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“Magnificent Sculptures in an Intimate Setting”
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Borghese Gallery
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Ranked #12 of 1,774 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 27 July 2011

Galleria Borghese is right up there with must-see attractions like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. A bus takes you directly to and from Villa Borghese, the setting of the museum, from the Roma Termini train station. Don't be turned off by the requirement of advance reservations. Since we were getting the Roma Pass for our 3-day visit, I had to call the ticket office (closed on the weekends) instead of making reservations online. We received a confirmation number to submit upon entry and it was very easy. Galleria Borghese has many restrictions – reservations, check backpacks, no cameras, two-hour time slot – but all of this adds up to a relaxing, uncrowded museum experience. It was so much nicer than the hot, stuffy, extremely crowded and claustrophobic experience at the Vatican Museum. The smaller scale of the building (basically a mansion) makes it easy on the kids, too. The museum houses some amazing artwork but the sculptures are the real draw. Bernini's "David" is much more interesting than Michelangelo's, no offense. The teardrop on the girl's face in the sculpture "Pluto and Proserpina" is absolutely surreal. After enjoying the art, go out to the park and explore beautiful Villa Borghese. Highly, highly recommended!

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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I booked my ticket via Select Italy cost me 33.99 USD, a little bit expensive than direct booking but totally worth it. Ah! I could stay and stare at Apollo and Daphne for eternity! Two hours is definitely not enough. I suggest you first look for the most famous sculptures and paintings for they are really worth seeing then you can marvel on the less famous ones with your extra time. It would be a pity not to see all of them.

Be sure to come ahead of time for you still need to deposit your things at their counter and if you want to have an audio guide which for me, the best thing ever , you need to deposit some money for that as well. I forgot how much exactly ( maybe 10 euros, not sure) but you can get it back as soon as you return the headset. BTW, if you have an overactive bladder, better visit the restrooms before the tour..enjoy!

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Reviewed 26 July 2011

This is a Must-do when in Rome. Advance reservations need to be made, which is very easy to do before your visit, or through your hotel when you arrive in Italy, or in Rome. The advance reservations are great, since it makes wandering the museum leisurely, without pushing, shoving. No overcrowding here! Arrive early for some lovely wine,and/or a snack while awaiting entrance into this jewel. The artwork is breathtaking, the grounds, beautiful. We were a group of four adults, and we all had a wonderful evening here. I hope you all reading this have a delightful time.

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Reviewed 25 July 2011

I have been blessed with the opportunity of visiting some of the best museums in Europe: Louvre, Vatican Museum, D'Orsay... the Borgese Gallery is without a doubt the most beautiful. The best feature is that several of the sculptures are in their original setting, the sculptures were designed for the rooms in which you find them. Tickets must be purchased in advance, my hotel concierge took care of the arrangements for me. All belongings must be checked upon entry, purses, jackets, backpacks, cameras, I rented the audio guide and it is well worth it. Entry times are every two hours, and you are able to visit the gallery as you please. The gallery features Bernini at his best, you can see the sculptures up close, take in every detail, my favorite sculpture is "Apollo and Daphne", exquisite. Bernini's "David" is amazingly expressive and "Rape of Proserpine" is the most powerful of them all... it is mind-blowing to see what Bernini could do with marble. Take your time, the gallery will not disappoint. Once you are done, be sure to roam about the Borghese Gardens. The walk is calming before heading back into the awesome insanity that is Rome.

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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Frustrating to many a traveller are the critics, who when you get home tell you about the wonderful places you did not visit, the one they never mention is the Galleria Borghese. Rome is a complex city and I doubt that any tourist could visit everything of interest in a short period. However there were a couple of places that are a must to visit. One of these is the Galleria Borghese. It is at one end of the Borghese Gardens which are immediately behind the Church at the top of the Spanish Steps (Piazza Spagna) A short walk through the gardens will bring you to the Borghese. Check that it is open before you go and note that there are two entrance times per day. This gallery holds a candle to other great galleries such as the Louvre, The Prado and the Vatican Museum. Prominent among the various works of art, sculptures and frescoes is a remarkable and large collection of the work of Bernini. It is said that Rome belongs to Bernini. The Borghese collection bears tis out.

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