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"Villa Borghese is the most..." Rome Local Custom Tip by AndreasK

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<b>Villa Borghese</b> is the most famous villa in Rome built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese early in the 17th century. At the beginning of the 19th century Prince Camillo Borghese set up the art collection in the casino which today is where the gallery and the Borghese museum stand. Currently, the gallery hosts a foto exhibition showing Marylin Monroe (see my travelogue for a picture of the exhibition). There is also the Garden of the Lake, thus called because it stretches around an artificial lake and a small temple dedicated to Aesculapius on an islet in the middle of the lake. The best known entrances to the park are: Piazzale Flaminio, Porta Pinciana, the Pincio Gardens, Viale Belle Arti next to the Modern Art National Gallery. The villa also hosts the zoo, set up in 1911.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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