Galleria Borghese is one the most popular attractions in Rome and one of the finest private collections of art in the world. Villa Borghese Art Museum is located in what was at one time called the Villa Borghese Pinciana. The villa was designed by the architect, Flaminio Ponzio, for the Borghese Family, and specifically Cardinal Scipione Borghese who was nephew to Pope Paul V. The new construct served as a party villa for the cardinal and his family and their social circles. It also housed the significant collection of master art works that Scipione Borghese amassed starting in the seventeenth century. Nowadays, people have the luxury of taking private or guided tours of the Borghese Galleria Rome, where artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian are on display.
Certainly one of the best aspects of any trip to Rome is taking in all of the historical sights and ancient ruins and relics. The long history of Rome dates back millennia and many of the treasures that remain from the days of the Holy Roman Empire can still be found in places such as the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Cardina Scipione Borghese had collected master works, Roman sculptures and painting, and the Scipione Family had also been early patrons of the likes of Bernini and purchasers of works by the preeminent artists of the day. Among the ancient Roman art, awe-inspiring statuary, and legendary sculptures, there are such classic pieces as Boy With a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio and Deposition by Raphael. In a city with major attractions like the Vatican Museums and the National Museum of Rome, the Villa Borghese Art Museum still may rise above the rest in terms of the sheer number of absolutely incredible and classic works of art. It is hard to imagine that this is a private collection.
When you visit the Galleria Borghese, you can also expect to see some of the earliest and most impressive sculptures by Bernini. In addition to the widely recognized sculptures, there are three busts including that of Pope Paul V, uncle to the brilliant sculptor’s first patron. Two of the most famous Bernini sculptures in the Galleria Borghese are The Great Amalthea with the Infant Jupiter and A Faun and Apollo and Daphne. And if Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael, to name only a few, were not enough for you, you will also have the pleasure of seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s Leda and the Swan.
If you are planning a trip to Rome and are interested in taking one of the tours of the Borghese Galleria Rome, you will need to make advance reservations, as they only let a set amount of people in at a time. It is advisable to purchase your tickets online, but even in this event, you can still expect to wait in line to trade in your e-tickets for admission slips. There is no avoiding this. As one of the most popular attractions and certainly one of the most highly sought after art galleries in Rome, there is always somewhat of a wait at the Villa Borghese Art Museum. It is well worth the wait and fee for entrance as these are some of the most important art works of the past millennium. The museum is closed on Mondays and it is easy to get to the edge of Rome to the Galleria via public transport on train or bus. Be sure not to take time to stroll through the gorgeous and breathtaking Villa Borghese Gardens, a tourist attraction in and of themselves.
If you wish to stay close to the Villa Borghese and the nearby Spanish Steps, there are many Spanish Steps hotels and Central Rome hotels that will keep you in the vicinity.