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All you can do is say WOW! -A visit to Galleria Borghese, Rome

By Amirthavarshini - May 12, 2020
Galleria Borghese interior

Life is too short for non-wow destinations! Here’s Pickyourtrail taking you to the Roman grandeur, Galleria Borghese. It is meticulously built using shiny white marble decorated with bronze florals. Get ready to fall in love all over again looking at the statues and paintings that speak volumes without uttering a word. The museum has the best collection of art in the world. The place is known for their sculptures, paintings, and architecture crafted by ancient Romans who practiced perfection as a habit!

💡 History of Galleria Borghese

The villa was initially a summer and party residence of the noble Borghese family. It was constructed in the early 1600s. In the year 1605, Camillo Borghese became Pope V, and his nephew, Scipione Borghese,  was made a cardinal.  Scipione was a real art buff and thus he became the youngest Bernini’s patrons. Having a great interest in art, Scipione designed the entire villa according to his taste. Later, many works from the Galleria Borghese were purchased and others donated. About 500 world-class pieces of art were confiscated by Napoleon from this museum. You can see an assorted collection of those statues in the Louvre Museum. Finally, in 1902, the villa was sold to the Italian state by the Borghese family.

The front view of Galleria Borghese
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💡When to visit?

The museum is closed on Mondays, December 25, and January 1. But otherwise, open during every other holiday including May 1 and Easter Sunday. The entire museum is visitable in an allotted time of two hours. However, the opening time being 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. On Thursdays, there is also a 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM slot. You can visit the museum for free on the first Sunday of the month from October to March. Only 360 people are allowed to visit the museum at a time. One will need to pre-book a visit there via phone, online, or by e-mail.

Masterpieces of  Borghese

There are many masterpieces in this art gallery. Some well-known sculptures and paintings you will see are :

1. Canova

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything aesthetically gorgeous. One such man-made beauty is the sculpture of Paolina Borghese by Canova. This is simply worth your money and time!

2. Bernini

Breathtaking paintings of ‘Goat Amalthea with Infant Jupiter and Faun’, ‘Aeneas, Anchises & Ascanius’,  ‘Rape of Proserpine’ by Bernini will captivate your eyes and heart.

Bernini's master piece
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3. Caravaggio

Beauty without expression is boring! Caravaggio was a master of Chiaroscuro. Do not miss to see this art form in which a sculpture or painting is made using very light colors. The dark colors in the background create a strong atmosphere of emotions in paintings.

Head to the building which itself is one of the attractions. The dynamically designed walls have a great brilliance of architecture. Get ready to witness beautiful Floor mosaics, fine Roman Sculptures, Egyptian art and much more at this Marvel in Rome. Located in the midst of lush green gardens, the villa’s fascinating U shaped terrace, decorated niches, and classic statues will surely make you feel the Borghese legacy with a touch of class and distinction. Visit the Pickyourtrail website and craft your journey to Rome right away!

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