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Borghese Gallery: Ticket

1. Borghese Gallery: Ticket

Pre-book your ticket to one of Rome's most popular museums, the Borghese Gallery, and waste no time waiting in the ticket line. Once inside, admire the gallery's world-renowned collection of paintings and sculptures. First, make your way to the Villa Borghese Pinciana, the home of the Borghese Gallery. Skip the ticket line, then explore the 20 rooms of art in this famous museum. Marvel at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters of art. See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," Bernini's sculptures "Apollo and Daphne" and "David," and more. Prepare to be amazed by "David with the Head of Goliath," "Boy with a Basket of Fruit," and other paintings in the Caravaggio room. Discover the gallery's other highlights, such as Canova's "Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix." As well as exploring the museum, make time for a stroll around the villa's gardens to enjoy the views over the Piazza del Popolo and Rome's historic center.

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Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

2. Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

The Borghese Gallery is home to an incredible collection of art by masters such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Canova. Spend 2.5 hours touring the mansion with an expert guide. As you walk from room to room your guide will tell you some fascinating stories behind iconic works such as Raphael’s Entombment. One of the most appealing aspects of a Borghese Gallery visit is the museum’s small size. It’s feasible to cover the entire collection in time allotted. The small-group size of 15 or fewer people also keeps the experience intimate and friendly, so you can chat freely with your guide without disturbing the tranquility of the gallery. Access to Villa Borghese is limited to a certain number of visitors at any given time, making for a relaxed experience, but also creating a high level of demand. Securing Borghese tickets can be difficult, which is why you will benefit from reserved skip-the-line tickets, guaranteeing your entrance.

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Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

3. Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Skip the long lines to one of Rome’s most popular museums on a 2-hour guided tour of the Museo e Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery). Housed in a stunning villa just outside the Porta Pinciana, the collection has been described as the “Queen of all Private Art Collections.” One of the most interesting, charming, elegant and compact art museums in Rome, the collection is neither chronologically arranged, nor very ordinate. Instead, it is a personal, lovingly matched collection that reveals the personalities and tastes of 2 people: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest of the Baroque artists; and Scipione Cardinal Borghese, the greatest art collector, who initiated the Roman Baroque. Explore his passion for art, for which he had an infallible instinct, and his unscrupulousness in obtaining the works of art he wanted to posses. Highlights of the museum are many, but include Raffaello's “Woman with the Unicorn,” Domenichino's “Diana,” Botticelli's “Madonna and Child,” and Caravaggio's “David.” Marvel at Bernini's “Apollo and Daphne,” Canova's “Paolina,” and Tiziano's “Amor Sacro & Amor Profano.” Hear a never ending drama of untold stories about art being stolen from churches, artists being sent to jail, their workshops devastated by Borghese's confiscations, mysterious deaths, and other stories of intrigue and passion that explain how the Baroque could sometimes cost more than life itself.

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Rome: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Small Group Tour

4. Rome: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Small Group Tour

Discover the majestic beauty of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana in Rome, and see art treasures by Bernini, Carravagio, Titian and more. Located in one of Rome’s largest parks, the villa was commissioned in the early 1600s by the nephew of Pope Paul V, Cardinal Scipione Borghese. He used the villa to house his extensive art collection, before it was established as a public museum in 1903. A passionate guide will tell you interesting facts about the artists and their art as you wander the decorative rooms in a small group of no more than 6 people. Admire Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne," and hear the story behind Caravaggio’s "David with Goliath's Head," and Raphael’s "The Deposition." Entering the museum at 17:00, once the day time crowds have dispersed, will also provide the perfect opportunity to see the enchanting evening light as it bathes the marble sculptures. Wander the paths of the Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome’s 3rd largest park and discover a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city for locals and visitors alike. Highlights of the gardens include an unusual water clock and the Alpini monument to Italy’s elite mountain army corp.

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Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

5. Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Visit one of the best art museums in the world on a private 2-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery, Rome. Housed in the delightful Casina Borghese, outside the walls of the 17th-century city, the museum is home to the vast Borghese collection started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. Scipione was a patron of Bernini and fan of Caravaggio, and both are well represented in the gallery. Among the highlights you can see are Caravaggio’s “Sick Bacchus,” and “Boy with a Basket of Fruit.” Other represented artists include Raphael, Dossi and Rubens, while the pièce de résistance is the gallery's magnificent collection of sculptures by Bernini and Canova, such as “Apollo and Daphne,” “David,” “Ratto di Proserpina,” and “Pauline Bonaparte.” The Casina Borghese is a jewel of a 17th-century villa that is worthy of a visit in itself, just for its frescoes and décor, which will further delight your senses and enhance your tour.

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What people are saying about Borghese Gardens

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Seeing the Borghese was the one thing I wanted to see in detail whilst visiting Roma and so I spent a little extra on a private tour, well worth it! Anna, my guide, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, picked out a nice selection to focus on during our limited time (one could spend days there) and had some great stories to tell about how Borghese created his collection (hint, don’t say no to Borghese!). My fav thing to see was the Apollo and Daphne room where you can literally see Daphne transform into a tree! Back at my hotel which was the parc dei principi grand, suddenly all the random paintings on the wall came to life as many were copies of what I had explained to me in detail by Anna! Finally, one can only imagine the true splendore of the Borghese and all the grounds when it was in its original shape (like before Napoleon “borrowed a bunch of stuff”).

We highly recommend this tour of the Borghese Museum and this company. Luca made the tour one of the highlights of our trip. We have been to many museums around the world and this museum and the time with Luca was unique. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about each piece that he described to us. After the tour he even gave us some new locations to check out in the area. Thank you Luca!

Very informative and the guide didn't just state the obvious facts about the art... Totally recommended

Our guide was very knowledgable and fluent in English, we loved our tour!

Had a lovely tour with our guide Anna. she was knowledgeable and kind