Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens
Villa Borghese, Rome’s third-largest public park, comprises expansive and beautiful gardens, the Galleria Borghese and several other landmarks. The gallery and gardens today are managed as two separate attractions, both in the same location in eastern Rome.
Galleria Borghese is one of Rome’s premier art galleries, housing much of an incredible art collection started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633), the nephew of Pope Paul V. The Cardinal was the Patron of Caravaggio, whose works make up a substantial part of the gallery’s collection. Other highlights are paintings by Titian, Rubens and Raphael. All are on display over the villa’s two floors, along with ancient mosaics, classical and baroque sculptures and numerous portraits. Reservations for the gallery are required well in advance and tickets start at €15.
Almost 200 acres of landscaped gardens await visitors around Villa Borghese, perfect for a stroll after musing over art in the museum. Within the gardens are around 90 points of interest, including a gorgeous lake that you can rent a boat to row around in, a full-size replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and an overlook offering incredible views over the city. The landscaping was redesigned in the early 19th-century but takes inspiration from the original 17th-century gardens, rendered in a classical English style.
Although a self-guided walking tour of the gardens is more pleasant during warmer months, the gardens are open year-round, and at any time offer a quiet, relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Entrance is free. Bicycle rentals are available for a fee, and you will find vendors offering ice cream and other treats inside the park.
Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 06 32810