The Borghese Gallery

This small museum is part of Villa Borghese, the splendid park that was once the property of the family of pope Paul V Borghese and is situated on the Pincio Hill, just outside the ancient city walls and yet right in the heart of the city today.  We owe it to the pope’s nephew, Scipione, who was an extraordinary art collector. But not only the collection of masterpieces like the sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the paintings by Caravaggio on display here makes a visit well worth the while: it is the combination of the works of art and the “frame”, that is, the 18th century decoration of the rooms, that makes this museum into a proper jewel amongst the art collections of the city. (Duration 3 hours, tickets need to be reserved.)