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Borghese or National Museum in Rome?

We'll be 3 weeks in Italy and will be seeing a lot of art and history along the way. One of my days in Rome is very full and I suspect I should eliminate either Borghese or the Natl Museum and not try to do both. Both have 3 triangles in Rick's book so both are great but for different reasons, I'm sure. Insights? Also - regarding the Roma Pass. The first 2 sights are free - I know most people use on the Colosseum and the Borghese. If I use the pass at Colosseum and national museum, is there any discount available for Borghese entry or do you end up paying full price? Thanks!

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It's a matter of personal preference, but I suspect most people here (myself included) would recommend the Borghese over the Nat'l Museum. The Borghese has the (dis?)advantage of limiting you to only a 2 hour window, so if you are tight on time, that might be a better option, or you might be able to fit it in somewhere else?

As I recall, there is a small discount for using the Roma Pass at the third+ site, but since we didn't do this, I don't have any details.

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Borghese! The Bernini sculptures, especially, will take your breath away.

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I love the national museum... If my memory is correct the hours are a bit longer on some day (or were) so we were able to shoe horn it in when some other things were closed. I wouldn't budget a half day for it but its well worth an hour or two.. I could also see hitting it for a bit on the way to or the way from the train station depending on where you are staying.

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+1 for the Borghese. One of my favorite art museums in Europe.

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Borghese it is for this trip. Natl Museum for the next one. Thanks everyone!

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Kay, I went at the 5pm reservation time and I was basically there by myself. It was so wonderful to be able to get very close to the amazing works of art. This collection is like no other. Have fun on your trip!

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Any sight after the first two has a discount, about 30% off the price. To me the Borghese and National Museum are not really comparable, so it depends on what you like. Borghese is all Renaissance art while the National Museum focuses on ancient art and artifacts. But if I had to pick either the National or Borghese, I'd pick the Borghese. The Capitoline Museum is more similar in content to the National Museum, and I liked the Capitoline better than the National.

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Vatican City is its own sovereign state--hence, those sites are not included on the Roma Pass, issued by the Italian government.

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Rick's guidebook says the first 2 sights are free and then a discount (around 30% ) for all other sites visited within the 3 days. So the discount would apply to the Borghese if you used the free entry on 2 other sites first. I noticed the Vatican/museums are not listed on the sites that can be used with the pass-does anyone know if these are not included in the Roma Pass? Thanks!

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Karen, the Vatican is not included on the Roma pass, according to RonInRome, who has a good discussion of the Passes.

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thanks for the info on the discount. I hadn't seen that. I just made my reservation this morning. The free callback feature wasn't working or available. I ended up calling by Skype. When you call the Borghese number listed on the website, the first message is all in Italian (listing the press 1, press 2 options). I could tell what to press but if you wait past the Italian, they will repeat everything in English. An English-speaking operator answered, took my date, time, name, and number of reservations. She gave me a confirmation code and I was done.

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Good to know-and thanks for the info about the Vatican!