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New York, New York
May 5, 2004
From journal Seven Days of La Dolce Vita
April 8, 2002
From journal So, what's there to see in Rome?
February 22, 2002
Everyone has to check just about everything at the coat check. No coats, jackets, cameras, backpacks, etc. My wife was allowed to keep her purse with her.
The beginning of the tour starts at the top of the building and works down. We were able to view the gardens and gain some perspective on the facility itself as we walked up the wide circular staircase to the top floor. The rooms were sectioned off, with works of art grouped together by theme. Each room had a "guide" that described the work of art, artist and additional information. I recall that the guide was in more than one language, but I don't remember which languages were available besides English.
Walking a bit faster than my wife, as I wanted sufficient time to see the Caravaggio paintings, the Bernini sculptures, and the Venus sculpture, I moved quickly through the rooms. Suddenly, I was taken aback. Here was a beautiful painting and the artist had the same last name as me! Now, "Heimbach" is not exactly the most Italian name and I was not aware of any famous artist with my name, so I was extremely surprised. I dashed back several rooms and pulled my wife into the room with the Heimbach painting. She was just as surprised as me!
The Caravaggio paintings were beautiful. We saw "David with the head of Golith", "Madonna and Child and little St. John", "Madonna dei Palafrenieri" and "Bacchino Malato". Some of the Carabaggio paintings were on loan to other museums, so we were not able to view all that are owned by the gallery.
The famous sculptures are located in the last rooms towards the end of the tour. It's hard to describe the Bernini sculptures. David and Apollo and Daphne were fascinating. I also loved the Venus Vincitrix statue. The story behind this work of art tell it all. (Two of our group had guide books and we were reading them in addition to the material supplied at the museum.) You’ll just have to go to see them yourself.
The gift shop was at the end of the tour, on the way to the pick up your checked in belongings. We bought our Caravaggio postcards for our hunt and moved on to the next activity.
From journal Pope John Paul II
October 17, 2001
When you call they'll give you a confirmation number (bring it with you) which you present when picking up your tickets. You pay for the tickets when you pick them up. The tickets are good only for 2 hours so arrive ahead of time since you'll need time to get the tickets and check your bags-only very small purses allowed, no coats, umbrellas, backpacks, etc. (about 20 minutes needed for these activities at peak times). No photography. There is a gift shop. After you get your ticket you proceed up to the top floor for the paintings and trompel'oeil rooms. The sculptures are on the floor below so allow enough time to see them. You have to go back into the museum to pickup your belongings. Your hotel may be willing to make the reservation for you.
Information, booking: tel. 06-32810 Guided tours in English available on request at certain times through 06 8555952 for an additional charge. Borghese does not accept credit cards.
Monday: closed. From Tuesday to Sunday: from 9.00am to 7.00pm in two-hour blocks.
I had reserved in advance for the Domus Aurea and the Borghese Gallery via
Email service: Service@romeguide.it
They charge a commission of course. My reservations were there as promised, you pay for the actual ticket when you arrive at the venue.
The Borghese Gallery was, after the Colosseum and Forum, the next best thing I did in Rome, including the Vatican.
The museum's website www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm
From journal Finally, Rome
Santa Monica, California
August 22, 2000
Although our guidebooks said it was difficult to get in without a reservation, we did not have problems getting tickets. Admission is timed and you are allowed in for 90 minutes-- probably not quite enough time to do it justice. Depending on where you are from, you might be able to get a student discount. Americans don't qualify though.
After visiting the museum, be sure to stroll around the villa. It makes for a great picnic spot and is a nice retreat from the crowds.
From journal Rome by Foot