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Borghese Museum Visit - Rome Part 3

This is the final part of our visit to Rome. With this we will have seen the major attractions of Rome. We left out hotel after the lunch and rest.

The visitors are scheduled with assigned time slots and ours was 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We could walk to Borghese from our hotel. It took perhaps 20 minutes. Our local guide in Rome met us at the entrance which is the center door at the façade of the gallery.

Galleria Borghese once called the 'Elysium of delights' is truly a delightful place, especially the vast and beautiful garden. The gallery houses paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian and others. The most outstanding sculptures are of Bernini, quite a few of them in one place. The Rape of Proserpina; Apollo and Daphne and David are more well-known sculptures of Bernini. One must go around and round these sculptures to appreciate these Baroque masterpieces from different angles as the related story slowly unfolds.

You will also find the beautiful sculpture of sister of Napoleon 1 reclining on a divan.

The garden surrounding the gallery is quite extensive which also includes the aviary and the secret gardens. We did not try to enter the secret gardens but the English style garden at the rear of the gallery was very nice despite the lack of flowers. We could see the lime bushes and citrus plants heavy with limes.

The Venus fountain placed central to the garden behind the gallery provided the perfect backdrop for the gallery.

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Here are some pictures of our visit to the Borghese.

Picture on the right : Bernini

We were quite tired and we wanted to try a different place to eat. we chose 44 Osteria which was right next to the hotel. As I entered I knew we made a mistake. There is very little vegetarian on the menu. Our Middle east server tried his level best to accommodate but it was not a place to eat. Since I was not having wine, the whole thing started looking ludicrous.  However, the restaurant had good reviews although quite pricey.

Source: Copied from TripAdvisor site

We continue our journey tomorrow to Orvieto in south western Umbria.

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: He writes articles on several topics to many sites.