on July 3, 2006
The incredible backdrop of the Galleria Borghese sets the tone for a dramatic and fascinating stroll through this incredible collection. We walked to the museum under a canopy of enormous trees and enjoyed locals too engrossed in their game of Bocci ball being played under the dappled sunshine to notice us.Our trip to Italy became the "Quest for Caravaggio" and in this museum we hit the jackpot (including "Sick Bacchus", "Boy with a Basket of Fruit", "Madonna dei Palafrenieri", "St. Jerome", "St. John the Baptiste" and "David with the Head of Goliath"). But, as much as I'm mystified by Caravaggio's work, I have to admit that I also became an admirer of Bernini's as well. His marble pieces are so true to life that you expect the pieces are going to keep running or leap off their pedestals. This museum has an incredible collection including those mentioned as well as Titian, Raphael, and Canova to name a few.The museum was completely renovated in 1997 and it's extraordinary. Only 300 visitors are allowed at a time. When we visited, admissions were only available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm and admission was €8.50—well worth it.
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