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The Italian Job: Rome, Part II

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An October 2004 trip to Rome by KJP

Borghese Gallery and Museum (Galleria Borghese) Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: In this second installment covering eleven days in Italy, we direct our attention closer to our temporary home near Rome’s Piazza Navonna. Join us as we explore the neighborhood and venture north and east to Piazza Barberini, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, and more.

Borghese Gallery and Museum (Galleria Borghese)

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Borghese Gallery and Museum (Galleria Borghese) Photo, Rome, Italy
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Villa Borghese, located just north of the Spanish Steps, is Rome’s largest public park. Originally a vineyard, the area was converted to a park by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. The villa was constructed from a sketch by the cardinal himself. The city of Rome acquired the grounds from the wealthy Borghese family in 1902, and the park was opened to the public. Today, Villa Borghese offers a surprisingly peaceful respite from Rome’s bustling pace and is home to numerous museums, including the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and the ...Read More

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Borghese Gallery and Museum (Galleria Borghese)
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
Rome, Italy 00197
+39 068413979

Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna

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Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna Photo, Rome, Italy
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You’ve got some energy for another museum, yet you long for a change of pace from all Rome’s antiquities and a reprieve from the large crowds that perpetually haunt its most popular attractions and piazzas. The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna might be just what you’re looking for. This oft-overlooked museum houses a collection of 19th- through mid-20th-century Italian paintings and sculptures. In addition, the museum has a nice selection of works by non-Italian artists from the same period, including Delacroix, Rodin, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, van Gogh, Pollack, Giacometti, and Klimt....Read More

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Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna
Via delle Belle Arti, 131
Rome, Italy 00196
+39 06322981

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica a Palazzo Corsini

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica a Palazzo Corsini Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art), has been housed in the stunning Palazzo Barberini since 1949. Just to the east of Piazza Barberini, this beautiful palace occupies the site where a vineyard, Vigna Sforza, once stood. Constructed for Maffeo Barberini, who became Pope Urban VIII, Piazza Barberini was designed by Carlo Maderno. But when Maderno died in 1629, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini completed the work, adding design elements of their own as the structure was completed. Purchased by the Italian government to house the museum, part of th...Read More

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica a Palazzo Corsini
Via della Lungara, 10
Rome, Italy 00165
+39 0668802323

Piazza del Popolo

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Piazza del Popolo Photo, Rome, Italy
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Piazza del Popolo offered my first real glimpse of Rome. After our overnight flight, we’d taken the train to Termini, where we got on the subway’s Line A to the Flaminio stop. In truth, we should have exited at Spagna, since it was closer to our hotel. Chalking up that minor blunder to our fatigue, we somehow managed to extricate ourselves from the subway car intact with our luggage. It was so crowded, I felt certain the poor people who had been stuck standing behind me were now wearing zipper marks on their faces from my double backpack. But here we were. It was perhaps 10am, the weather a little cool but comfortable. ...Read More

Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo
Rome, Italy 00187

Piazza Barberini

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Piazza di Spagna Photo, Rome, Italy
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Having endured the onslaught of tourists at Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain, we turned our attention to just a few blocks away, where the flood of tourists slowed to a trickle. Piazza Barberini is situated due north of the Giardini di Quirinale and completes a loose triangle with the Spanish Steps to the northwest and the Trevi to the southwest. While it’s neither among the Eternal City’s largest nor its most beautiful piazzas, it is home to one of Bernini’s most famous fountains, and, in addition, there are enough noteworthy points of int...Read More

Rome Without the Monuments

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Giolitti Photo, Rome, Italy
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More by luck rather than by design, on my first trip to Paris, my chosen accommodations, while further away from some of the major attractions than I might have liked, proved to be in a pleasant neighborhood delightfully void of other tourists.Traveling solo and during off-season, I recall feeling somewhat like an eavesdropper walking a few blocks from my hotel on Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement to get my first glimpses of daily Parisian life. The streets were illuminated with holiday lights, and something of a flea market had sprung up on the perimeter of the nearby Place de la Nation, with vendors selling Christmas trees and other holiday wares. It wa...Read More
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Photo, Rome, Italy
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A van Gogh Masterpiece in RomeI stood inside the nearly empty href=http://www.gnam.arti.beniculturali.it/gnamco.htm target=_NEW>Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna on a rainy October afternoon in Rome. I was looking at Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of a Young Peasant. His portrait of L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux) hung beside it. Both canvases were painted during Vincent’s yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, between May 1889 and May ...Read More