Guided tour

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

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

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

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 49.96 per person

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Appreciate art like a collector with this fully-guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Carefully controlled entry means that unlike the nearby Vatican Museums, this collection of masterpieces is never crowded.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the stress-free controlled entry, which lets visitors observe famous masterworks with minimal crowds
  • Book with ease: pre-reserved tickets and Skip-the-Line Access mean less time organizing and more time enjoying works by Bernini and more
  • Discover a hidden treasure trove of art history with works from masters like Caravaggio
  • Take a tour of the Borghese Gardens, the Cardinal’s take on a traditional English garden (except on tours after 7:00 PM)
Full description

Learn about Cardinal Borghese's vast art collection and the stories behind each piece on this guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Stroll along shady lanes among sculptures and tranquil fountains.

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 in the distance.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Borghese Gallery
  • Borghese Gallery entrance ticket
  • Expert guide
  • Garden walking tour
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • 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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Participants

Date

Meeting point

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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Bags
  • Baby carriages

Know before you go

  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website. The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museum
  • Arrive 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • This tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs, strollers, or baby carriages, or guests with any impairments requiring special assistance
  • The use of mobile phones is prohibited
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. You may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks. This may restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside; it is recommended to avoid bringing large bags on the tour
  • No bags are permitted in the Borghese Gallery.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1393 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Super fine guide. Explained everything down to the last detail. She taught me a different way of looking at statues. This allows you to better interpret the storyline behind a painting or statue. The gardens were less so. Together with the tour guide we took a walk through the gardens, but there was not much to see. Lots of greenery and a lot of things were closed due to work.

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July 29, 2022

The tour was very nice. Villa Borghese contains beautiful sculptures and paintings and is situated in a nice park. The guide had a perfect English accent (American) and had more knowledge about the art than you can expect. She was very friendly and willing to answer any questions. The guide really managed to capture my interest and with her enthusiasm my attention. She also took us on a nice walk through the park afterwards

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July 25, 2022

This is an art lover’s tour. Every room and level of the Gallery is full of sculptures, paintings, frescoes, mosaics and architectural features. Our guide led us through many spaces and highlighted a large number of works, not only giving information on each piece but also showing us how to notice details and themes we could apply to other works on our own.

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June 29, 2022

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