The Galleria Borghese accommodates one of the most precious private art collections in the world. It is located in the most famous park in Rome, the Villa Borghese.
On behalf of the cardinal, the young Bernini was asked to build a mythological group of sculptures. These sculptures are nowadays a crowd puller in the gallery as they used to be then. Especially the figures of Apollo and Daphne, whose movements seem to have been frozen, still seem to fascinate the visitors.
Further highlights of the art collection are the masterpieces by Caravaggio, Tizian's painting “Sacred and Profane Love” as well the marble sculpture by Paolina Borghese. The latter shows Napoleon's favourite sister half naked and lying on a chaise longue.
The collection is exhibited on two floors distributed in 20 decorated halls. While the sculptures are mainly exhibited on the first floor, one can admire paintings mostly on the second floor.
The park contains a huge animal park, the Bioparco, an Elizabethan theatre as well a riding arena.
The art lover cardinal Scipione Borghese had it built in 1605. The garden and the museum have not failed to impress its visitors up to this very day. The construction of the building did not follow a didactic principle for setting up a specific order of the artworks' exhibition. Only Borghese's opinion and taste were crucial when it came to organising the exhibition.
- The day pass at Art Museum Galleria Borghese is €13 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in Lazio.
How to get there
Hop on line A and get off at the station Flaminio or Spagna.
Take line 116. This bus operates within the Villa Borghese.
Other lines, for example, 88, 95, 490, and 495 will pass the Villa Borghese.
Use the lines 19, 3, and 2 to get here.