Despite its small size, the Borghese Gallery is one of Rome’s most beautiful museums and often overlooked by first-time visitors to the Eternal City. Tickets for the Borghese Gallery are limited and work on a time schedule to ensure that the museum does not get overcrowded. The extensive collection of Caravaggio’s incredible paintings and exquisite Bernini sculptures are sure to take your breath away.
The Borghese Gallery is located in the Borghese Gardens in the north of Rome. The park itself is an expansive area, the 3rd largest park grounds in Rome, that is a favorite picnic and gathering spot for locals. The area is easily accessible by public transport (metro stations Flaminio or Spagna) and can also be reached by foot or bicycle.
Home to the work of renowned artists Caravaggio and Bernini, the Borghese Gallery is nothing short of spectacular. Situated in a small villa in the middle of the park grounds, the two floors of the gallery are overflowing with priceless treasures. The upper floor boasts works by Raphael, Rubens and Botticelli, while the ground floor showcases mosaics and classic antiquities. The sculptures of Bernini, such as Apollo and Daphne as well as the Rape of Persephone, are the gallery’s most impressive pieces by far.
Tickets to the Borghese Gallery should be reserved in advance, especially during the summer months of peak tourist season. Entrance slots are organized by time and tickets can be purchased for 2 hour blocks with a maximum of 80 visitors per time slot. Purchases can be made online or by phone. Audio guides and tours are also available and highly recommended for those looking to make the most of their visit.