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Borghese Gallery: Tour with Gardens

1. Borghese Gallery: Tour with Gardens

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour. This popular attraction often sells out in advance, so by pre-booking your ticket, you will visit one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like “Young sick Bacchus” and “ Boy with a Basket of Fruit”; Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures’ collection, boasting works like “Apollo and Daphne”, “David”, “The Rape of Proserpina” and “Paolina Bonaparte”. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, the stories, and the painting techniques concealed behind the masterpieces of one of the world’s most beautiful art museums. Take a relaxing stroll through the Villa Borghese gardens, an enchanting park with little lakes and trees that is beloved by the Romans. End with a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Rome and Piazza del Popolo from Pincio Terrace.

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Borghese Gallery: Private Tour

2. Borghese Gallery: Private Tour

Skip the long lines to one of Rome’s most popular museums on a guided tour of the Museo e Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery). Housed in a stunning villa just outside 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 not arranged chronologically. Instead, it is a 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. Highlights of the museum include Raffaello's “Woman with the Unicorn,” Domenichino's “Diana,” Botticelli's “Madonna and Child,” and Caravaggio's “David.” You can also marvel at Bernini's “Apollo and Daphne,” Canova's “Paolina,” and Tiziano's “Amor Sacro & Amor Profano.” Hear 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 3-Hour Evening Walking Tour

3. Rome 3-Hour Evening Walking Tour

On this 3-hour evening walking tour you’ll meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo, where churches, fountains, and monuments tastefully embellish the square. Walk up to the Pincio Terrace to admire the sunset over Rome and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Continue your walk to the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. Visit Piazza della Rotonda and admire the exterior of the historic Pantheon. Built in 27 B.C. the Pantheon was dedicated to all the Roman gods. In the 7th century, it was converted to a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. It is also the resting place of some major Renaissance artists, including Raffaello. Admire Bernini’s magnificent 4 Rivers Fountain in the center of iconic Piazza Navona. The square also features other important sculptural and architectural creations, including the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Neptune Fountain at the northern end, and the Moor Fountain at the southern end. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a site that at one time was noted for races and executions. In the center of the square you’ll see the statue of Giordano Bruno. Today Campo de’ Fiori is a busy marketplace in the morning and a center of nightlife after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour.

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

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

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 into the distance.

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Rome: Private City Highlights Golf Cart Tour with Transfer

5. Rome: Private City Highlights Golf Cart Tour with Transfer

Explore the most important sites in Rome on a guided golf cart tour. Ride to all the main historical monuments, including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the Pantheon. Drive also to lesser-known gems, such as Celio Hill, site of the beautiful villa and gardens of Villa Celimontana and the ancient basilicas of Santo Stefano Rotondo and Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Stop for a cup of coffee or cappuccino at one of the oldest cafés in Rome. Make your holiday in the Eternal City a memorable one with this unique tour in the comfort of a golf cart.

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Rome: City Highlights Segway Tour

6. Rome: City Highlights Segway Tour

Start your tour with a brief training session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your Segway. Set off to see the most iconic sights of Rome in a unique and informative way, learning about the history of the city as you go. You'll visit lots of Rome's most important landmarks, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Capitoline Hill and the Spanish Steps. The exact number of attractions seen on the route will depend on the duration chosen. If you have never been on a Segway before, you are in for a treat. It's a fun way to get around the seven hills of Rome, and your guide will show you all the most important sites in a fun and environmentally-friendly way. Your guide will also tell you personal stories and experiences about local life in the city.

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Rome: Private Night Tour with Prosecco

7. Rome: Private Night Tour with Prosecco

Experience the magic of Rome at night with its illuminated squares, fountains and baroque palace on this private driving tour. Spend 2.5 hours cruising the city with an expert guide. Avoid the crowds by going later, and save your feet from walking too much. See sights like the elegant square Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps, the glorious Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Janiculum hill, the Tiber River with its many old bridges, and Circus Maximus. Reach the top of Circus Maximus for breath-taking views over the illuminated Palatine. View not only the most well-known attractions in Rome, but let your guide point out some local hidden gems as well. Enjoy being picked up and dropped off directly at your accommodation. Feel at ease with a diver on hand to answer your questions and help you see what you are interested in by building a flexible itinerary.

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Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

8. Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

Enjoy a romantic walking tour of Rome at dusk, and see the sunset over the “Eternal City’s” beautiful squares. Meet your guide in Piazza del Popolo, formerly used for popular games and public executions, and now a lively space for concerts. Learn about the vision of its architect, Giuseppe Valadier. Continue to Pincio Terrace to see the sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Marvel at the broad sweep of the Spanish Steps and Barcaccia’s fountain to a half-sunken ship. Next, go to the Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi, and throw a coin in the pool according to tradition. See the historic Pantheon on Piazza della Rotonda, built in 27 BC as a temple to all the gods of Rome. Wander over to Piazza Navona, built on the site of a Roman amphitheater. Experience “La Dolce Vita” of Rome around Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in its center. End on Campo de' Fiori, dominated by the statue to the poet and philosopher, Bruno Giordano. Learn about his trial for heresy, and how he was burned at the stake at the medieval marketplace in the 16th century.

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Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

9. 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: Monuments and Belvederes Bike Tour

10. Rome: Monuments and Belvederes Bike Tour

Meet your local guide and discover the heart of the city on a bike tour. Ride through Trastevere's narrow streets and get to the Aventine Hill with one of the most beautiful views of the city. After that, pass by two icons of the Roman Empire, the Circus Maximus and the splendorous Colosseum. From here reach the Capitoline Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the Roman forums. At this point, leave the imperial ruins behind to discover the Trevi Fountain. Then, get to the Spanish Steps with the Trinità dei Monti church. Next, take in more panoramic views of the city at the Pincio balcony and the People's Square. Finally, ride back to the characteristic alleys of the medieval city to reach Navona Square. Discover the scenographic Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. At the end of the tour, marvel at Castel Sant'Angelo and Saint Peter's Basilica.

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What people are saying about Pincio Gardens

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,255 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”).

James was a fantastic guide and asked us right at the start what we most wanted to see so he could tailor the route for to our needs. Throughout the tour he was friendly, knowledgable, informative and clearly passionate about the city, We had great fun, learned a lot and managed to see so much more than we could have done alone. Great value and lovely experience.

This way the best part of visiting Rome. Iannis was such an attentive and knowledgeable tour guide. We learned more on this tour than any other tour in Rome!! Definitely book this tour and try and get Iannis, if you can. You won’t regret it!!!!

We had a fantastic time on our tour! Our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable. So glad we did this with a guide!

A mini art history lesson, bringing the exhibits to life!