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Borghese Gallery

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

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

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

Meet your tour coordinator at the main entrance to the Borghese Gallery to pick up your tickets, then head inside where a vast collection of world-famous art pieces await. Avoid the busy waiting times and skip-the-line with your tickets, allowing more time to peruse the exhibits and artworks. Enjoy the freedom to explore the gallery at your own pace and spend more time looking at the artworks that appeal to you most. Admire sculptures and paintings from historic icons in the art world, including Canova, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Highlights of the gallery include Canova’s "Representation of Pauline Bonaparte", Caravaggio’s "David with the Head of Goliath", Raphael’s "The Desposition", and Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne", to name but a few. After the gallery, step outside into the glorious Italian sun and hop on board a golf cart for a 30 minute 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 stroll around the gardens, take photos from the breathtaking view of the famous ''Pincio'', or have a glimpse of the onsite Cinema Museum.

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

2. 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, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, 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 City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

3. Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

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 the 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: 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 Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

5. 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: Private Borghese Gallery Tour

6. 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

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.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

8. Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Visit one of the best art museums in the world on a private 2-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery, Rome. Housed in the delightful Casina Borghese, outside the walls of the 17th-century city, the museum is home to the vast Borghese collection started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. Scipione was a patron of Bernini and fan of Caravaggio, and both are well represented in the gallery. Among the highlights you can see are Caravaggio’s “Sick Bacchus,” and “Boy with a Basket of Fruit.” Other represented artists include Raphael, Dossi and Rubens, while the pièce de résistance is the gallery's magnificent collection of sculptures by Bernini and Canova, such as “Apollo and Daphne,” “David,” “Ratto di Proserpina,” and “Pauline Bonaparte.” The Casina Borghese is a jewel of a 17th-century villa that is worthy of a visit in itself, just for its frescoes and décor, which will further delight your senses and enhance your tour.

Borghese Gallery 3-Hour Small Group Tour

9. 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 Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Borghese Gallery

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based on 9,364 reviews

Another meeting with Rome confirms that there is no point in counting on luck, a small queue and the lack of interest of visitors. Really, tickets purchased in advance are a bull's eye. If you are on time, wait max. 10 minutes. Friends who did not finish the tour for more than 1.5 hours after us. I also recommend a stroller ride as the culmination of a meeting in the Borghese gardens. If you ask, the driver will leave you anywhere in the garden.

We had the best time on this tour! Our guide was incredible and full of knowledge. He showed us so many wonderful places in and around Rome. His English was perfect and very easy to understand. Safety of his passengers was top priority for him. Hands down a must do of Rome.

Pude activarlo directamente en el aeropuerto de Fiumicino. Tener acceso al transporte, buses y trenes, fue muy conveniente! El acceso a las atracciones también fue muy conveniente.

Such a fun experience! Ahmid was a delight and full of fun information! With this crazy heat wave, the breeze from riding on the Segway was delightful :)

was a perfect visit, using the Roma pass was a great help with the transportation and sights!