Villa Borghese and its gallery, culture in the nature:
ART AND NATURE - ROME
In one of the most beautiful parts of the city, surrounded by lakes and fountains, you will find the Galleria Borghese, hosting a rich collection of characters, low-reliefs and masterpieces by Raffaello and Tiziano.
Villa Borghese has a 800 hectares surface, hosting a real nature, in the crowded and chaotic Rome. Entering Villa Borghese, you have the sensation of being captured by tranquility, as walking along its paths makes you enter in contact with nature and art. Nature appears by the secular, exotic plants and the multi-coloured birds, but Villa Borghese is also a symbol of art, thanks to the presence of many museums and buildings hosting a lot of masterpieces. Villa Borghese is an enormous park that has been property of the Borghese family since 1580, lately enlarged, hosting Italian and international famous artists' works of art. Visiting the park is an occasion to spend a relaxing day, surrounded by the nature, art and amusement. The ideal way to stop your daily routine.
Art in Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese is not only a simple park where to spend a few relaxing hours, but much more. It hosts many buildings and museums with many works of art. The most famous one is the Casino Nobile, better known as Galleria Borghese. The museum hosts famous sculptures such as the "Amor sacro e Amor profano" by Tiziano, the "Deposizione" by Raffaello, the "Statuetta di Paolina Borghese" by Canova, and numerous statues by Bernini and paintings by Caravaggio.
The Galleria d'arte Moderna hosts works of art from the Neo-classic, Romantic and Futurist ages, with paintings and sculptures by famous artists such as Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Klimt and Cézanne. Another museum rich in works of art in Villa Borghese is the Fortezzuola, better known as Museo Canonica, where there are all the sculptures that previously were around the park, but that during the last two years have moved away, to protect them by vandals, actually stored in the Museo Pietro Canonica. There are about 18 works of the Borghese family, by the Ceoli collection: Ercole coronato; Satiro in riposo; Filatrice and two medieval Lions.
You can visit the museum from October to May, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the summer the entrance is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., from June to September. On the 24th and 31st December it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on the following days: 25/12; 31/12; 1/1 and 1/5. The Museo Civico di Zoologia is very interesting.
The gardens of Villa Borghese
We don't talk about art only, Villa Borghese is a wonderful space to see wonderful landscapes, thanks to it evocative Gardens, each one characterized by its own features. The Giardino del Lago, for example, has a little artificial island in the middle of the Lake where you can admire the Temple of Esculapio. You can also have a boat trip to see it, it can be a good occasion to explore the Flora and the fauna.
From the via dell'Aranciera entrance - from 9:30 a.m. till the sunset - you can rent a boat for €3 per person, for 20 minutes, and €1.50€ per children 110cm tall.
There are other beautiful gardens you can visit: Giardini dei Segreti, Giardino Boschereccio, Parco dei Daini and the Valle dei Platani, where you can leave your dogs free to go around and enjoy themselves. Piazza di Siena takes the name from the feminist Square in Tuscany, and it the often hosts musical and cultural events; on May, it becomes the location of the Equestrian contest. The only one British garden there is Giardino del Lago. The Galoppatoio and the Giardino di Valle Giulia are worth of a visit, too.
Villa Borghese among fountains and monuments
Walking around the avenues of the park, you will see the perfect mix of art and nature, and you can see the monuments and this statues dedicated to the greatest artists of the world such as Goethe, Garcilasco de la Vega, Byron, Hugo and so on, on the borders of the streets.
Art is perfectly mixed in this natural framework, by the fountains - real sculptures: Fontana dei Cavalli Marini, by Vincenzo Pacetti, Fontana della Venere, Fontana delle Piramidi, Fontana oscura, and so on. Villa Borghese hosts also the Casa del Cinema Mastroianni, the Cinema dei Piccoli and the Globe Theater in viale Canonica.
Useful information about Villa Borghese
There are 9 entrances: Piazzale San Paolo; Piazzale Flaminio; via di Porta Pinciana, via Raimondi; via Valle Giulia; via Aldovrandi and piazzale Cervantes. The Park is opened every day 24 hours per day.
Only people with disabilities can enter by car, after a request sent by fax to the number 0677204491, and the cost of the authorization is €9. For people coming by car, they can park in the to pay underground parking, with entrances in San Paolo, Via Muro Torto and Piazzale Firdousi, or in the blue parkings nearby.
Francesca - Naples
I had never visited Villa Borghese, I immediately fell in love with this fantastic and incredible place, I think I will visit it more often; I visited the Museo Canonica and the Galleria Borghese, learning a lot of things by this tour.
Giulia - Latina
When I go to Rome, I always go to Villa Borghese, just my dog and me, we often have a stop in Valle Platani, where my dog can go around the park, without disturbing the other people. The atmosphere is very clean and people pay attention to respect the park. A very well organised park.
Paolo - Pisa
I visited Villa Borghese with my students for some investigations about Van Gogh, we admire his works and we found interesting information for our investigation. It was an educational and amusing tour.
Sabrina - Florence
I often visit the park with my daughters, it is wonderful if you can spend sunny days at the open air with your family; the children enjoy themselves, and after the carousels, we have a panoramic tour by train. Then we visit some museums or we go to the cinema, and we have a snack in the Giardino del Lago. I think Villa Borghese is the ideal place for the families, you'd never get bored.
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