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Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn about Cardinal Borghese's vast art collection and the stories behind each piece on this guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Stroll along shady lanes among sculptures and tranquil fountains. Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned both the Villa Borghese itself and many of the great works still on display in its gallery. Works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Titian remain in their original settings, as envisioned by the Cardinal, a fiercely determined collector. Strictly-controlled entry to the Villa and Gallery can make booking difficult and complicated. This package lets you avoid the organizing and even skip the line to get in when you arrive. During this fully-guided tour you’ll hear more about Cardinal Borghese’s quest to complete his collection, and the stories behind the artworks themselves, including Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne", Canova’s "Pauline Bonaparte", Caravaggio’s "St. Jerome" and Raphael’s "The Deposition". Your guide will be an English speaker and an expert on the collection, and audio headsets ensure you’ll hear every word they say. The tour also includes a visit to the Borghese Gardens: once the Cardinal’s private park, now a favorite spot for locals to relax among sculptures, plants, and water features, and get away from it all. From the Pincio Terrace, you can appreciate another kind of work of art: the vista of Rome itself, from the Piazza del Popolo in the distance.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

2. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour limited to 15 people. Take advantage of the option to pre-book your ticket, knowing that this popular attraction often sells out in advance. Secure your entrance to one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Once inside, admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like Young Sick Bacchus, and Boy with a Basket of Fruit. You'll also see Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures collection, including works like Apollo and Daphne and “Paolina Bonaparte, as well as Raffaello’s Entombment of Christ. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, stories, and painting techniques behind the masterpieces in one of the world’s most beautiful art museums.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour with Tickets

3. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour with Tickets

Visit one of the most important museums in Rome, the Borghese Gallery, on a guided tour. Make the most of your reserved entry ticket and save precious time by skipping the waiting lines. Listen as your art historian guide brings the masterpieces of artwork to life with fascinating stories. Meet your tour guide outside the gallery and start with a brief introduction to the museum. Explore 20 rooms spread across 2 floors. Soak in overhead frescoes, Roman floor mosaics, and magnificent sculptures at every turn. Expect to be dazzled by world-renowned artworks from Bernini's captivating "Apollo and Daphne" to Raphael's "The Deposition". Go to the Caravaggio room to look at paintings such as "David with the Head of Goliath" and the "Boy with a Basket of Fruit." 

Rome: Skip-the-Line Borghese Gallery Tour

4. Rome: Skip-the-Line Borghese Gallery Tour

Explore the world-famous artworks of the Borghese Gallery and its enchanting surroundings on an insightful tour. Access the site with skip-the-line tickets, then take a mesmerizing walk through this unmissable gallery. Take in outstanding views of Rome from the gardens. Meet your guide and take advantage of your priority tickets to walk right in without waiting in line. Immerse yourself in the fascinating pieces that cover the gallery with the help of your guide's detailed commentary. Take your time to savor the beautiful and inspiring artworks created by some of the greatest artists in the country, such as Bernini, Raffaello, Caravaggio, and Canova. After your tour, enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens of Villa Borghese and admire panoramic views of Rome.

Rome: Galleria Borghese Museum Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Rome: Galleria Borghese Museum Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

The Galleria Borghese is among the most famous art galleries in Rome. This museum complex houses a large part of the Borghese Collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, initiated by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V and avid collector of works by Caravaggio, who is well represented in the collection with the Boy with Basket of Fruit, Saint Jerome Writing, Sick Bacchus and others. Note of merit for the marvellous Salone: this, in fact, features a large fresco on the ceiling of the first room, the work of the Sicilian artist Mariano Rossi, who makes such good use of foreshortening that it seems almost three-dimensional. The fresco depicts Marcus Furius Camillus relieving the siege of the Capitol by the Gauls. The first room of the Salon is the Chamber of Ceres, with a marble vase depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx. The second room has a ceiling frescoed by Francesco Caccianiga with the Fall of Phaeton. The third room houses Bernini's Apollo and Daphne. It is precisely the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini that make up a significant percentage of his production of secular sculpture, starting with early works such as the Goat Amalthea with Child Jupiter and Faun and Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius up to the dynamic Rape of Proserpine, Apollo and Daphne and David, considered seminal works of Baroque sculpture. In the Galleria Borghese there are several portrait busts, including one of Pope Paul V and two portraits of one of his first patrons, Cardinal Scipione Borghese.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

6. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

An experience not to be missed if at all possible, the Borghese Gallery sits inside Rome’s “Central Park” (the Villa Borghese) and houses the sublime collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew to the 17th century Pope Paul V. The gallery houses some of Rome’s best ancient sculpture and mosaics, alongside Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces by artists such as Raphael and Caravaggio. The centerpieces of the collection are a number of beautiful marble sculptures by Rome’s ultimate Baroque master, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Our guide will bring to life the turbulent relationship between Bernini and the papacy, from child prodigy through popularity, disgrace and redemption. Other highlights include Antonio Canova’s world renowned marble portrait of Pauline Bonaparte (Napoleon’s sister) and Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love. Let’s travel back to 1606 when the Catholic Reformation was in full swing in Rome and the Baroque style began to pop up the city. Elected as pope, Paul V Borghese started a series of public works and renovations in the city and named his nephew, Scipione Borghese as cardinal nephew-a type of secretary of state at the time. Scipione, blessed with a strong artistic sensibility, thanks to his long -term outlook and his passion for art, began to make a series of purchases (some legal and others not so legal) and commissions that over time proved to be the key to the gallery’s fortune and the family’s prestige. At that time, Caravaggio was in Rome and had already produced his first works; a young Bernini was able to show his geniality in the first commissions he did for the gallery. Over time, the collection grew, with the addition of further important works by the likes of Tiziano, Raffaello, Correggio and many others. Another two phases that were fundamental to the history of the gallery were in 1770 when the whole building was restored; the restoration was led by architect Antonio Asprucci and the painter Mariano Rossi gave new life to the gallery’s decoration, the layout of the gallery was also changed. Another historical event was the wedding of one of the Borghese heirs, Camillo and Paolina Bonaparte, the famous Napoleon’s sister. This was the moment in which the collection was enriched with another masterpiece; the statue of Paolina Bonaparte, portrayed as the Venus Victrix, the work of the famous neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova.

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

7. Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

Explore Rome on a guided Segway tour to sights like Piazza di Pietra. Glide through Villa Borghese and climb up Pincian Hill without breaking a sweat. Cruise through the Campo Marzio district with ease.  Learn how to operate a Segway upon meeting your guide on Piazza del Popolo, and then head towards the grounds of the magnificent Villa Borghese once everyone is confident on this easy-to-ride, self-balancing vehicle. Discover the ancient monuments of the third largest park in Rome, including the legendary Borghese Gallery, home to a treasure trove of art by the most famous painters from Italy.  Continue to the lake before riding over to Piazza di Siena. Make your way up the Pincio (Pincian Hill) to get breathtaking view over the city. Head back down into the bustling city center and visit some of the main squares and alleyways of the Campo Marzio district.  Admire the impressive Pantheon and get a closer look at the colonnades of the Temple of Hadrian in Piazza di Pietra. See Bernini's glorious Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Boat) in Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Marvel at a collection of paintings and sculptures started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and housed in his party villa on the outskirts of 17th-century Rome with a skip-the-line ticket to the Borghese Gallery. Considered one of the most important museums in Rome, the gallery is frequently fully booked and hard to access. Skip the long lines with your pre-reserved ticket and explore the Galleria Borghese's full-of-art 20 rooms. See artifacts from antiquity, including a mosaic of gladiators from 320-330 AD that was found on the Borghese estate at Torrenova. Learn more about the powerful Borghese family and their relationship with Napoleon in the 1800s. Discover classical antiquities of the I-III centuries AD, such as the Venus Victrix sculpture and a trompe l'oeil ceiling fresco with a great 3D effect. Marvel at masterpieces such us the Paolina Borghese by Canova, paintings by Rubens and Tiziano, and many works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. See early works by Bernini, like the Goat Amalthea with Infant Jupiter and Faun, along with his dynamic Rape of Proserpine, Apollo and Daphne, and statue of David. After the tour, enjoy a stroll outside in Villa Borghese. Relax as you walk along the tree-flanked promenades and reach the Pincio terrace for wonderful views not only over Piazza del Popolo and the Prati district, but also St Peter’s Dome, the Gianicolo, the Quirinale, Piazza Venezia, and Capitol Hill.

Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

9. 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.

Rome: Golf Cart Tour in Villa Borghese

10. Rome: Golf Cart Tour in Villa Borghese

Embark on a quest discovering the history and hidden gems of the largest city park located in the heart of Rome. With over 80 hectares of sprawling parkland dotted with more than 90 points of interest of ground to cover. Glide through the surroundings of the magnificent Villa Borghese with ease by cruising with a golf cart accompanied by an expert driver who will give you a glimpse of insights at some of the garden’s best kept secrets. Villa Borghese was originally home of the private art collection of a wealthy cardinal that hosts many historic buildings, from the Italian garden to the large areas of English style small buildings, from fountains and ponds to the interesting architectural elements, sculptures and monuments created at different times by famous artists. Mesmerize also with the breathtaking views atop of “Pincio Terrace” where you can admire the panoramic view of Rome, one of the city's most romantic places. Experience the treasure trove of art and history in a real life open air museum!

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,344 reviews

My husband and I were *blown away* by this tour - our tour guide (I'm so sorry we didn't catch her name) was absolutely phenomenal, and made this tour one of the highlights of our entire trip to Italy (5 cities). She enthrallingly made each work of art come to life, with the story behind it, the artist's life and so many interesting facts. It was almost a performance vs a regular tour, but one we could not get over. Her knowledge and delivery were absolutely incredible, though I did have some trouble understanding her accent at times. That still wouldn't take a star away from this being an outstanding tour, and each of the other people on our tour made sure to tell her how incredible a job she did before we left, with extra emphasis. We would highly recommend this tour!

Amazing tour, amazing tour guide and amazing art! Galleria Borghese is wonderful inside, very much decorated with beautiful and world known sculptures and paintings. Our tour guide Francesca was absolutely fantastic! Her knowledge and the way she presented everything with all the details was astonishing! Thanks to her I look at the sculptures from different perspective now. I would like also to add that her English and accent are excellent! Thank you

Relaxed Tour with a very likeable guide with a huge knowledge about history, culture, arts... - a perfect closure of our visite in Rome (Espresso included)

Gorgeous gallery and works of art . Very good guide . wonderfull afternoon

We’ll-organised, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, small grouo