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Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

1. 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: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

2. 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: Pantheon, St. Peter's, and Navona Square Audio Tour

3. Rome: Pantheon, St. Peter's, and Navona Square Audio Tour

Go at your own pace as you explore some of Rome's most famous sights including the Pantheon, St. Peter's, and Piazza Navona. There are also over 100 other points of interest included on your app which has unique navigation functionality and is available in several different languages. Travel back in time as you explore the Pantheon, one of Rome's most significant venues. Discover how it acquired its name and the many roles it’s played over the years. After exploring the Pantheon, check out two of the most famous landmarks in the city: St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza Navona. The app makes self-guiding easy and includes plenty of suggested walking routes and audio commentary on all the hotspots. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city as you admire iconic landmarks including the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican Museums.

Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

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

5. 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: Private E-Bike Tour with Local Food

6. Rome: Private E-Bike Tour with Local Food

Begin the adventure in the morning close to St. Maria Maggiore where you will meet your guide. Sit down and enjoy breakfast together where you will have the opportunity to choose the places you want to explore and the route you'd like to take. Head out on your e-bike and pedal up to the top of the Aventino or of the Campidoglio hill to admire the most striking panoramas of the city. Explore neighborhoods like Trastevere, Testaccio, or Monti as you learn about the history and culture of Rome from your expert local guide. See popular landmarks like the Colosseo, Trevi Fountain, and Borghese Gardens then stop for some amazing Italian food to refuel after an incredible morning discovering Rome on a comfortable e-bike.

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

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.

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.

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What people are saying about Borghese Gardens

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,241 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.

My partner and I had such an amazing time! We originally had a group tour but the others cancelled so it ended up being a private tour which I highly recommend! We were able to make more stops and got a more personalized tour. Our tour guide was so kind and fun! I HIGHLY recommend this

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.

Our host was very friendly and helpful. It was a really fun, easier than expected experience and I would definitely give segways another go in the future.

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 :)