We should thank the Papal visceral love for their family if we can enjoy so many art collections in Rome, as the Borghese Gallery. Nepotism, a word that every Roman knows well, used for the Popes which gave power and offices to their nephews, 'nepoti', lacking marriage and children, at least legitimate ones.
Unfortunately most visitors find out too late that the Borghese Gallery needs advance reservation and miss this marvelous treasure of Rome.
The highlights of the gallery that I prefer are the sculptures of a young Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the Rape of Proserpine and the Apollo and Daphne, the serene beauty of Canova's Pauline Bonaparte, beloved sister of Napoleon, and the sublime perfection of ancient statues.
For those who will find their way to the second floor, the magnificent Profane and Sacred Love by Titian will be an oasis of elegance and peace from the drama of Baroque, but will tell you a more recent story about the decline of the Borghese family, while irreverent and distant pagan gods stare at the visitors from the ceilings.
You can walk to the Broghese Gallery if you are close enough to via Veneto or you could take the bus 53 from piazza Barberini.
The admission time is every two hours: 9, 11, 13 15, 17.
Visit lasts 2 hours.
Enjoy a walk after the tour through the Borghese park, where you can rent a bike, a tandem or a rowboat.
In the same area, you can find other museums, such as the Gallery of Modern Art and the Etruscan Museum. If you are with children, next to the Gallery there is Rome Zoo.
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