Borghese Gallery Tour & Tickets: With Bernini, Caravaggio & Raphael

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Location: Rome
Category: Attractions / Museums
Duration: 150.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Enjoy one of the finest private collections of art in the world in its original setting: A 17th-century villa built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to show off his art.
- Don’t worry about trying to get tickets for this hot venue (where tickets always have to be purchased in advance), they’re pre-purchased and included in the price of the tour.
- Get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful marble sculptures in existence including Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpina, and David.
- Admire the beauty of one of the sexiest and most scandalous women of the 18th and 19th centuries, Pauline Bonaparte, as sculpted by Canova.
- Bask in the gritty grandeur of Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist and David and Goliath.
- Marvel at a peerless collection of some of history’s greatest paintings including Raphael’s The Deposition, Titian’s The Scourging of Christ and more.
- Enjoy an intimate group of 15 people or fewer led by an expert, English-speaking guide with an immense passion for art and the stories that bring it to life.
When it comes to art museums, the Villa Borghese is in a league of its own. Instead of trying to be encyclopedic, like the Louvre, this 17th-century palace is filled with a distilled collection of the very best. If you want to avoid the crowds and see great art in its original setting - the way it was meant to be seen - our Borghese Gallery tour is the perfect experience for you. In two hours you will wander the villa’s 20 rooms and marvel at peerless masterpieces in each one. 
Nowhere else is so much beauty packed so elegantly into so little space. With crowds strictly controlled by the museum, you won’t have to strain to hear your expert, English-speaking guide tell the stories behind each work. No distractions, no hassle, and no long lines, just you and some of the greatest works of art in the world. 

Imagine a palace that was specifically built to house amazing works of art. Its twenty rooms are treasure troves of visual splendor: every wall holds a masterpiece, every pedestal supports exquisitely carved marble, and even the ceilings sing with divine frescoes. Well, you don’t have to imagine it because this is a description of the Galleria Borghese, Rome’s most exclusive and intimate art museum. Built in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to house his magnificent art collection, it was once only open to royals and visiting dignitaries. Today, it lets in groups at two-hour intervals (with pre-reserved tickets) to ensure that its 20 rooms of masterpieces are never overcrowded.

Once inside, your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you on a highlight tour of the collection, showing you well-known works like Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpina, and David; Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist; and Canova’s Pauline Bonaparte; along with lesser-known gems like Raphael’s Lady with a Unicorn; and Bassano’s The Last Supper.

Along the way you will be able to indulge in one of the rarest aesthetic pleasures: Seeing great art in the setting that it was meant to be seen in. Before public art museums this was how the luckiest people in Europe viewed paintings and sculptures and it’s frankly fantastic.

What they often didn’t have was an expert, English-speaking guide to help interpret and give context to the art. Yours brings an incredible passion to the proceedings and will inform you of all the backstories that lend each work depth and nuance. From the quirks of Cardinal Borghese to the heartbreaking story of the commissioning of Raphael’s The Deposition, this is a journey through art like none you have taken before. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Pre-reserved, all-inclusive Borghese Gallery Tickets
Expert, English-speaking guide
Headsets for groups over 6
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Please note that the second floor of the Borghese Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
The Borghese museum does not allow any bags or purses into the galleries. All such items must be checked before entering the museum, which your guide will help you with upon arrival.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 15 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 41.9142103, 12.4921442
Address: Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT
Notes: The easiest way to reach this is by taxi, but it is also walkable from the top of the Spanish Steps, taking the Metro stop "Spagna," ascending the staircase, taking a left, then following the signs through the park towards the Galleria. This is about a 20 minute walk.
Start Location Notes Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT
End Location Address Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 41.9142103, 12.4921442
Address: Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT
Start Location Notes Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT
End Location Address Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, Rome, Lazio, 00197, IT


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €79.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €74.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

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Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I visit the Borghese garden before?

You can definitely explore the Villa Borghese park before the tour! It is free and very beautiful. The Galleria Borghese is inside the park and not difficult to find.

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