Borghese Gallery

Glimpse works by Raphael and Carvaggio at the home of the Borghese Gallery and gorgeous Borghese Gardens.

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Borghese Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

1. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, MACRO, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Forum Pass Super, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

2. Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Get fast track entry to the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), and then explore the vast art collections at your own pace. Look at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters. Discover highlights such as the representation of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova, and 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." See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," along with sculptures by Bernini, including his "Apollo and Daphne" and "David." Go for a stroll around the gardens for a view over the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

3. Rome: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

You tour will begin when you meet your professional guide at the official meeting point. From here you will depart on a relaxing and fun ride on an aluminum bike, complete with gears that will help make riding all the more easier. Your friendly tour guide will take you along to discover the history of "Villa Borghese", one of the biggest and most beautiful public parks in Rome. The sculptures that fill up the roads of the park make it a real open air museum, and together with its enchanting fountains, it is sure to be an amazing experience to add to your visit to the "eternal city". The strong feature of this park is its green spaces that allow you to breath in the fresh air, away from the smog and chaos of the city. Once you have taken in all of the amazing history, you will discover the breathtaking views atop of "Pincio Terrace". If so desired, you can also take a break in a local coffee shop to taste some authentic Italian made coffee.

Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

4. 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: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

5. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

Skip the ticket line to Borghese Gallery and explore the fantastic art collection spread over 20 rooms in your own time. The gallery is housed in the 17th-century Villa Borghese Pinciana, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Your ticket coordinator will meet you at the meeting point and bring you inside where they help with the administrative requirements and the mandatory security check.  Inside, you'll discover paintings and sculptures including works such as David with the Head of Goliath, Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The Deposition by Raphael, Melissa by Dosso Dossi, Apollo and Daphne and David by Bernini, and Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Canova. Inside the Borghese Gallery only 360 visitors are allowed at a time, which allows you to see the works of art in a relatively calm environment.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

6. 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.

Borghese Gallery Private Tour

7. Borghese Gallery Private Tour

The Borghese Gallery is undoubtedly one of the most charming, elegant, and compact art museums in the world. It is neither chronologically arranged, nor very ordinate. Rather, it is a very personal, lovingly matched collection that reveals the personalities and tastes of two people: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest of Baroque artists, and Scipione Cardinal Borghese, a magnificent art collector. Borghese's collection of great works of art include: Raffaello's 'Woman with the Unicorn', Domenichino's 'Diana', Boticelli's 'Madonna and Child', Caravaggio's 'David', Bernini's 'Apollo and Daphne', and Canova's 'Paolina' - just to name a few. Along the way, your guide will tell you the dramatic, untold stories about art being stolen from churches, artists being sent to jail, their workshops being devastated by Borghese's confiscations, mysterious deaths, and other tales of intrigue and passion. This visit to the Borghese Gallery is a must during your vacation. Your guide will show you exactly what Cardinal Borghese meant when he called the gallery 'The Theater of the Universe'. After visiting the Gallery, you can walk through the beautiful Villa Borghese park, and end the tour at the Spanish Steps.

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

8. 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.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

9. Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Skip-the-line and reserve a timed entry spot for The Borghese Gallery with this entrance ticket. Explore the gallery at your own pace as you see works from famous artists throughout the centuries. Home to several masterpieces by Renaissance, Roman, and Baroque artists, the Borghese Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. Don't miss your chance to explore the gallery by reserving a timed entrance ticket. Located in the 17th century home of Cardinal Borghese, the gallery is home to the Cardinal's lifetime collection of art. See works of art by Caravaggio, Titian, Canova, Raphael, and Bernini as you walk through the 2-storey gallery.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Borghese Gallery Tour

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

On a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Museum, you will have the exclusive opportunity to explore its enchanting surroundings in a small group with a maximum of 15 people. Take a mesmerizing walk through this unmissable gallery and discover its exquisite collection of art with the guidance of an expert Spanish-speaking tour guide. Take your time to savor the beautiful and inspiring artworks created by some of the greatest artists in the country. Marvel at masterpieces by important Italian artists such as Bernini, Raffaello, Caravaggio, and Canova. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Rome once finished the tour, walking through the gardens of Villa Borghese. It is important to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes in advance. Please bear in mind that Villa Borghese is a park of considerable size and the Gallery is located at one of its ends, therefore we advise you to plan your trip in advance to avoid being late. In case of delay, it will neither be possible to join the group nor will it be refunded.

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What people are saying about Borghese Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,963 reviews

The hostesses were very friendly and kind. I just don’t think it’s fair that tickets are sold out on the website of the museum but are available at a higher price on other websites. It’s just not fair to take advantage of the fact that tourists want to visit these places and are willing to pay a doubled price.

Archive was very knowledgeable and shared very interesting information on the history of the gallery. We were a little frustrated that we were told to arrive at 8:20 AM and we didn't get into the gallery until 9:10 AM. There was a lot of waiting around

Nous avons beaucoup apprecié le nombre limité de visiteurs par tranche horaire, rendant la qualité de la visite bien meilleure.

It was so helpful coming for the day being able to get to see all the attractions was fun

Excelente como siempre!!!! Matias muy agradable y pasa el tiempo muy rápido!!!