Villa Borghese Park – What you need to know
Villa Borghese is an extremely varied and delightful park in Rome, with all manner of green areas including Italian gardens and English-style parkland. Although vast, it is not the largest park in the city, coming instead after Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada.
Villa Borghese was made a Museum Park in the late 1990s, and like an expansive outdoor museum it now hosts a variety of exhibitions such as: the Gallery of Modern Art, the Civic Museum of Zoology, the Etruscan Museum and the famous Galleria Borghese.
Also famous is the Lake Garden featuring the Temple of Aesculapius; and the Piazza di Siena where the celebrated International Horse Show takes place.
The Galleria Borghese is situated in Villa Borghese and exhibits work by many important Italian painters and sculptors including: Bernini, Canova, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Titian and many others.
It is thanks to the collection of Cardinal Scipione, who lived in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, that we can still admire art dating back to ancient times and the Renaissance period.
The gallery also features Canova’s famous statue dedicated to Paolina Bonaparte Borghese, and in the early 19th century Camillo Borghese sold to Emperor Napoleon a large number of statues, busts and bas-reliefs that can be seen at the Louvre.
After 1830, archaeological finds and works recovered from the cellars of Villa Borghese were also added to the Gallery.
Some of the most important paintings in the collection include: Boy with a Basket of Fruit and David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio, the statue of Paolina Borghese by Canova, Apollo and Daphne by Bernini, and Sacred and Profane Love by Titian. Entrance granted to a maximum of 360 people for each two-hour time slot (you must leave at the end of your time slot). Tickets must be reserved beforehand.
Villa Borghese Park at a Glance
When to visit: From Tuesday to Sunday – Monday closed
Opening hours: 8.30 – 19.30
Ticket Price: Adults € 11.00 – Reduced € 6,50
Directions: Viale delle Belle Arti
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