Borghese Gallery

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

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Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

1. 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: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

2. Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Get fast track entry to the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), and then explore the vast art collections at your own pace. Look at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters. Discover highlights such as the representation of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova, and go to the Caravaggio room to look at paintings such as "David with the Head of Goliath" and the "Boy with a Basket of Fruit." See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," along with sculptures by Bernini, including his "Apollo and Daphne" and "David." Go for a stroll around the gardens for a view over the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

3. 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: 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 Guided Tour

5. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour limited to 15 people. Take advantage of the option to pre-book your ticket, knowing that this popular attraction often sells out in advance. Secure your entrance to one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Once inside, admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like Young Sick Bacchus, and Boy with a Basket of Fruit. You'll also see Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures collection, including works like Apollo and Daphne and “Paolina Bonaparte, as well as Raffaello’s Entombment of Christ. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, stories, and painting techniques behind the masterpieces in one of the world’s most beautiful art museums.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

6. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

Skip the ticket line to Borghese Gallery and explore the fantastic art collection spread over 20 rooms in your own time. The gallery is housed in the 17th-century Villa Borghese Pinciana, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Your ticket coordinator will meet you at the meeting point and bring you inside where they help with the administrative requirements and the mandatory security check.  Inside, you'll discover paintings and sculptures including works such as David with the Head of Goliath, Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The Deposition by Raphael, Melissa by Dosso Dossi, Apollo and Daphne and David by Bernini, and Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Canova. Inside the Borghese Gallery only 360 visitors are allowed at a time, which allows you to see the works of art in a relatively calm environment.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

7. Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Skip-the-line and reserve a timed entry spot for The Borghese Gallery with this entrance ticket. Explore the gallery at your own pace as you see works from famous artists throughout the centuries. Home to several masterpieces by Renaissance, Roman, and Baroque artists, the Borghese Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. Don't miss your chance to explore the gallery by reserving a timed entrance ticket. Located in the 17th century home of Cardinal Borghese, the gallery is home to the Cardinal's lifetime collection of art. See works of art by Caravaggio, Titian, Canova, Raphael, and Bernini as you walk through the 2-storey gallery.

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

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

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.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Private Tour

9. 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

10. 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).

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What people are saying about Borghese Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,963 reviews

It was an incredible museum which is much less crowded than many others since they monitor how many people go through at a time. The works of art are impressive with Bernini statues and Caravaggio paintings. The guide was knowledgeable and kind. So glad we didn’t miss this museum.

excellent guide service. The guy was so passionate and very very interesting. He spent the most time in rooms that were the most important, it was easy to hear him also. One of the best tours we did in Rome.

Our guide was fabulous. She had just the right amount of detail and background stories. She went the " extra mile" to help us through the Gardens so we could get to our next stop easily.

It was well structured, efficient and very professionaly manged tour. The guide was knowledgable and kind, great experience!

Beautiful experience The lady guide was fantastic, very well explaind KR