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Borghese Gallery: Private Tour

Borghese Gallery: Private Tour

From US$ 136.17 per person

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.

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Duration options: 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Russian, German, Spanish, Dutch
Private group
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Not allowed

  • Cameras
  • Luggage or large bags
Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Borghese Gallery
  • Admire sculptures and paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael and others
  • See a spectacular view of Rome from the Pincio Terrace
  • Hear stories of looted churches and artist workshops
Full description
Skip the long lines to one of Rome’s most popular museums on a guided tour of the Museo e Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery). Housed in a stunning villa just outside 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 not arranged chronologically. Instead, it is a 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. Highlights of the museum include Raffaello's “Woman with the Unicorn,” Domenichino's “Diana,” Botticelli's “Madonna and Child,” and Caravaggio's “David.” You can also marvel at Bernini's “Apollo and Daphne,” Canova's “Paolina,” and Tiziano's “Amor Sacro & Amor Profano.” Hear 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
  • Access to Villa Borghese
  • Access to Borghese Gallery
  • Access to Borghese Gardens
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Ground Floor Sculptures, Borghese Gallery
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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

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5 /5

based on 33 reviews

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

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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

Fantastic guide for an unique place

May 7, 2022

The museum/gallery has been on our “must visit list” for a long time . The guided tour did not disappoint and it was enlightening and enjoyable .

February 12, 2022

Product ID: 390873

VA ID: 390873