The most beautiful residence of Rome was built in 1613
by the Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of the pope
Paul V, to receive the Roman society and to delight his friends
with a splendid collection of precious works of art, ancient pieces
discovered in Rome or modern ones commissioned to famous artists
of the time.
To build a residence worthy of his status he employed two great
architects of the time Flaminio Ponzio and Vasanzio.
The guide will take you through the splendid fresco-painted galleries
showing you the masterpieces of the collection of sculpture: "Apollo
& Dafne" sculpted by adolescent G.L. Bernini,
whose genius was immediately perceived by the cardinal, "David"
sculpted when the artist was 21, "The Rape of Proserpina"
another of Bernini's youthful works, "Ermaphrodite",
a copy from a Hellenic original, "Aeneas and Anchises"
sculpted by Bernini with his father's help and one sculpture
of his maturity "Truth". You will then see Canova's
masterpiece "Victorious Venus", sensual portrait
of Paoline Borghese, wife of Camillo Borghese and
sister of Napoleon.
The picture Gallery houses a collection of great paintings
of the early and late Renaissance, belonging to the
Borghese family and which were once inside the main residence
in town. You will admire "Madonna dei Palafrenieri"
and "Bacco malato" by Caravaggio, "Sacred
and Profane Love" by Titian, "Deposition"
by Raphael, "Danae" by Correggio and paintings
by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenichino
At the end of the visit a lovely walk through the park will lead
us to Porta Pinciana, Roman Gate of the Aurelian
Passing the Walls we enter Via Veneto, the most famous
street of Rome. The guide will take you to one of its famous cafès
and sitting at its tables you will have time for a cup of coffee
reviving, through the anecdotes of the guide, the years of "The
Sweet Life" by Federico Fellini.
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