Why visit the Borghese Gallery?

Located in the heart of Rome stands one of the most iconic and well-stocked museums within the city; the Borghese Gallery. Home to an array of spectacular paintings and sculptures by famous artists such as Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio.

  • The History of the Borghese Gallery

    The name Borghese comes from the Borghese family who owned the gallery when it started. They originally used it as a country villa built in the 1600s, named Villa Borghese Pinciana. The family were a high-profile family who moved to Rome in the 16th century. With their wealth and fame substantially growing after Camillo Borghese was elected at Pope Paul V in 1604. Pope Paul V had a great influence, similar to a king, and would bestow his family with powerful titles.

  • The Works of Beauty

    It’s hard to choose the greatest pieces within the gallery, as there is an array of masters within its walls. Gian Lorenzo Bernini had one of the most famous sculptures in the exhibition, the ‘Apollo and Daphne.’ The piece is inspired by the Greek mythology scene of Daphne, a daughter of a river god, and Apollo, the god of light. Apollo was madly in love with Daphne, who hated him and refused him continuously. Daphne asked the help of a river to turn her into a tree to be free of Apollo’s advances. Bernini’s life-size marble structure depicts the climate of this event, of both Apollo and Daphne, who is slowly turning into a tree. A famous painting worth mentioning is Caravaggio’s ‘Boy with a Basket of Fruit.’ This painting was during Caravaggio’s still life period, but the painting depicts his skill in extreme realism.

  • The Borghese Gardens

    After marvelling at the art pieces, step outside and stroll around the stunning greenery of Borghese Gardens. It is one of the largest public parks in Rome, with perfectly manicured gardens and stunning architecture littering the area. Make sure you pack your walking shoes as you immerse yourself in lush wildlife, either exploring the walking paths, relaxing on a park bench, or visiting the many activities hidden within.

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