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What is Villa Borghese Pinciana?

Villa Borghese Pinciana is a magnificent estate located in the heart of Rome. The villa is best known for housing the Borghese Gallery, which is home to an impressive collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Bernini, and Titian. The villa itself is a masterpiece of architecture and design, with its grand entrance, ornate ceilings, and stunning gardens. Built in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, it was initially intended as a place to showcase his extensive art collection. Today, it remains one of Rome's top cultural attractions, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at its beauty and rich history.

Quick Facts about Villa Borghese Pinciana

Villa Borghese

Official name: Villa Borghese Pinciana

Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Rome, Italy

Date of opening: 1605

Timings: Open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM (last admission at 5 PM)

Architect: Flaminio Ponzio, Giovanni Vasanzio, and others

Architectural style: Baroque

Why is Villa Borghese Pinciana So Famous?

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  • Stunning art collection: The villa is home to an impressive art collection, featuring works by some of the most famous artists in history, including Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael.
  • Historical significance: The villa was built in the 17th century and served as the home of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It was later turned into a public park and gallery, allowing visitors to experience its rich history and culture.
  • Palatial allure: The villa was designed and built by Scipione Borghese with an artistic suit where he threw lavish garden parties to showcase his art collection.
  • Beautiful gardens: The Villa Borghese gardens are considered some of the most beautiful in Rome, with numerous fountains, sculptures, and monuments.

Discover the Rooms of Villa Borghese

The Villa has 2 floors with a total of 20 lavish rooms decorated with paintings, sculptures and antiques of well-known artists.

First Floor

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Marianna Rossi Hall

This is the entrance to Villa Borghese and its most promonent feature is the ceiling by Marianna Rossi. This huge hall with monumental sculptures and decorations were part of Prince Marcantonio's renovations.

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Paolina Room

One the most famous sculptures of the Borghese collection made my Antonio Canova, the statue of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, is on display here.

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David Room

Bernini's life-size sculpture of David is placed in the center of this room. It was orginally called the 'Room of the Sun' due to the presence of the Fall of Phaeton in the center of the ceiling.

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Apollo and Daphne Room

Bernini's life-sized Baroque marble sculpture, Apollo and Daphne is housed here along with works of Dosso Dossi, Giovanni Battista Marchetti and paintings representing Daphne's Metamorphoses on the ceiling.

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Room of the Emperors

This room gets it name from the 18 alabaster and porphyry busts of theTwelve Caesars and Goddess Juno. The room also features paintings of Domenico de Angelis and Marchetti's architectural trompe l’oeil (3D optical illusion).

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Hermaphrodite Room

The famous sculpture of Hermaphrodite gives this room its name. Oil paintings of Nicola Buonvicini, Marchetti's murals, works of Vincenzo Pacetti and Paul Brill are also on display here.

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Aeneas and Anchises Room

Bernini's marble group with Aeneas and Anchises is placed right in the center of this room along with the paintings of Laurent Pécheux on the ceiling and those of Jean Baptiste Tierce.

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Egyptian Room

This room has Marchetti's architectural trompe l’oeils representing the Egyptian planetary gods and Conca's celing paintings depicting Anthony and Cleopatra.

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Silenus Room

The last room on the ground floor has 12 paintings by Caravaggio, Cavalier d’Arpino's famous works and masterpieces of Cigoli, Dirck van Baburen and Giovanni Baglione.

Second Floor

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Dido Room

The ceiling of this room is decorated with the story of Apolo and Dido by Anton von Maron. Other works on display here are of Perugino, Pinturicchio, Bartolomeo, Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto and Raphael.

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Hercules Room

The room gets its name from the five paintings of Hercules on the ceiling by Christoph Unterberger. Other notable artworks featured in this room include those of Brescianino, Niccolò dell’Abate, Correggio, Girolamo da Carpi and Nicolas Cordier.

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Room of Ferrarese Painting

Known as the "Little Gallery" and later as the “Gallery of portraits of women“ before Marcantonio Borghese's renovation phase, the Tale of Ganymede by Vincenzo Berrettini is featured on the ceiling along with artworks of Ortolano and Mazzolino displayed in the room.

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Room of the Bacchantes

This room gets its name from Felice Giani's fresco on the ceiling depicting three dancing women with decorations of festoons, floral motifs and musical instruments all around. Nordic works from the early 16th century and Leonardo Da Vinci's Leda and Lorenzo Lotto's Portrait of A Gentleman are the masterpieces here.

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Fame Room

Felice Giani's Allegory of Fame is placed right in the centre and the landscapes displayed here are of Giovanni Campovecchio. Elegantly decorated in an antiquarian style, the room also features famous artworks of Francesco Ubertini, Giovanni di Lorenzo Larciani and Alonso Berruguete.

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Lanfranco Loggia

This room houses Giovanni Lanfranco's Council of Gods and Claude Deruet's Assumption present. Most artworks in this room are from the 17th century epitomizing two pictorial currents of the time - the classic revival style and intensely expressed Caravaggesque naturalism.

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Aurora Room

The ceiling represents the Twilights of Dawn and Dusk and the Allegory of Aurora in three notable paintings by Domenico Corvi. Giovan Battista Marchetti decorated the walls with grotesques, zodiac signs, medallions etc. The room also has a sculpture depicting the allegory of Sleep by Alessandro Algardi right in the centre.

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Flora Room

Domenico De Angelis represents Flora as the mother of flowers and plants. The vegetal volutes and trompe-oeil decorations are painted by Giovan Battista Marchetti. The room also displays paintings of Marcello Venusti, Pellegrino Tibaldi and Jacopo Zucchi.

Count of Angers Room

Count of Angers Room

The Recognition of Gaultier and Count of Angers are notable paintings by Giuseppe Cades dominating the ceiling in this room. The paintings displayed here are Flemish and Dutch artworks of the 17th century acquired by Antonio Asprucci. Gaspare Landi and Pompeo Batoni's famous works are also present here.

Jupiter and Antiope Room

Jupiter and Antiope Room

This room has the Quadro Riportato by Bénigne Gagneraux featured on the ceiling along with decorations executed by Vincenzo Berrettini. Collections of Pietro da Cortona, noteworthy artworks of Roman Baroque portraiture, and paintings of Pieter Paul Rubens as well as Andrea Sacchi are also displayed here.

Helen and Paris Room

Helen and Paris Room

Gavin Hamilton and Giovan Battista Marchetti's decorations are featured on the ceiling in this room. Sculptures of Agostino Penna and Vincenzo Pacetti are also present. Other masterpieces here are the works of Domenichino, Federico Barocci and Giovanni Lanfranco.

Psyche Room

Psyche Room

With Pietro Antonio Novelli decorations on the ceiling, the room comes to be called the Psyche room as it represents the tale of Cupid and Psyche. Paintings of Giovan Battista Marchetti, Antonello da Messina, Titian, Giovanni Bellini and ornamental pieces by Agostino Penna are displayed here.

Brief History of Villa Borghese

17th century - The Rise of Villa Borghese

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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Borghese Pinciana

What is the Villa Borghese Pinciana?

Villa Borghese Pinciana is a historic villa in Rome known for its art collection and sprawling gardens. . It was built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and it formerly housed his private art collection.

Where can I buy Villa Borghese Pinciana tickets?

You can purchase tickets to Villa Borghese Pinciana online.

When was the Villa Borghese built?

Villa Borghese was built in 1605.

Who built the Villa Borghese?

Villa Borghese was built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It was designed by architect Flaminio Ponzio

What is the difference between Villa Borghese and Villa Borghese Pinciana?

Villa Borghese is a large park in Rome, which includes many attractions, such as the Borghese Gallery. Villa Borghese Pinciana is the name of the villa or building in the park that houses the Borghese Gallery.

Is there a dress code for entering the Villa Borghese?

No, there is no dress code for entering the Villa Borghese.

Where is Villa Borghese Pinciana located?

Villa Borghese Pinciana is located in the Pincian Hill area of Rome, Italy.

What can I see in the Villa Borghese Pinciana?

In the Borghese Villa, you can explore and admire world-class art collections, paintings and sculptures.

How many rooms are there in Villa Borghese Pinciana?

The Villa Borghese Pincianaconsists of 20 rooms that feature antiques, sculptures, and many paintings.

Who lived in the Villa Borghese Pinciana?

Scipione Borghese used to live and throw private parties at the Villa Borghese Pinciana. He also held private displays of his magnificent art collection.

Who owns the Villa Borghese Pinciana?

The Italian government has owned Villa Borghese in Rome since 1903.

Is the Villa Borghese worth visiting?

Yes, Villa Borghese is worth visiting as it offers art, paintings, sculptures, picturesque gardens, and mesmerizing views for visitors. Book the Villa Borghese tickets in advance to avoid huge crowds.

How long does it take to explore the Villa Borghese?

You will need at least 2 - 4 hours to explore the Borghese Gallery. However, if you need to explore the whole place peacefully, you will need half a day or a full day.

What else can I see around the Villa Borghese?

The Borghese Villa is located in the Villa Borghese Gardens which houses around 90 attractions that you can explore and enjoy. Some of these are the Temple of Asclepius, Water Clock, Carlo Bilotti Museum, Casina de Raffaello, Pincio Terrace, Bioparco di Roma, etc.

When is the best time to visit Villa Borghese?

The best time to visit Villa Borghese is during spring, between April and June as well as September to October is a pleasant time to visit Villa Borghese. Avoid summer as it is the peak tourist season with heavy crowds.