One such was his nephew Scipione Borghese who bought a large vineyard in 1605, turning it into formally landscaped gardens and building the Villa Borghese to hold parties and house his art collection. He was a patron of the famous sculptor Bernini, so many of Bernini's pieces are held in the Borghese collection.
In 1903 the city of Rome acquired the Villa Borghese and its collection and gardens were opened to the public. In 1911 the World Exposition was held in the park and some of the pavilions representing various countries still exist. The Museum and Gallery Borghese holds a wonderful art collection including paintings by Titian, Raphael and Rubens. The nearby Museum of Modern Art located in the gardens has 19th and 20th century works, mainly by Italian artists.
The Villa Borghese is located north of the Spanish Steps, climb the steps then follow the road around to the left. The park rises up from the Piazza del Popolo with the museum situated at the top of the hill, so catch metro Linea A to Flaminio in the piazza. With its many trees and central lake, the park itself is lovely to explore and a relief from the hectic streets of Rome.
Tours & Tickets
Book your Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour ahead of time to take advantage of jumping the queue with reserved tickets. The Borghese ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Explore the art history of Baroque Rome in style on a private walking tour of the Galleria Borghese with an art expert. Accompanied by your own private guide ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)