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“Poor Attitudes and Even Worse Facilities”
Review of Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese
Ranked #5 of 2,023 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum in the beautiful setting of Villa Borghese in Rome preserves sculptures, reliefs and ancient mosaics, and paintings and sculptures from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The collection, made up initially by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early seventeenth century, preserves masterpieces of Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Beautiful art, but they need some help !

The attitude of the staff was RUDE, RUDE, RUDE ! They could learn something from theme parks that know how to handle crowds and treat them properly and nicely.

In addition, the facilities need help. Before you can use the restrooms, you MUST show a purchased ticket. Once inside there are no toilet seats, no bathroom tissue, no soap and towel dispensers that don't work. Plus, several of the stall doors have been kicked in.

For a museum that is sold out in advance and bringing in money, they need some up-grades and some staff training.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Borghese Gallery probably surpasses any other art museum I've been to (except Sistine Chapel), with the wall to ceiling coverage of ornate paintings, amazing Bernini sculptures that look like he sculpted with butter instead of marble. Timed entry of 2 hours, which is actually the right amount of time since there are very few available seating opportunities, and 2 hours of saturated art beauty is enough for me. The grounds around Borghese are also beautiful, remind me of Central Park in NY and idyllic to come relax even if not to visit the gallery.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

If going to the Galleria Borghese, defintely go with a guide. There's so much to see and your time is limited to 2 hours, and a guide is able to pick out the most interesting pieces in each room. We had an excellent one from City Wonders (Angela). Paintings by Caravaggio and Titian, sculptures by Bernini, the list goes on and on. Afterwards the surrounding parkland, which is free to enter of course, provides a very pleasant area to stroll in.
High security, you'll need to leave most of your belongings when you go in so take the minimum. The toilets are grossly inadequate for the number of visitors, the tours normally give a 10-minute break but be prepared to queue, even for the men.

1  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Galleria Borghese is a must see however it may be difficult to get in. Tickets must be reserved online and spaces sell out quickly.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Fantastic collection of Bernini statues and Carravagio. Booking is essential and can be done online. Allow two hours, although you only get half an hour in the picture gallery.

Thank Kathryn P
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