Villa Borghese, Rome

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Via Aldrovandi, Via Raimondi (2 entries), Via Pinciana (2 entries), Piazzale Sao Paulo, Piazzale Flaminio Square Cervantes, Rome Italy +39 06 0608
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    An absolute must-see art museum in Rome

    by Jefie Updated Jul 19, 2016

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    The former Casina Borghese houses the Borghese family's amazing collection of sculptures and paintings. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, for whom the villa was originally built, was an avid art collector, commissioning several art works from Bernini and Caravaggio. The sculptures and paintings of these two famous Baroque artists are on display in the 20 magnificient rooms of the museum, along with other works by the likes of Raphael, Titian and Rubens. Galleria Borghese is the only museum we visited in Rome (mostly because the city's numerous churches are like free museums!), but I'm sure glad we did because seeing the sculptures of Bernini with my own eyes, especially "The Rape of Prosperine" and "Apollo and Daphne", was worth the price of admission (11 Euros) in itself. Also, given its modest size, it's a museum you can enjoy at a leisurely pace. The 2 hours you are given to explore its rooms are more than sufficient and, because of this time limit, the museum never gets overcrowded. However, if you wish to visit the museum, I highly recommend booking tickets in advance (you can book tickets online). We were there on a Sunday and the museum was sold out until Wednesday, so I saw many visitors turn back with a rather disappointed look on their face.

    Directions: At Villa Borghese, the closest park entrance is the one located at the end of Via Veneto.

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    Third Largest Public Garden in Rome 2

    by machomikemd Written Jun 3, 2016

    part two of my tips with more pictures around the huge area

    The Villa Borghese Gardens in The Center of Rome is the Third Largest Public Garden of Rome after Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. This huge area coveres about 80 hectares (148 acres) and encompasses many Villas, Squares and Gardens and other points of attraction. This garden was built by architect Flaminio Ponzio fro a former vineyard to it's present size in 1605 as commissioned by notorious Borgia nephew (Pope Paul VI), Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The public garden has many places where the public can hang around and also view the famous attractions such as The Secret Gardens, Valley of Plain Trees, Piazza di Siena, the Temple of Diana, Villa Borghese, Villa Giulia, Villa Medici and Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna to name a few. You need at least two days to see all the attractions at this public park.

    Opens: 24/7

    Address: Near the National Gallery of Modern Art

    Directions: Near the National Gallery of Modern and Contempory Art/

    Phone: +39 06 0608

    Website: http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/i_luoghi/ville_e_parchi_storici/ville_dei_nobili/villa_borghese

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    Viale Giorgio Washington Entrance

    by machomikemd Written May 27, 2016

    there are many Entrances to the huge Villa Borghese Public Gardens but the most spectacular entrance will be along the Viale Giorgio Washington Entrance, near the Piazza Del Popolo as it has large Roman Arch Gateways on both sides of the street.

    The Villa Borghese Gardens in The Center of Rome is the Third Largest Public Garden of Rome after Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. This huge area coveres about 80 hectares (148 acres) and encompasses many Villas, Squares and Gardens and other points of attraction. This garden was built by architect Flaminio Ponzio fro a former vineyard to it's present size in 1605 as commissioned by notorious Borgia nephew (Pope Paul VI), Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The public garden has many places where the public can hang around and also view the famous attractions such as The Secret Gardens, Valley of Plain Trees, Piazza di Siena, the Temple of Diana, Villa Borghese, Villa Giulia, Villa Medici and Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna to name a few. You need at least two days to see all the attractions at this public park.

    Opens: 24/7

    Address: Via Giorgio Washington, Villa Borghese, Roma

    Directions: Via Giorgio Washington, Villa Borghese, Roma, Italy

    Phone: +39 06 0608

    Website: http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/i_luoghi/ville_e_parchi_storici/ville_dei_nobili/villa_borghese

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    Third Largest Public Garden in Rome 1

    by machomikemd Written May 27, 2016

    The Villa Borghese Gardens in The Center of Rome is the Third Largest Public Garden of Rome after Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. This huge area coveres about 80 hectares (148 acres) and encompasses many Villas, Squares and Gardens and other points of attraction. This garden was built by architect Flaminio Ponzio fro a former vineyard to it's present size in 1605 as commissioned by notorious Borgia nephew (Pope Paul VI), Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The public garden has many places where the public can hang around and also view the famous attractions such as The Secret Gardens, Valley of Plain Trees, Piazza di Siena, the Temple of Diana, Villa Borghese, Villa Giulia, Villa Medici and Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna to name a few. You need at least two days to see all the attractions at this public park.

    Opens: 24/7

    Address: Via Aldrovandi, Via Raimondi,

    Directions: Near the National Gallery of Modern and Contempory Art/

    Phone: +39 06 0608

    Website: http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/i_luoghi/ville_e_parchi_storici/ville_dei_nobili/villa_borghese

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    A walk (bike or row) in the Park

    by goodfish Updated Dec 31, 2014

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    If you go to Galleria Borghese (and even if you don’t) take some time to explore the great green spaces of Villa Borghese and the Pincio. A onetime vineyard turned private park developed by the same Cardinal Scipione who built the gallery, Villa Borghese became a fully public park in1903. It’s not the carefully tended variety you’d find, say, in England but still a nice way to escape the noise and crowds of the Centro Storico. Runners will find its wide paths perfect for getting in those morning miles, children will enjoy the zoo, carousel and puppet shows, and there are a few other good museums nearby. Bikes, pedal surreys and row boats - on a small artificial lake - are available for rent as well, and there are a couple of cafes scattered here and there for refueling.

    There are multiple entrances but our favorite is the climb up the steps on the east side of Piazza del Popolo to the terrace at Pincio Gardens: nice view over the piazza and city from there. The Pincio (not officially part of Villa Borghese) anchors the west end of the combined park space and where you’ll find most of the recreational rentals and kid’s activities. You may also access this end of the park from the top of the Spanish Steps or from Via Vento, if you wish.

    My one frustration with the park(s) is that there’s no comprehensive website for referencing all of the amenities so you sort of have to figure it out when you get there. A few maps are scattered throughout the grounds but I’d print out a google version of the general area before you go. Also be cautious of not confusing the park (Villa Borghese) with the art museum (Galleria Borghese) as visitors are apt to do.

    Information about the two other museums (modern art and Etruscan) near, but not in, the north/northwest end of the park may be found here:

    http://www.gnam.beniculturali.it/index.php?en/1/home

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    Address: Northeast side of the old city

    Directions: VILLA BORGHESE AREA (obviously). Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps are nearby

    Bring a picnic You can rent these! We had a few beers here Piazza del Popolo from the Pincio
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    A beautiful Sunday in the park

    by Jefie Updated Nov 27, 2014

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    Villa Borghese is an estate originally built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, at the beginning of the 17th century. At the turn of the 20th century, the villa and its gardens became property of the Italian State. While the villa became a world-famous museum (Galleria Borghese, see my next tip), the gardens became a public park (so admission to these picturesque English-style gardens is free). With a circumference of about 6 km, the park includes a zoo and several galleries. It is beautifully landscaped, with plenty of fountains, statues (given me degree in literature, I especially enjoyed seeing those of Victor Hugo, Lord Byron and Goethe), an artificial lake and so on. I chose to explore the park on a warm and sunny Sunday, which was incredibly pleasant because the atmosphere was made all the better by the many locals who were out enjoying this beautiful day too. We got to see dogs playing in one of the park's fountain, kids playing and singing (see my little video), and an amazing accordionist playing classical music on Via del Museo Borghese (again, see my video!). The park is not that big, but I recommend dedicating an entire day to its visit (especially if you also plan on visiting the Galleria), so you don't have to limit yourself to its highlights but can actually walk down its numerous lanes, perhaps stop for lunch at one of its restaurants or cafes, and simply enjoy life in Rome for a day!

    Directions: Just north of the city walls. There are two main entrances: one located at the end of Via Venezia, and one that can be reached via Piazza del Popolo (metro Spagna).

    Phone: 39 06 360 8211

    Temple of Aesculapius at the Villa Borghese A phenomenal accordion player in the park Statue of the German poet Goethe One of the park's numerous fountains
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    A Fresh Oasis

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    After four or five times in Rome, I must confess that I couldn't get time, yet, to visit the museum of Villa Borghese. But when I visited it with all the family and friends, after an exhaustive morning in the heat of August, we went to the park to rest a while.

    The family took real profit of it, relaxing in the lawn, even refreshing the feet in water. I didn't stop for long, with such a beautiful park to see.

    However, it was sufficiently reinvigorating, for an end of the day in the Roman Forum.

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    PARK OF THE VILLA BORGHESE

    by Minceta Written Oct 8, 2012

    I am not quite sure if the park in which the Villa Borghese is located is also called "Villa Borghese" park, but I can certainly advise to visit it. Although we (my husband and me) stayed in Rome only for three days, we decided to spend some two hours approximately in this park and we did not regret that we did not spend that time for some other things to be seen or done in Rome. On the contrary, we had a great time in that BEAUTIFUL PARK and I would suggest to everybody to have a walk in that park, which is, besides the Villa Borghese and Villa Medici and the Museum of modern art, full of beautiful monuments. It laso has a beautiful lake and, of course, beautiful flowers and green surfaces. We also enjoyed a wonderful cappuccino in one of the cafes in the park. The easiest way to reach it is from the Piazza del Popolo.

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    Villa Borghese, a Peaceful Refuge

    by von.otter Written Sep 3, 2012

    Villa Borghese, a peaceful refuge from the hectic streets of Rome, features a lake, temples, fountains, statues and several museums. Located north of the Spanish Steps, the park has two main entrances, one at the Piazza del Popolo and the other at Porta Pinciana, where Via Veneto ends.

    In the 16th century the land that is now Rome’s largest public park, began life as a vineyard. In 1605, Scipione Cardinal Borghese, a nephew of Pope Paul V, converted the vineyard into a park. Landscape architect Domenico Savino da Montepulciano designed a very formal park, with geometric flowerbeds and hedgerows, the first of its kind in Rome. A palazzo was built by architect Flaminio Ponzio, following a sketch made by the cardinal. The park was later designed along the English model, in a more natural way. At the end of the 18th century an artificial lake was created in the middle of the park. On the island in the lake, an small Ionic temple was built. It is dedicated to Aesculapius, the God of healing.

    In 1903, the city of Rome bought Villa Borghese from the Borghese family and opened it to the public. The 148 acre park offered wide shady lanes, several temples, beautiful fountains and many statues. The World Exposition of 1911 was held in the Villa Borghese. Several of the national pavilions are still in use.

    Sometimes called the ‘park of museums,’ the Villa Borghese is home to several museums. The most famous is Galleria Borghese, housed in the palazzo the cardinal designed. Its collection of sculptures by Antonio Canova and Gialorenzo Bernini and its collection of paintings include masters by Titian, Rubens and Raphael.

    Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, with its collection of 19th and early 20th century paintings by Italian artists, is located on the grounds of the 1911 World Exposition. Not far from here is the Museo Nazionale Etrusco, a collection of Etruscan objects excavated around Rome. The museum is housed in the Villa Giulia, a villa built in 1550-1555 as the summer residence of Pope Julius III.

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    Villa Borghese

    by MM212 Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Designed in the 17th century for Cardinal Borghese, the gardens of Villa Borghese became a public park around 1900. The park is planted with the typically Roman umbrella pines and makes a beautiful shady escape from the city's summer heat. Within the park, there are a zoo, museums and art galleries, in addition to a number of statues of famous characters. The park extends from Piazza del Popolo to Via Veneto and further out.

    Address: Villa Borghese

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    Villa Borghese - A quiet day away in the city.

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 4, 2011

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    The Villa Borghese is a large green area just to the north of the hectic centre of Rome. It is a welcome relief after several days of sightseeing, especially when it is hot!

    There are a few cafes dotted around the park or you can of course just bring your own food and drink and sit down and relax with a picnic by the lake.

    The layout of the park is fairly formal and dotted with various sculptures. There is also a lake with a mock greek style temple (Temple of Aesculapius) on it which (for us at least) formed a sort of focal point of the park. The lake was also well populated with ducks (of course) and tortoises (more interesting).

    There are a few sights in and around the park as well. the Villa Giulia is home to the etruscan museum and we found very interesting - see my review of this for more details. Far more famously is the Galleria Borghese which we did not visit but I understand you have to book in advance to go inside. Opposite the northern entrance to the park near Piazza Thorvaldsen is the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderne. There is also a zoo within the green area of the park's boundaries.

    Address: To the North of the Centre of Rome

    Directions: Best accessed by trams 3 or 19 which go along Viale delle Belle Arti - get off at either Piazza Thorwaldsen or Piazza Villa Giulia. You could also walk up from metro stations Flamino or Spagna, but this is uphill.

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    The Gardens of Villa Borghese

    by iblatt Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    These extensive gardens cover 148 acres on the Monte Pincio hill, and are easily accessible on foot from central Rome.
    They were laid by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 17th century, but the present layout dates from the 19th century.

    In the park you can find shaded paths, with the beautiful pines of Rome, a lake, a zoo and several villas and museums: Galleria Borghese, Villa Medici, Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, Museo Carlo Bilotti, National Gallery of Modern Art. Some of these date back to the 17th century, and some have remained from the Rome world exposition in 1911.

    Directions: Go east uphill from the Spanish Steps or from Piazza del Popolo.

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens

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    villa borghese

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the villa borghese was originally built for cardinal scipione borghese in 1605. in the 19th century prince camillo borghese combined his huge art collection in the casino borghese. today the casino is home to the galleria and museo borghese. the four square mile gardens around the villa became a public park in 1901. walk through this beautiful park you will encounter sculptures, fountains, and replicas of ancient temples. the museo e galleria borghese has an excellent display of sculpture and italian paintings. probably the most famous work of the collection is canova's "pauline borghese". a very worth while museum to visit when in rome. closed mondays. advance booking required for saturday and sundays.

    Address: viale del muro torto, and via pinciana

    Directions: near the piazza di spagna, bus: 52.53, 88, 95, 116.

    Phone: 06 360 8211

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    a loooong walk

    by Malecka Updated Feb 3, 2011

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    Villa borghese is a lovely part of Rome. It's NOT a small place so technically you could spend hours and hours here.

    You could enter the whole complex either from Via Venetto (a beautiful street, by the way) or from Flaminio metro station (just start walking along via Washington). It's immense and provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy long walks through the endless gardens. I would suggest combining walks through the Villa Borghese gardens and a visit to the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna (museum of art from the 19th and 20 century, one of my absolute favorite spots in Rome).

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    Museo with a lead time

    by Paisleypaul Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    A gem of a place for the art lover, took us until 2009 to finally visit.
    You M U S T reserve tickets - there can be a 2 or 3 day lead time. You can do this online , weeks or months before you go, as we did. When we went on the day, there were some girls inquiring about pay at the door entry, whose hotelier had said to them to go along and try their luck. The ticket clerk had to turn them away, with a few choice words about the hotelier who had given such bad advice!

    You can reserve from the links below or www.ticketeria.it

    Be aware it is up and down a lot of stairs once in, do not recall an accessible elevator (one way or another).

    Photography strictly prohibited (there is a locker system in operation such that you go in more or less hands free), but you can see from the official website that it is the expected trove of four(!) Berninis, Titian, Caravaggio, Rafaello etc. So only one picture with this tip!

    Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 ROMA

    Directions: A walk from the Metropolitana - either Spagna or Barberini on Linea A - through the wonderful Giardino Borghese, it is signposted

    Phone: 0039 06 32810

    Website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

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