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Reviewed 22 August 2019 via mobile

We visited Galleria Borghese while in Rome. I would say it is a must even when you spend only a few days in the city. The collection is breathtaking. We reserved a 9am entrance to the museum with a tour in English. Isotta Inzirillo was our guide. She took us on a highlights of the museum tour and spoke about major masterpieces in the collection. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the collection.
I would definitely recommend this tour and this museum. You should reserve a time slot ahead of time and I would strongly recommend taking a guided tour with an expert.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 22 August 2019 via mobile

My husband and I have a greater appreciation for architecture than sculpture or painting; so, the museum was not our favorite activity, but it was still a worthwhile visit. Outside of the building itself being interesting, what made it more digestible was that entrance is limited to only a few hundred people, so it wasn’t too crowded. The story of the Borghese family was also interesting. And, the audio guide (which you rent onsite versus reserving in advance) was also helpful in contextualizing the artwork.

Particularly in hot weather, it is important to know that there is no AC, so sweating through the museum is part of the experience. So, if you suffer museum fatigue easily, the heat and stuffiness will make it worse.

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank 744carolines
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Reviewed 21 August 2019

Our tour guide was Marco Rossi or Rosti. Very knowledgeable but when confronted with something he didn't know that a tourist did know, he said it was wrong. Just 1 example - the fantastic Bernini sculpture of the Rape of Proserpina (Persephone) by Pluto(Hades) in the Borghese collection; he gave a brief description of the Roman myth, to which I noted that it was originally the Greek myth & that the reason that Persephone had to stay with the Dead & Hades was that she'd eaten pomegranate seeds there. Marco said this was false but thanks to the web, back at the hotel I could see that I was correct and Marco wrong & unwilling to search.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 19 August 2019

Maybe the most interesting museum in Rome. The ticket is a bit pricey but it worths every cent. Both the building with the frescos on the ceiling and the masterpieces of Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Tiziano etc are magnificent. They are also very strict with accepting a specific number every 2 hours, but this makes the whole visit convenient and respectful both towards the visitor and the pieces of art. Nothing to do with the Vatican disgrace.

4 and not 5 stars because never and nowhere in my life have I met a museum cafe "selling" a plastic cup of water from the sink for 1 euro (they said they have no bottles for some reason). Bring your own bottle because it's really disgusting to be ripped of like that.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Panaiotis13
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Top museum to visit. A limit on numbers means it is never too crowded. A two hour time limit on the visit means more get the chance to visit even if u want to stay longer you can’t they clear the galleries between each 2 hour slot.

Entry was easy with little security but you cannot take anything in like cameras bags or water so leave it at home if you have to drop it off at the desk before going in.

There is no photographer allowed which is a shame as there is so much good sculpture and art but it does make for an easier visit without so much of people standing around taking endless pics or videos.

We had a guided tour through cityscapes booked via Viator which was outstanding

You get so much more from having an expert advising you on the visit even if u don’t get enough time to see everything.

So far our best visit in Rome but make sure you precook if you want to be sure to get in.

Date of experience: August 2019
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