Private Half Day Walking Tour to the Borghese Gallery (3 hours)
The Borghese Gallery is one of Europe’s finest art collections, housed in an elegant suburban villa built for the Cardinal Scipione Borghese at the beginning of the 16th century. Many of its ceilings have some of the most remarkable frescoes of the late 1700’s, perfectly preserved. This gallery is sure to impress you, with its paintings by the masters: Raphael with his touching Deposition from the Cross, Titian’s masterpiece in pure Venetian style of Sacred and Profound Love, and Caravaggio, a controversial but ingenious and innovative 17th century painter with his unique use of “chiaroscuro” (darkness and light) and profound subjects such as David with the Head of Goliath. Scipione was an important patron of the arts and sought to acquire ancient sculptures which you will also admire inside the Villa, but above all else he was the first patron of the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the genius of the Baroque who mastered the ability to defy gravity successfully. You will experience the power, courage and emotion of Bernini’s David; the fear emanating from the young Proserpina in the Rape of Proserpina; feel the extreme desperation of the Apollo and Daphne, when Daphne is caught in the extraordinary moment just as her flesh transforms into a tree while escaping from Apollo’s grasp. The visit will culminate with a tribute to the grace and smoothness of the marble used in the sculpture of Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova, a sophisticated work of Napoleon’s sister which was made for her husband, a member of the Borghese family.
English speaking Guide service for 3 hours
Entrance Tickets to the Borghese Gallery
Sedan car transfer with English speaking Driver from the Hotel to the Borghese Gallery and return
Minivan transfer with English speaking Driver from the Hotel to the Borghese Gallery and return
Meals, Drinks and Extras to be paid locally