on June 15, 2008
For this museum you have to book ahead, whether it be by phone, in person, or over the internet. However, they did not make us pay ahead of time. You are given a 2 hour time frame in which you are allowed in the museum. We went at the last time of the day. When our time was up the cafe and souveneir shop were closed - if we had wanted anything we would have had to go their first. There is a coatcheck available.The amount of artwork in this museum is extensive - just like everywhere in Rome though. Since your time is limited and the art is everywhere (don't forget to check out the ceilings) some type of guide is highly recommended. We took a guide book with us that gave some of the highlights to see. We would occasionally come across guided groups and listened in on some descriptions of some of the art. If you are not knowledgable about art a guided tour can be very educational.I was most impressed by the Bernini sculptures.Caravaggio, Raphael, and Rubens are some of the other famous artists who have work displayed here.The Galleria Borghese is located in a nice park, one of the few green spaces we saw in the city. It is a short walk from 2 metro stops. Just outside the park, there are some good restaurants.
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