Via Veneto ends at an ancient Roman gate in the Aurelian Walls, the Porta Pinciana, from where the Via Salaria used to lead off. The walls here and the gate itself still remain in good condition. Until the 19th century, the area outside the walls was almost entirely rural. The gardens of Villa Borghese extend right up to hereThe Villa, with its extraordinary art collection started off by Cardinal Scipione and expanded by other family members, passed to the Italian state in 1903. After many years of restoration, the gallery has finally reopened to the public.