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In Rome there is a park called Villa Borghese. The name derives from the Villa Borghese Pinciana, a palace located in the park. (Or other way round, the the park was originally set up around the villa).

The palace does not look very impressive from outside. But inside it contains a breathtaking art gallery called Galleria Borghese. It is not only the masterpieces of art like sculptures, paintings and even the furniture that make this Villa. The villa is a masterpiece in itself. When you enter you do not know at what to look at – the floors, the ceilings, the walls or sculptures, paintings or furniture. Basically you have this problem at many spots in Rome, but this place is summing it all up.

Another important thing about this place is that you have to reserve the ticket (a week or two before you plan to visit it) and you are allowed to enter only for the time span of two hours. The number of visitors at one time is limited. If you are inside, practically you can move around freely. You can focus at that what you want. In Rome it is not that usual. So among places where you have to queue to enter and then move among crowds those two hours are a time to relax and just contemplate the art.

But enough talk. Below a selection of photos I made at this place. At many photos you will see beautiful skirts. As we visited this place, it hosted an exhibition of haute couture skirts designed by Azzedine Alaia (>>>). Enjoy!

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