Borghese Gardens

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Amazing Things to See in and Around the Villa Borghese

The giant park of Villa Borghese has always been dear to the Roman people as the Borghese family opened their estate on Sundays and holidays. It is a green paradise overlooking the city, a respite from chaotic Rome, a truly authentic Italian experience.

  • 1. View Rome From the Pincian Hill

    From the heights of "Pinicio" you can gaze upon a most romantic view of the Eternal City. You can even see Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica!

  • 2. Rent A Bike

    At 148 acres, Villa Borghese is quite an expansive park. To see it all (in style) best rent yourself a bike! They cost around €4 for an hour, or €10 for the day.

  • 3. See One of the Many Fountains

    There are 12 fountains throughout the park, some modern, some ancient. The sound of running water from a fountain was thought to be calming by the Romans.

  • 4. Visit Galleria Borghese

    The Borghese Gallery consists of 20 rooms across two floors. Some of the most magnificent pieces are 17th century sculptures created specifically for the spaces they occupy.

  • 5. Admire the Temple of Asclepius

    Situated on the lake is a 19th century temple devoted to the Greek god of health and healing. It was inspired by a similar temple in the Stourhead Gardens of Wiltshire, England.

Planning Your Visit

  • Book In Advance

    Tickets for the museum are always sold out, so they must be purchased at least two weeks prior. Booking by telephone avoids a reservation fee that the online ticketing service charges.

  • Be On Time

    Arrive early, because entry times to the museum are strictly followed. Expect the staff to keep you on your two hour time limit moving from room to room.

  • How To Get There

    The main entrance to the park is at Piazzale Flaminio near Piazza del Popolo just North of central Rome. Take the metro to Spagna or Flaminio station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Is it expensive?
    11 Euros
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessary, but recommended!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to Spangna or Flaminio, or simply walk from the Spanish Steps.
  • Additional information

    • If you have kids, be sure to take them to the puppet theater near the entrance at Piazzo del Popolo!

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What people are saying about Borghese Gardens

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,791 reviews

The ticket was regularly and punctually delivered to me.The Borghese Gallery collects treasures by Caravaggio and Canova of exquisite workmanship. Everything from the decorations of the floors, walls and ceilings to the furnishings captivates and conquers. I highly recommend the experience.

Borghese Villa and Gardens are a must see if you visit Rome. The Villa is stunning with the most beautiful art exhibitions. The gardens themselves are beautiful also. We were lucky as it was a very pleasant day with lots of sunshine.

Precise and punctual organization. Cultural proposal of rare beauty. One of the most memorable experiences in Rome is beyond.

Lots of arts from historical period. Watching them live in this museum live is a great experience.

A concentrate of superb paintings, ceiling, period but also contemporary. We liked it a lot