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My first full day in Rome!

One of the best sites I've missed in Rome is the Borghese Gallary.  According to Rick Steves you need to need reservations to get in, and reservations are typically sold out days in advance.  I checked on my iPhone - they had a reservation available for first thing Thursday morning!.  I tried to book a reservation but I wasn't able to get 'verified by visa'.  I called Chase and after a lengthy phone call I was able to get a reservation while I walked about a mile and a half over to the Borghese. 

This page has nearly 150 pictures from the Borghese Gallary and National Museum of Rome... and not much else!

Bernini's The Rape of Proserpina
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You no longer enter through the front door or main entry hall, you now enter in the back in room IV, Bernini's The Rape of Proserpina

Bernini's The Rape of Proserpina
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Diana the Hunter - Greek 1st century

Bernin's Apollo and Daphne
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Room III - Bernin's Apollo and Daphne

Bernin's Apollo and Daphne
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Bernin's Apollo and Daphne
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Bernin's Apollo and Daphne
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Bernini's David

Room II  - Bernini's David

Bernini's David
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Canova's Pauline Borgehese as Venus

Room 1 - Canova's Pauline Borgehese (Napoleon's sister) as Venus

Canova's Pauline Borgehese as Venus
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Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
Note the first century Greek Falling Horse in the upper left, the rider was added by Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall


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Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall

Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall

Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall

Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall
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Gladiators in Borghese Galleria Main Entry Hall


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Bernini's Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius
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Room VI - Bernini's Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius


Bernini's Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius
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Bernini's Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius


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Young Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio c 1593
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Young Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio c 1593

Saint Jerome Writing by Caravaggio c 1606
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Saint Jerome Writing by Caravaggio c 1606

Madonna, Child, and Serpant by Caravaggio c 1605 - 1606
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Madonna, Child, and Serpant by Caravaggio c 1605 - 1606

St John the Baptist by Caravaggio c 1610
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St John the Baptist by Caravaggio c 1610

Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio c 1593
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Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio c 1593


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Caravaggio as Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio
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David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio

The Last Supper by Jacopo Bassano c 1546
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The Last Supper by Jacopo Bassano c 1546

Deposition by Peter Paul Rubens c 1602
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Deposition by Peter Paul Rubens c 1602

Sacred and Profane Love - Titian
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Sacred and Profane Love - Titian


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Portrait of a Man - Raphael, 1502

Lady with a Unicorn by Raphael c 1505
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Lady with a Unicorn by Raphael c 1505


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The Deposition by Raphael  c 1507

Virgin and Child with Six Angels and the Baptist - Botticelli
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Virgin and Child with Six Angels and the Baptist - Botticelli

DanaŽ by Correggio c 1531
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DanaŽ by Correggio c 1531



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Borghese Gallerria

On the hike back from the Borghese Gallerria I bought a Gusto Limone Gatorade and was immediately hooked.
For the rest of the trip I looked for Gusto Limone Gatorade at every train station and convenience store to quench my thirst
I later was disappointed to learn you can't buy it in the States, and I can't find anything that tastes like it...


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Porta Pinciana

I made a quick 20 minute visit to the Cappuccin Crypt - they don't allow pics. 
After two previous failed attempted on different trips, I finally got to Santa Maria della Vittoria Church when it was open.  Unfortunately they were holding mass for St Peter and Paul Day and I wasn't able to see Bernini's St Teresa in Ecstacy from the back of the church.
I stopped by the Baths of Diocletian but they were also holding mass so I couldn't get a good look at the 'sundial' on the floor.

Finally I got to the National Museum of Rome. 
I'd been here only once before in 2003 and didn't get to see the entire collection. 
The collection was better than I remembered, and is on par with the collections in the museums in Naples and Lyon.


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For dinner I headed to Rick Steves' recommended Osteria Delle Coppelle.  The beer and food were great.


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Crostino toscano
Bruschetta with tuscan liver pate', pepper, orange, saf\ge, laurel

Panzerotto dello chef
Savory oven-baked turnover, stuff with buffala mozzarella, datterino tomatoes, basil

The pate' was fantastic and the turnover was great.

The Affligem was also top notch, my new favorite Belgian


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Salmon tartare - fine but flavourless, a but of a disappointment.


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An order too far, I wasn't really this hungry...

Mousse di mortadella e focaccia al rosmarino
Mortadella (Pork) mousse adn rosemary focaccia with pistachio, pepper and parmesan cheese

another pate

way too greasy french fries


The Vatican Museum is open on Friday nights in the summer, and I was able to book a reservation to see the museum tomorrow night!

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