We get a lot of calls and emails from travelers asking to see something a little “different” during their time in Rome. For those with an interest in art (or even a vague appreciation of beauty) we always recommend the Borghese Gallery. Located in the stunning Borghese Gardens, the Villa Borghese Gallery is home to one of Rome’s most impressive but lesser-known art collections. With works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova and Raphael, it should be packed to the rafters every day – yet for some reason, it’s one of the most peaceful galleries we have ever visited anywhere. And we get around. Too often, visitors leave it until their second or third Rome trip to make it to the Borghese Gallery. That stops now.
Next week, March 31 to April 6, is Borghese Week here at Walks. We’ll spend a whole week convincing you to visit the Borghese Gallery by sharing photos, videos and our favorite Borghese stories. Then at the end of the week, we’ll give you the means to see it for yourself – if you choose. Interact with us on Facebook or Google+ and you’ll be in with a chance to win one of four €50 credit vouchers for our tours. We hope we’ll have convinced you to spend it on the Borghese but we’ll leave that up to you. Here’s a taster of what’s to come, our top 5 reasons to visit Galleria Borghese:
- Caravaggio’s face. Caravaggio once killed a man. Did you know that? You can see what his face looked like after he did it in his self-portrait in ‘David and Goliath’. The art of the Borghese reveals some of our favorite Renaissance tales – and we’d love to help you discover them!
- A sense of history. The Borghese Gallery is located in the 17th century Villa Borghese, once home to the Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It’s a stunning location with the added bonus that many of the works contained within were created for this exact space – a rarity in modern art galleries.
- It’s oh so quiet. With compulsory pre-reserved tickets, the Borghese Gallery limits the number of people allowed inside at any time, so even during the height of high season, it’s never as crowded as other museums. But it can be a pain to get tickets (so book our Borghese Tour!)
- Location, location, location. Situated in the Borghese Gardens, Rome’s biggest and most beautiful public park, the Borghese Gallery makes for an incredibly peaceful visit. We highly recommend taking a walk in the gardens after your visit, with a stop at the Pincio Terrace overlooking Piazza del Popolo.
- Variety – the spice of life. Alongside its Renaissance masterpieces which vary from sculpture to paintings, the Borghese is home to a great collection of Ancient Roman and Greek art and mosaics, making for a diverse and fascinating visit.
For more information on our Villa Borghese Gallery Tour, check out the tour page.