The Borghese Gallery in Rome
The “Galleria Borghese” is one of the most famous museums in the world given the rich amount of unique artworks and masterpieces conserved within its walls, the majority from the Renaissance period.
The Galleria Borghese displays the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621). The Villa was built by a famous architect, Flaminio Ponzio, who was insipired by sketches of Scipione Borghese himself. The villa, suitated on the outskirts of former Rome, was mainly used as a party mansion.
The Borghese Gallery museum, hosts a wide collection of sculptures and paintings by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael, Perugino, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Cranach, Annibale Carracci, Pieter Paul Rubens, Bellini, Titian.
It can be considered unique in the world when taking into account the number and importance of Bernini’s sculptures and Caravaggio’s paintings. The Borghese Gallery is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Rome and welcomes many visitors each year. The Borghese Gallery, together with the Vatican Museums, are the top two museums visited in Rome by visitors from all across the world and entrance tickets must be bought well in advance since they are limited in number.