About the GalleryYou have arrived at the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), a small but highly regarded gallery in Rome. The gallery is located in Villa Borghese, where one can encounter works of art and sculptures by the best Italian artists of Rome: Bernini, Canova, Raphael and more.
The entire palace is impressive and elegant, with a spectacular ceiling in the ballroom. The gallery is not particularly large and has a total of 20 rooms spread over two floors.The top floor has paintings to marvel at while the ground floor has sculptures. Note the the ancient mosaics of the gladiators.
Once every two hours, there is a rotation of visitors. However, your visit does not have to end here. If you go out for a stroll in the villa's charming gardens, you'll see the English-style gardens of Villa Borghese. In these pretty gardens you will enjoy an amazing combination of nature and greenery with art at its best, with a variety of amazing sculptures and monuments outside. It's a great place to have a picnic, relax a little or enjoy a spectacular view of all of Rome.
About the Gallery's Structure and its FoundersThe villa in which the gallery is located was designed by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, based on sketches and plans of Scipione Borghese, who planned to use the villa as a mansion for social events. A few years after it was founded, it was transferred to the Italian government, which turned it into a public gallery.
It is important to understand that the Italian art of the Renaissance was created mainly for the perusal of rich nobles, who provided financial resources and sponsored the artists. Thanks to nobleman Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Giovanni Bernini, the sponsored artist, became the last of the leading artists in Rome and responsible for some of the city's masterpieces. Borghese, incidentally, provided his support for several other equally important artists, such as Caravaggio, and he also had a fine collection of works comprised of pieces transferred to him from the artist.
TipsBe sure to buy tickets online in advance - the gallery is a popular tourist destination, especially during high tourist season, and there is no way to just walk in spontaneously without online ticket.