Add dates
Borghese Gallery

Culture & history

Our most recommended Borghese Gallery Culture & History

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket & Golf Cart Ride

1. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket & Golf Cart Ride

When in Rome, a visit to the Borghese Gallery is a must. Explore the beautiful complex and see masterpieces by some of history's most renowned artists. Avoid waiting around with skip-the-line access and discover afterward the grounds as you ride in a golf cart or take a stroll at your own pace. Meet your host at the main entrance to the gallery and pick up your tickets. Then, head inside where a vast collection of world-famous artworks await you. Beat the cue with your skip-the-line tickets, giving you more time to check out the exhibits and artworks. Explore the gallery at your own pace and spend time with the artworks that appeal to you most. Admire sculptures and paintings from icons of the art world including Canova, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Some of the highlights of the gallery include Canova’s Representation of Pauline Bonaparte, Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, Raphael’s The Deposition, and Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. After the gallery, step outside and hop on board a golf cart for a tour of Villa Borghese. Sit back and relax as you travel through the tranquil gardens of the villa and marvel at the Fountain of the Sea Horses, the water clock, the Temple of Diana, and the Piazza di Siena. You can also enjoy a walk around the gardens, take some photos of the breathtaking view from the Pincio Terrace, and have a look at the onsite cinema museum.

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

2. 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 Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

3. 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: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

4. 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: Private Borghese Gallery Tour

5. Rome: Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Enjoy the personal attention of a private guide on this 3-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery, as you view masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini and much more. The Borghese Gallery is an art gallery housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. At the outset, the gallery building was integrated with its gardens. The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621). The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese himself, who used it as a villa suburbana, a country villa at the edge of Rome. Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio, who is well represented in the collection by works such as the Boy with a Basket of Fruit, St Jerome Writing, Sick Bacchus and others. Other paintings of note include Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci.

Borghese Gallery Private Tour

6. 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.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

7. Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Meet your expert guide at the entrance and enter with pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Due to the compact size of the museum, you have a 2-hour limit on your visit. The gallery is located in the Villa Borghese and is a must-see on your trip to Rome. Once the residence of the Borghese family, it now home to a large collection of paintings, sculptures and Roman antiquities, known to be one of the most beautiful museums in the world. See the collection of Bernini statues on the ground floor. Discover numerous paintings by Bellini, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Caravaggio. You will see the famous gladiator mosaic and take in the beauty of the frescoes adorning the ceiling, representing episodes from Greek and Roman mythology. All of these works belonged to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the Pope's personal secretary, an avid art collector and the stunning gardens where he hosted lavish events. Following your visit to the gallery, take some time to walk through the park and gardens. Stroll around the temples and lakes to admire the statues and rare plants. Make sure to stop by the scenic point where you will get an incredible view of Rome.

Borghese Gallery 3-Hour Small Group Tour

8. Borghese Gallery 3-Hour Small Group Tour

The splendid small palace that is home to the Borghese Gallery was built at the beginning of the 17th century as the private residence and for the public representation of the Borghese family. Admire the interior of this spectacular Renaissance villa and its amazing collection of art on a 3-hour small-group guided tour. From the very beginning the villa housed the collection of Cardinal Scipio (1579-1633), nephew of Pope Paul V Borghese. In 1902 the Italian government purchased the rest of the collection and the building. Currently the collection comprises sculptures, bas-reliefs, ancient mosaics, and 16th and 17th century paintings. You’ll find masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Veronese, Raphael (Deposition), Domenichino (Diana's Hunt), Titian (Sacred and Profane Love; Venus Blindfolding Love), Correggio (Danae), Caravaggio (Youth with a Fruit Basket; Madonna of the Footmen; David with Goliath's Head), and Rubens (Pietà), and magnificent sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Apollo and Daphne; Rape of Proserpina; David) and Canova (Paolina Borghese).

Rome: Borghese Gallery Museum & Park Guided Family Tour

9. Rome: Borghese Gallery Museum & Park Guided Family Tour

The Borghese Gallery possesses one of the wealthiest and brightest collections on the planet. Situated in a 16th century respectable royal residence encompassed by orange and herb patio nurseries, plantations and a flawless stop in the core of Rome. It will be a perfect area for children and families to find out about workmanship and history in addition to unwinding and playing in an open air in nature. A top of the line guide will take you by the hand to visit the features of the Borghese historical center including the absolute most well-known sculptures. Understudies from around the world come to the Eternal City to see Bernini's and Caravaggio's perfect works of art: Apollo and Daphne, Pluto and Proserpine, David, St. Jerome, Danae and numerous others. You children will be stunned by the fanciful statues and Renaissance works of art. They will play with divine beings, legends, holy images, symbols and craftsmen. Your guide will utilize visual instruments and diversions to connect with the entire family and influence your visit the exhibition and find out about its works in the most entertaining way. This private visit will take roughly 2.5-hours and what's more, the guide will take you through the recreation center to see wonderful patio nurseries, concealed landmarks and a dynamite lake with swans and a little pontoon to ride.

Rome: Private Borghese Gallery and Garden Tour

10. Rome: Private Borghese Gallery and Garden Tour

Join the Borghese Gallery tour in Rome for a journey through two millennia of art as you learn about the lives and works of some of the greatest artists of all time. The gallery has an extraordinary collection, ranging from fascinating ancient sculptures like the 1st century BC Hermaphrodite to the great masterpieces of the Renaissance and the Baroque, all of which you will discover with your personal guide. Rediscover the opulent lifestyle of a wealthy baroque prince. Take a walk on the wild side with one of art's most controversial geniuses. Marvel at the incredible virtuosity of the Baroque master Gianlorenzo Bernini. This private walking tour is an unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and culture of the Borghese Gallery. Have an awesome experience amid some of the finest works of art!

  • Entry tickets
  • Guided tours
  • Private tours
14 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Borghese Gallery Culture & history

What are other things to do than Borghese Gallery Culture & history that are worth visiting in Rome?

The other unmissable things to do in Rome are:

Which Borghese Gallery Culture & history are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Borghese Gallery

Want to discover all there is to do in Borghese Gallery? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Borghese Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,010 reviews

The Segway experience was great fun and very informative. We were taken to Borghese Park following a practice run and we were very impressed with our guides knowledge and enthusiasm. The city part of the tour was easier than we anticipated, and we visited many attractions without any issues.

Our host (not sure his name :/ ) was amazing! The segways themselves are a lot of fun to ride and pretty easy to get good at, and definitely make a difference when you’re in the heat all day. Overall a great experience and I would 100% do it again!

They were on time and met us with tickets which if we had not procured from getyourguide, we would have never been able to go to the Borgesse Gallery because tickets were sold out for weeks. Bonus was the golf cart trip around the gardens.

Such a fun and unique way to explore Rome. The guide really topped off the experience - he was informative, funny and made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Thank you for a wonderful tour

Staff were on time and knowledgeable. Golf cart driver was excellent and we learned a lot about Rome. Definitely recommend