The house of Bernini and Caravaggio
The splendid small palace that hosts the Borghese Gallery was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century as the private residence and public representation of the Borghese family. From the beginning it housed the collection of cardinal Scipio (1579-1633), nephew of Pope Paul the Fifth Borghese. In 1902 the Italian State purchased the rest of the collection and the palace.
Currently the collection consists of sculptures, bas-reliefs, and ancient mosaics, sixteenth-seventeenth century paintings, and sculptures. They include masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Veronese, Raphael (Deposition), Domenichino (Diana's hunt), Titian (Sacred and profane love, Venus blindfolding Love), Correggio (Danae), Caravaggio (Youth with a fruit basket, the Madonna of the footmen, David with Goliath's head), Rubens (Pietà) and sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Apollo and Daphne, the Rape of Proserpina, David) and Canova (Paolina Borghese).
Let's discover these works together!
Fanciullo con canestro di frutta
Apollo e Dafne
Il Ratto di Proserpina
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the Gardens of Borghese Gallery in front of the entrance or at your Hotel.
We need to arrive 30 minutes at least before entry time
End location: Gardens of Borghese Gallery
Duration: 3 hours
From Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - The skip the line tickets
Headphones necessary for more than 6 persons (3,00 EUR/person)
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Our tour of the Borghesi Gallery was a highlight of our visit to Rome. Thanks Alessandra, for an enjoyable and enlightening afternoon of art appreciation in a wonderful and unique museum.