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Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Activity provider: Alwaysrome
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Discover masterpieces of art at one of Rome’s most impressive museums on a 2-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery. Admire sculptures, paintings, and floor mosaics by artists such as Canova, Bernini and Caravaggio. See one of the Rome’s most exquisite villas.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, French, Italian, Russian, German, Spanish, Dutch
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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome's most popular museums
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour
  • Admire sculptures and paintings by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael and many others
  • Get a spectacular view of Rome from the Pincio Terrace
  • Hear stories of looted churches and artist workshops, and art obtained without cause
Full description
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.
Includes
  • 2-hour tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months. All participants between 6-12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts, or a negative Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts.
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Piazzale del Museo Borghese, in front of the Borghese Gallery at the main entrance.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that cameras and bags are not permitted inside the Borghese Gallery, and will need to be checked in at the cloakroom before the tour to be collected afterwards
  • Please note that due to staircases the tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues
  • This tour is only available in English
  • The tour will take place in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 180 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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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”).

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December 11, 2021

This was our second time back to the Borghese but the first time with a guide -- which we would recommend for first-timers. Seth was excellent: knowledgeable, personable, and clearly passionate about art. Although the focus was, as anticipated, on Bernini, other important works also noted and explained. We enjoyed the small group experience, especially as it was easier to manage in a crowd (Christmas-New Year-Epiphany holiday time).

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January 4, 2020

Our two-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery was very impressive. There are many masterpieces to see and our guide did a great job of showing us the most important in the two-hour window that the Gallery gives to all visitors. (At the end of the two hours they clear the Gallery of all visitors so that the next group can come in.)

November 6, 2019

Product ID: 60186