Villa Borghese: Tours & Tickets
5 must-sees in the Villa Borghese
Rome's Villa Borghese Gardens provide a holiday within a holiday! Once built as the grounds of an opulent estate, the large park boasts multiple attractions, including one of Italy's leading art galleries! Here's what to see and do on your visit.
1. Galleria Borghese
The Borghese Gallery is the grounds' premier attraction, boasting masterpieces from Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio, among many others.
2. Cinema Dei Piccoli
This quaint oddity at the park's southeasternmost entrance is the world's smallest purpose-built cinema! With just 63 seats, it screens kids movies most afternoons.
3. Globe Theatre
An exact replica of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre in London. The Bard's plays are performed only in Italian, but you can't understand them in English anyway, right?
4. Lake Garden
On a sunny day there are few better things to do in Rome than feed the birds or row a rented boat around the Villa's beautifully landscaped Lake Garden.
5. Bioparco di Roma
Rome's zoo and biopark can be found at the north of the gardens. Highlights include a giraffe terrace, where visitors can meet the lanky beasts face-to-face!
Planning Your Visit
What are the opening times?
The Galleria Borghese is open from 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed every Monday, as well as December 25th and January 1st. Book tickets in advance to beat the queues!
How to get there?
The Borghese Gardens lie to the immediate north of Spagna metro station on Line A. Follow the eastern border of the park to find the museum and gallery.
Good to know
- When should I visit?
- The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets to the Galleria Borghese are €11.00. Several discount options are available. The park is free.
- Will I need a guide?
- Galleria audioguides are available in several langages for €5. Several garden tours are also available!
- How to get there
- This attraction is immediately north of the Spagna metro station, or east of the Flaminio metro station.
- Additional information
- ** Only 360 visitors are allowed into the Galleria every 2 hours, and visit time slots are strictly enforced!
* Bags and large items must be checked when you enter the Galleria.*
What people are saying about Villa Borghese
If you are the art lover then the Borghese Gallery is the must! You'll find lots of high end art, especially Bernini sculptures. This gallery is more on sculptures than paintings though you'll find 6 masterpieces by Caravaggio in one place!! There is no other place on the planet to get the same concentration of Caravaggios. And of course the one and the only genius - Raffael!! Of course you'll find other masters works too like Tizian (Sacred and Profane Love), Rubens etc. On the negative side - I don't understand why this gallery asks that high price for the entrance ticket compared with Barberini Gallery for example?! Barberini Gallery asks you 12eur and you can go with the same ticket and visit the wonderful Corsini Gallery too! And the way to enter the gallery is quite inconvenient - we had to wait in line under the 40 degrees sun heat to step into the building one by one like ducks! Though inside the building there is enough room to hold the group of people.
you start up on the top floor with a bunch of mainly renaissance paintings then you make your way down a floor. and it's almost all statues ranging from roman times to the 1700s. there are some spectacular statues, which made it all worth it. You are allowed to visit in 2 hour windows.
Excellent Italian Art by brilliant artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio et al. The sculptures by Bernini of The Rape of Persephone and Apollo and Daphne are exquisite. Raphael’s Deposition of Christ is probably the most valuable painting in the gallery and well worth seeing.
Everything was good. Very easy to book only, good help line service, I was late and called the number provided, which was Easy to find and to reach out to, the person with my ticket waited for me and contacted me as well via phone. Perfect organization!
Great service. They still had tickets the night before my planned visit when all of the other online re-sellers were sold out (including the official Borghese Gallery Website). Very easy to find the meeting point and friendly transfer of ticket.