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Visit to Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. This gallery houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures, and antiquities. The main floor is mostly devoted to classical antiquities of the 1st–3rd centuries AD and classical and neo-classical sculpture while the other spaces are devoted to Renaissance paintings.

The Borghese Gallery today is a national museum containing, inside the country house commissioned at the beginning of the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, one of the most important collections in the world: paintings by Raphael (Deposition of Christ and the wonderful Dame with a Liocorn), Caravaggio (six works), Correggio (Danae), Cranach (Venus), and the famous sculptures by Bernini and Canova.


The museum itself is richly decorated in the Neoclassical style, as a result of the refurbishing commissioned by Prince Marcantonio Borghese IV at the end of the 18th century, and it also contains an archaeological collection, a significant part of which – purchased by Napoleon- is now on display at the Louvre Museum.