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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