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Pincio Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Imperial City Tour by Golf Cart with Optional Transfer

2. Rome: Imperial City Tour by Golf Cart with Optional Transfer

Visit the most important sites in Rome on a 3-hour private golf cart tour with a guide. Ride to all the main historical monuments, including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the Pantheon. See the Aventino and Villa Borghese Pincio Balcony, and enjoy the elegance of Corso and Condotti streets and the Spanish Steps. Admire the beauty of the Baroque era at Bernini's fountains and sculptures, such as the Trevi Fountain and Navona Square. Stop for a cup of coffee or a cappuccino at one of the oldest cafés in Rome, the Villa Borghese Gardens. You can choose the option for a hotel pickup and make your holiday in the eternal city a memorable one with this unique tour in the comfort of a golf cart.

Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

Take in the sights in the center of Rome in the evening light during this guided walking tour. Travel from the grand Piazza del Popolo to the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market. View iconic sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the ancient Pantheon. 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 Four 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.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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

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. When the tour is over, we suggest lingering outside in Villa Borghese, the huge public garden where the Gallery is located. Everyone finds a walk along the villa’s tree-flanked promenades very relaxing. The Pincio terrace is a twenty-minute walk, this being one of Rome’s hills. From here one can enjoy wonderful views not only over Piazza del Popolo right below and the Prati district, but also St Peter’s Dome, the Gianicolo, the Quirinale, Piazza Venezia as well as the Capitol hill. The outlook from the Pincio is really one of a kind!

Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

5. 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 and artists being sent to jail. Listen to stories about workshops being 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.

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

6. 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: Monuments and Belvederes Bike Tour

7. 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.

Rome Segway Tour: From the Colosseum to Trevi Fountain

8. Rome Segway Tour: From the Colosseum to Trevi Fountain

See the most significant attractions of the Eternal City from the comfort of a self-balancing Segway on this eco-friendly sightseeing tour of Rome, with 3 options depending on what you want to see and how long you’d prefer to tour. Lovely Tour: (2 Hours) Combine classic sites of the old town with the romance of the Villa Borghese, departing from the pedestrian zone of Castel Sant’Angelo. After a short training session, head to the Spanish Steps. Pass through the city center, tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain as you go. Next, dodge the shoppers on Via del Corso, Rome’s biggest shopping street, to arrive at Piazza del Popolo, where you will climb to the Terrace of Pincio for breathtaking views inside the gardens of the Villa Borghese. Historic Tour: (3 Hours) Depart from the pedestrian zone of Castel Sant’Angelo after a short training session, and head to St.Peters Basilica, Rome’s iconic symbol of Christianity. Glide around the oldest quarters of Rome to Piazza Navona, built over the site of the Stadium of Domitian. Admire the columns of the imperial Pantheon, a former Greek temple built by Hadrian in 126 AD. Ride along the Roman Forum to the Colosseum, perhaps Rome’s most iconic building. Take a tour of Piazza Venezia, dominated by the wedding-cake Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II. Join part of the “Lovely Tour” route, Segway-ing past the Trevi Fountain and onto the romantic Spanish Steps. Then, glide across the vast Piazza del Popolo to see some of its legendary Renaissance fountains. Classic Tour: (2 Hours) The Classic Tour is a shorter version of the “Historic Tour” and visits many of the same sites, but in only 2 hours. The route starts at the pedestrian zone of Castel Sant’Angelo, where you will be taught how to ride your Segway. Then, head to St. Peter’s Basilica to admire the monumental dome and symbol of Christianity. Go to Piazza Navona to see stunning Renaissance architecture and the flamboyant fountains of Bernini. Admire the Imperial Pantheon, after a ride along the Roman Forum. And imagine the roar of the crowds at the mighty Colosseum. Pass through Piazza Venezia to reach the Spanish Steps, via the Trevi Fountain. Throw in a coin to ensure you one day return to Rome. And pop by Piazza del Popolo to see Romans and tourists gathered around the fountains and obelisk.

Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

9. Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

Skip the long ticket lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museum and visit with your expert guide. See the famous Raphael’s Rooms, the Pine Courtyard, and the Pio Clementine Museum. Discover the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos “The Last Judgement” and “The Creation of Adam.” Then head to Piazza del Popolo where you'll meet the tour guide at 18:45 to enjoy a romantic evening walking tour of historical Rome. Admire the picturesque views from the Pincio Terrace of sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Then wander to the stunning Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. See the exterior of the historic Pantheon, and admire the beautiful Piazza Navona with Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center. End your romantic evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a perfect place to spend some time taking in the evening sights and sounds at the end of your tour.

Rome: Villa Borghese Private E-Bike Tour & Optional Picnic

10. Rome: Villa Borghese Private E-Bike Tour & Optional Picnic

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the impressive Villa Borghese, the third largest public park in the city, bursting with impressive buildings, monuments, and attractions. On this private tour, spend the day exploring the park with your family and friends in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Meet your guide and get kitted out with the gear for your e-bike, then set out on your sightseeing adventure. There are 11 stops along the tour, however you can customise the itinerary to suit your interests and needs. Highlights of the trip include Piazza Del Popolo, Tempio Di Esculapio, Portico Dei Leoni, Tempietto Di Diana, Piazza Di Siena, Tempio Di Antonino E Faustina, Marco Dei Diani, Galleria Borghese, Orologio Ad Acqua (Water Clock), and Terrazza Del Pincio. The tour ends at Galleria Borghese, where your guide will provide you with your picnic (if option selected). Find a scenic spot to eat your meal, then sit down and enjoy a well-deserved rest as you tuck into your lunch. The picnic options available are: Tartare menu • Salmon, Tuna, or Prawn Tartare menu • Sea Frisella • Water (0.5 liter) • Wine • Fruit Juice • Biodegradable Cutlery Salads menu • Salad with Salmon, Tuna, or Streamed King Prawn Tartare menu • Sea Frisella • Water (0.5 liter) • Wine • Fruit Juice • Biodegradable Cutlery Burger menu • Burger with Salmon Tartare, Tuna Tartare, Soft Boiled Prawns, or Prawns Tartare • Sea Frisella • Water (0.5 liter) • Wine • Fruit Juice • Biodegradable Cutlery Vegeterian Burger menu • Vegetarian Burger • Sea Frisella • Water (0.5 liter) • Wine • Fruit Juice • Biodegradable Cutlery

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What people are saying about Pincio Gardens

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,279 reviews

Flawless. Great fun and an amazing way to see Rome. The guide was amazing and funny to, 10/10

Benny is a great tour guide.very insightful and informative and keeps the tour interesting.

Extremely knowledgeable guide, very enlightening! Not to be missed (art lover or not)!

This tour was excellent. The best we took in Rome. Our guide Fredrika was fantastic!!

Ottima esperienza!!! Autista guida simpatica e preparata.