Nestled within the verdant Villa Borghese park, Galleria Borghese is one of Rome’s most noteworthy museums. The garden villa was commissioned in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, an avid art collector, to house his impressive collection of Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art. With its extraordinary Bernini sculptures and numerous paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian the museum is a jewel that demonstrates the power of art sponsorship and reflects the personal finesse of Scipione Borghese.
Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Italy, +39 06 841 3979
The sumptuous Galleria Doria Pamphili has a prime location on the city’s bustling Via del Corso and yet it feels like an undiscovered secret: you’d never tell this palazzo houses such regal treasures within it. The gallery contains one of the largest private art collections in Rome and includes important works by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, Guercino and Domenichino. The highlight of the collection is Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of Innocent X as well as the magnificent Gallery of Mirrors, a frescoed hall with vaulted ceilings and ornate gilded mirrors.
Palazzo Doria Pamphili: Via del Corso, 305, Rome, Italy, +39 06 679 7323