The villa was built by the Borghese family, whose importance in the Roman aristocracy grew when Camillo Borghese was elected Pope in 1605 under the name of Paolo V. Starting from March 1613, works of the important collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, were transferred to the villa on the Pincio.
Scipione Borghese was a passionate collector, who stopped at nothing (including extortion and theft) while acquiring new works
During the seventeenth century, he formed one of the largest collections of Italian art.
For each artist he tried to acquire different works, representative of the different evolutions of his style.
Now Galleria Borghese is considered one of the most important museums in the world, for its precious collection of masterpieces. Between them you can see Canova's sculpture "Venus", the portrait of Paolina Bonaparte, to celebrate her wedding with Camillo Borghese, Bernini's mythological "Apollo and Daphne", Caravaggio self portrait as Baccus, the god of wine, Raphael's "Lady with unicorn" and many others.
The villa is surrounded by a beautiful and large park, considered the green heart of Rome. At the exit of the museum you can relax walking through its avenues, to discover its wonders, such as the water clock: the flow of water moves the pendulum and charges the ringtone.
In hot days of Summer wear a hat and comfortable shoes. Do not forget also to bring camera to take pictures of the great sites you will see
Shoulders and kness should be covered when entering churches
Bring a bottle of water with you that you can refill from the beautiful and fresh fountains of Rome with great drinkable water