All information about visiting the Galleria Borghese in Rome, a museum with one of the largest art collections in the world and the public park in Rome called “Villa Borghese”.
Infomuseum ‘Galleria Borghese’
|Address museum||Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5 Rome|
|Metro||Stop at Flaminio (line A) and then walk 1.5 kilometers through the park. A small train also runs through the park.|
The Borghese Gallery contains one of the largest private art collections in the world by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The museum collection with twenty rooms consists of antiques, sculptures and many paintings. This gallery contains some well-known works, particularly from the Renaissance, including the statues ‘Apollo and Daphne’ by Bernini and paintings by Caravaggio, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci and Sanzio Raphael.
Important: Would you like to visit the gallery? You definitely need to reserve online. Only 360 visitors are allowed in per two-hour time slot.
Infopark ‘Villa Borghese’
|metro||The Flaminio metro station (line A) is in front of the main entrance to the park in Piazza del Popolo. You can also enter the park from the Spagna metro station near the Spanish Steps.|
|opening hours||The public park is free to visit|
The park ‘Villa Borghese’
Around the Borghese Gallery on Pincio Hill is the former estate, which has been in the wealth of the Borghese family since 1580. Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned the vineyard to transform it into a park. Building the Villa Borghese Pinciana was completed in 1633. It also included the construction of other buildings including an aviary and orangery.
In the 19th century the park was completely renovated and converted to the English style with various ponds and fountains. Eventually the park was bought by the city of Rome in 1903 and converted into a public park. It is now the largest park in Rome and a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sights in Villa Borghese
In addition to the museum in Villa Borghese, the 80 hectares of the park offer countless other interesting sights. It has a number of villas, pavilions, fountains, and sculptures, as well as the following famous landmarks:
- Villa Giulia, the summer residence of Pope Julius III. from the 16th century. Now a museum of Etruscan art (before Roman times) More information Museo Nazionale Etrusco.
- Villa Medici, a 16th century mansion built by the Archduke of Tuscany and now home to the Accademia di Francia a Rome. Guided tours through the building are possible. Reservations and information.
- Bioparco, the over 100 years old zoo of Rome. The zoo was ahead of its time, with no small enclosures and bars, but plenty of green and space for the animals. More information Bioparco.
- Along Viale delle Belle Arti are a number of pavilions from the 1911 World’s Fair, including the Museum of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. This is the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (19th and 20th centuries), mainly by Italian artists, with a collection of over 5,000 paintings and sculptures spread over 75 rooms. More info.
- Tempio di EsculapioThis 18th century temple dedicated to the god of medicine is located in the park’s lake, where you can even rent small row boats
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