Villa Borghese is an amazing landscaped park located north of the center of Rome. The picturesque palazzo, built in the 17th century by the owner of the red cap – Cardinal Camillo Borghese, has become today a favorite walking place for residents and visitors of Rome. The center of the villa is the Borghese Gallery.
The gallery presents works by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens, Titian and Veronese, Roman mosaics of 1-3 centuries. The specificity of the villa is that every two hours only 360 people can visit the museum.
Museum Complex Villa Borghese
This museum, which has a relatively small but very rich collection of Italian arts, is located in the building of the villa. Today, not only the eponymous structure of Cardinal Scipio Borghese with the gallery and the surrounding park, but also the National Gallery of Modern Art, and the National Etruscan Museum in Villa Julia are considered to be a museum complex.
National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and Contemporanea) is located in the palace building of the early 20th century and includes about five thousand exhibits of Roman art from 1800 to our time, including works by Claude Monet, Vittorio Corcos, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Francois Auguste René Rodin, Edgar Degas and many others.
The gallery is open on weekdays from 8:30 to 19:00, on Sundays and holidays – from 9:00 to 19:30, weekends – Monday. Ticket price – 7.50 EUR.
National Etruscan Museum Villa Julia
The National Etruscan Museum in Villa Giulia (Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia) is located in the building of the former summer residence of the Roman papacy of the 16th century, built for Pope Julius III (hence its name). Only this building, a small part of the papal residence, has survived to the present day. The museum was founded in 1889 – ancient artifacts from Lazio, Umbria and Etruria, relating to Etruscan art, appeared here. Then the collection was replenished with specimens of Etruscan art and household items.
This museum is open daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 16:30, except Mondays, January 1 and December 25. Here it is not allowed to conduct video and photography, the ticket price is 8 EUR.
Keep in mind that Borghese is one of the most extensive parks in the city: 6 km in circumference. To get around it on foot, it will take almost a whole day. But rest assured: this day will not be in vain! You will get acquainted with numerous works of art, see funny animals in the biopark, have fun at the rides, ride horses, and maybe even see real jumps.
They say that somewhere in the territory of the villa even the monuments to Pushkin and Gogol were lost.
In the park you can rent a bike or segway (about 5 EUR per hour and 10 EUR – per day). And everyone can take a boat ride on the picturesque lake, in the middle of which stands a temple with a unique water clock.
How to get
The most picturesque path to the Villa Borghese is along Trinita dei Monti Boulevard (viale Trinità dei Monti), which runs from the top of the Spanish Steps.
Mode of operation of the villa: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00, Monday – day off. The total ticket costs 8.50 EUR. Web site.
Prices on the page are as of September 2018.