The venue bag drop off and pick up is chaotic though and needs serious reorganising!!