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.

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  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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“Triumphs and Laments”: a special way to discover the history of Rome

Victories and defeats, glory and shame, centuries of history and magnificence. “Triumphs and Laments: a project for Rome” is a major new work by the South African artist William Kentridge on the Lungotevere. It was inspired by the Eternal City: 500 meter-long-frieze of more than eighty figures up to ten metres high.  

"Triumphs and Laments" (Photo credit: @lalentina)

“Triumphs and Laments” (Photo credit: @lalentina on Instagram)

We loved this project at first sight because we also love what the river Tiber represents. A lot of people spend their spare time there jogging, talking, kissing, walking or enjoying the sun. Now it’s like doing all these things being surrounded by art, history, culture and grace at the same time.

“Triumphs and Laments” was realized using the biological growth and the pollution which make the travertine stones of the walls dark: they were washed away to model a series of different and astonishing images.

"Triumphs and Laments" by night

“Triumphs and Laments” by night

On April 21, the birthday of Rome, its Grand Opening took place thanks to Roma Capitale and Tevereterno. The show featured live dancing shadows and two musical processions- one for the Triumphs, the other one for the Laments- which met at the centre of the masterpiece. Everything seemed to come alive. It was a suggestive show which involved more than forty musicians and vocalists. The public was on the other side of the river or above, on the Ponte Sisto, touched by its great beauty.

Triumphs and Laments- the premiere on April 21

Over the years the stones will darken again and the images will disappear. This is the essence of the project: it’s ephemeral.

Hurry up: time goes by, get this opportunity and enjoy this part of Rome dreaming about past and future.

http://www.triumphsandlaments.com/

When Art meets people. Tor Marancia, a (Roman) story of beauty and authenticity

Rome can tell a lot of stories. It’s easy for a city that has such a great past and continue surprising the world with its Eternal soul.

Today we want to tell you a contemporary story, which only has a couple of years. It takes place in Tor Marancia, a neighborhood close to the more famous Eur. There’s a built up area of council houses, which were erected a the beginning of the Fifties in order to restore it to a healthy condition, that is now celebrating a second life.

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“Shanghai” (the ancient name of this area) by Caratoes.

Tor Marancia is a stunning open air museum thanks to the “Big City Life” Project, which brought International street artists in Rome. They spent some time in that special neighborhood, They had lunch with the Romans who live there. They were a big family for a while. Traditions, inspirations and passion are on those walls: a human and artistic experience which left a deep mark.

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“Il bambino redentore” by Seth

This paint is dedicated to a child who used to live in Tor Marancia and was hit by a car while playing with his ball.

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“Il peso della storia” by Jaz

"Hic sunt adamentes" by Diamond

“Hic sunt adamentes” by Diamond

“There are diamonds here”. A very strong message for a place which is considered not equal to other neighborhood of the city for economic and social reasons.

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“Veni Vidi Vinci” by Lek & Sowat

No mistakes. “Vinci” is a guy with disability who lives in this building.

"Il vento" by Moneyless

“Il vento” by Moneyless

“Il vento” (The wind): a title chosen by a old lady who lives in this building.

We spent two hours surrounded by the authentic Roman atmosphere, looking at the magnificence of Art, breathing joy and real emotions. Thanks to Roma Sparita, that organized this tour, we discovered a lot of nice anedoctes on this project.

Give yourself a really special gift: visit Tor Marancia for an unique experience.