What to see the Borghese Gallery

Rome is a destination renowned for its numerous museums. However, a vast majority of these are within the walls of the Vatican City. This makes the Borghese Gallery really quite unique as it is under the flag of Italy, and not the Vatican. Not only is this a considerably popular attraction, but so too are the gardens that were once a part of this estate.

History of the Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery was actually originally the Villa Borghese Pinciana and belonged to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Pope Paul V’s nephew. Though the architect in charge was Flaminio Ponzio, much of the design was actually taken from sketches by Scipione Borghese himself. This enormous building was used only as a country villa by Borghese, and though it may seem excessive, it now stands as one of Italy’s most iconic and well-stocked galleries. Borghese actually managed to secure a great many from some truly masterful artists before his passing.

Artworks of the Borghese Gallery

Most of these artworks have remained within the walls of the Borghese Gallery, and display the exceptional skill of hands like Bernini, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Federico Barocci and even Raphael. Some of the more noteworthy works include Caravaggio’s “Boy with a Basket of Fruit”, “St Jerome Writing” and “Sick Bacchus” as well as Raphael’s “Entombment of Christ”. Though these are just some of the paintings, Bernini’s outstanding sculptures also grace the ornate rooms in the Borghese Gallery. “Truth Unveiled by Time”, “Appollo and Daphne” and Bernini’s “David” are just a few of the artworks you will have the chance of viewing here.

Borghese Gardens

A visit to the Borghese Gallery would not be complete without a tour of the gardens. Having been converted into Rome’s second largest public park, these vast gardens will provide you with a full day’s worth of exploration and relaxation. There is nothing quite like strolling through the dappled sunlight that shines through trees overhead and taking a break from the rush and bustle of the streets of Rome. The origin of these gardens may be a little different to what you’d expect. They were actually once a large vineyard which Scipione Borghese took upon himself to transform into the stately gardens that we see before us today.

A visit to the Borghese Gallery and Gardens is an absolute must for any trip to Rome. With beautiful artworks to admire, and the beauty of nature to discover, there really is something here for everyone.

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