Galleria Borghese: 5 reasons you should visit this awesome museum

The Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery in English) is one of Rome’s must-see museums: it is inside the Villa Borghese park and surrounded by the greenery and beauty of its gardens. The villa used to be the summer and party mansion of the Borghese family and now it belongs to the Italian state.

galleria-borghese-treasureromeFollowing are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it out!

  1. Famous paintings and sculptures of all time. You can admire some of the most famous works by Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova. The Boghese Gallery has two floors and a basement, where you cand find the ticket office, the Museum shop and a cafè. The main floor is mostly devoted to great sculptures like Bernini’s “Apollo and Daphne” and Canova’s “Pauline Bonaparte” and some of the major artworks by Caravaggio like “Boy with a basket of fruit”; the other one hosts 16th, 17th and 18th centuries paintings by Rubens, Raphael and Titian, among others.
  2. You can find different kinds of artworks: from Ancient Roman sculptures to the Egyptian art; from the Mannerist paintings of the 16th century to the breathtaking sculptures of 17th century. The villa itself is a piece of art: walls and ceilings are magnificently adorned.
  3. The museum is never really crowded, because they only allow 360 people at once. You must reserve in advance (booking requires for all ticket types) and choose the time you’ll be there: you have two hours to complete your visit.
  4. The museum is in the Villa Borghese park and you can have a walk before (or after) your visit, which is always a nice experience. 
  5. You can nourish your soul and spend a lovely morning or afternoon in one of the most beautiful places in the Eternal city, just a few steps away from its most famous monuments and piazzas.
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Bernini’s “Rape of Proserpina “

The Borghese Gallery is open Tuesday-sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. It is closed Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1. It is free the first Sunday of the month (but you need to book anyway). The Borghese Gallery is one of the sites available to visit with the Roma Pass. Audio guides are available for hire in Italian English, Spanish and German. For more information you can visit the website www.gebart.it.

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Christmas traditions in Rome (and Italy)

The holiday spirit is everywhere, all throughout the country: Christmas is a major festivity in Italy and there are a lot of traditions that make it unique. We call it “Natale”: not only a very important religious feast day, but also a family-centric holiday, a great opportunity to stay at home with all the loved ones.

The Christmas season officially kicks off with the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, on December 8. Decorations are all around: lights, Christmas trees and nativity scenes both in piazzas, streets and inside homes. There are also Christmas markets, events and a real magic atmosphere. Rome is more charming than ever.

Piazza Venezia (Photo credit: tomasalvarez6916)

Piazza Venezia (Photo credit: tomasalvarez6916)

On Christmas Eve (la Vigilia), we don’t eat meat because we need to purify our bodies. Families have dinner together with vegetables and fish based recipes: like salmon,codfish or shrimps. Someone doesn’t eat anything during the day in order to have dinner earlier and enjoy the evening. After the family dinner, many of us head to midnight Mass at the local church. Many Romans can even go to the Vatican for Mass with the Pope! During the night, Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) brings gifts to children.

Piazza San Pietro (Photo credit: @alessandradisomma)

Piazza San Pietro (Photo credit: @alessandradisomma)

On Christmas Day, we usually spend our time with our family and friends for a lunch that usually goes on the whole day. We eat traditional pasta (like lasagna or pasta in broth), roasted meat and lots of sweets like panettone, pandoro and torrone. Between the lunch and the dinner, we usually play cards or tombola (bingo). We exchange presents and have fun together. Celebrations extend into December 26, with the National holiday of Santo Stefano: lunch, dinner and family time again.

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The official end of the Christmas season isn’t until January 6—the Day of the Epiphany: children get sweets (if they have been good during the year) and there are a lot of events for them in Rome.

We love Christmas…And you?

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” (Norman Vincent Peale)

 

Rome with kids, a great adventure

The little ones will love Rome, just like their parents, because there are many attractions for them. They’ll probably be seduced by the splendor of the Eternal City- we are sure they will never forget anything- but there’s even something more if they want to have fun. You only have to choose what you want to do first: be prepared to check an exciting to-do list.

Ready to start?

LUNEUR PARK

Once it was one of the most famous park in Italy. It has been closed for a while, but the Luneur Park in Rome’s southern EUR suburb reopened on 27 October. There are 25 attractions at the seven-hectare park, including the original 23m-high ferris wheel- the Brucomela roller coaster-, carousel horses and teacups, as well as new attractions such as the bamboo tunnel, the giant swing and the Wizard of Oz-style farm. Moreover, you can also find shows, events and workshops for children.  

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Luneur (Photo credit: @emanu_ela75-Instagram)

THE ZOO OF VILLA BORGHESE

Kids love animals, so why don’t you plan a visit to the “Bioparco” of Rome? 200 different species of animals from 5 continents: it offers families a rich calendar of events all year round and it is surrounded by the beauty and greenery of Villa Borghese.

EXPLORA, THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

It is the first non-profit and privately owned permanent museum conceived for children, schools and families. Explora consists of the museum’s exhibit pavilion, a free-access green area with a  well-equipped playground, a kitchen dedicated to food education workshops, a bookshop, a gift shop, a restaurant, a cafeteria and a parking area. This museum ensures unforgettable moments to your kids.

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Botanical Garden of Rome is one of the Museums of the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome. It covers an area of about 30 acres in the heart of the city, close to Colle del Gianicolo, and it is full of many kinds of plants and trees. It’s a place which can teach a lot to your children and where they can admire the strength and beauty of Nature.

Botanical Garden (Photo credit: @fede_fo-Instagram)

Botanical Garden (Photo credit: @fede_fo-Instagram)

RAINBOW MAGICLAND

It’s the biggest amusement park of Rome, situated outside the city (Valmontone area) with connections from Termini station. It has 38 attractions and a wide range of shows and events, as well as restaurants, bars, gift shops and picnic areas. Close to the fun park you can find a nice outlet (Valmontone outlet). It’s a good solution to spend a whole day all together outside the city.

CINECITTA’ WORLD

Cinecittà World is also situated outside the city and has been conceived inside real film studios that have hosted international productions. On its website this park is described as “A blockbuster based on few ingredients, all successful: stunning rides, oscar-winning theming, themed dining experiences”. Events, shows and animations are also planned every day.

Monti neighborhood (Photo credit: @alessandra.bedendo-Instagram)

Monti neighborhood (Photo credit: @alessandra.bedendo-Instagram)

And after a pleasant day, Monti neighborhood will welcome you for your dinner: a truly Roman atmosphere and nice restaurants for families.