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Anchoring Rome are numerous large-scale wonders of art and architecture, ranging from the Colosseum to the oasis that is the Vatican. Compared to other international destinations, the Borghese Museum and Gallery may seem small, but it still delivers in a big way.
Regularly cited as a gem of the Roman art scene, the Borghese is home to the once-private collection of the noble Borghese family. According to Travel + Leisure, the house went bankrupt in the late 1800s, giving way to one of the most treasured - if diminutive - public art museums in all of Rome. With just 20 rooms, only 360 visitors are allowed on the ground floor and only 90 on the upper floor, according to Frommer's, making reservations a must.
They're worth it, however, the Borghese family had managed to collect some of the greatest Italian masterpieces throughout history. Famed paintings by Bernini, Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio reside at the gallery alongside sculptures by Bernini. As Frommer's noted, it all began with Scipione Borghese who had already acquired many important works by the time he died in 1633. While many of the works acquired by Borghese now call the Louvre home, art aficionados will still find a showcase of all that classic Italian art has to offer.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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