Galleria Borghese

Rome, Italy

The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. At the outset, the gallery building is integrated with its gardens. The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605-1621). The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese himself.

Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio, who is well represented in the collection by his Boy with a Basket of Fruit, St Jerome Writing, Sick Bacchus and others. Other paintings of note include Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci.

Also in Villa Borghese gardens or nearby are the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, which specialises in 19th- and 20th-century Italian art, and Museo Nazionale Etrusco, a collection of pre-Roman objects, mostly Etruscan, excavated around Rome.

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Founded: 1903
Category: Museums in Italy

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Abe Snider (18 months ago)
Of all the museums and art galleries I’ve visited, this is hands down the absolute most stunning of them all. Plan ahead, book your visit and then prepare to see one of the finest collections of the most premier art that still exists today. Walking through the rooms on each floor of this grand residence will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of all my travels.
Jeff N (18 months ago)
What a beautiful gallery of the finest arts. This is a place I'd go back and see again. Take your time checking out the paintings and sculptures. I did purchase tickets online, it made getting through much quicker and you cannot bring large bags. You would have to check in those at the check-in station near the ticket line.
Mona Dmitruk (18 months ago)
Unique experience. The entrance is only allowed on precise hour and only booked in advance (almost impossible to buy tickets at the entrance), nevertheless worth it! Huge amount of Bellini's work, great gallery of paintings, all in unique Borghese Villa located in a park. Highly recommended.
Erturk DURMUS (18 months ago)
The most beautiful art gallery of the world. All superstars. You have to book weeks before and when you're there you have 2 hours for the visit. You have to choose and know and see at least the important pieces. So book a Rome tourist guide for the visit. Use the time efficiently.
Jamie Nielsen (18 months ago)
This was probably my favorite part of visiting Rome. I wouldn't even consider myself to be a big art person, but everything about this museum is incredible and the whole experience was enhanced by having an amazing tour guide. The timed tickets means the museum is never too crowded and the Bernini sculptures are simply breathtaking. Even if you think this might not be your thing, I encourage you to give it a chance.
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