Galleria Borghese#16 in Best Things To Do in Rome
A favorite among travelers to Rome, the Galleria Borghese is half-villa/half-museum, and it has some resplendent gardens too. Originally commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 17th century to shelter his massive art collection, it's now considered one of the premier art galleries in the city. The villa's extravagant rooms, spread across two floors, are filled with famous works, including Canova's Venus Victrix, Bernini's sculptures David and Apollo and Daphne, and Caravaggio's "Boy with a Basket of Fruit" and "David and Goliath," among other masterpieces.
Recent visitors said that because the gallery regulates how many visitors are in the gallery at one time (a maximum of 360 people), viewing the works by Caravaggio and Bernini was a very intimate and pleasurable experience. Make sure you hold onto your ticket throughout your entire visit – according to past travelers, you'll be asked to present your ticket if you need to use the on-site restrooms.
Note that tickets need to be reserved in advance; you're given an entry and exit time, so you should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early. According to past visitors, tickets tend to sell out quickly, so book your spot well in advance. Tickets cost 15 euros (about $18.50) for adults and 10 euros (about $12.30) for children. If you have the Roma Pass, your admission fee is covered. Sessions are two hours. Also, keep in mind that the Galleria Borghese is closed on Mondays; it welcomes visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. You'll find it off the Spagna metro stop. Several buses also service the area. For more information, visit the Galleria Borghese's website.
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#1 Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Finished in the mid-1700s, the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. The god of the sea, Oceanus, emerges from the pool, flanked by his trusty Tritons. The fountain underwent an extensive, mutlimillion euro restoration and reopened in its full splendor in November 2015.
According to Roman lore, throwing one, two or three coins into the Trevi, with your right hand over your left shoulder ensures you'll return to Rome; you'll fall in love with an attractive Roman; and you'll marry that same Roman.
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