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The Borghese Gallery

Places visited (entrance tickets to be purchased in advance): 

  • Borghese Gallery

Add-ons:

  • Borghese Gardens
  • Pincio Terrace
  • Santa Maria del Popolo church with
  • Caravaggio’s paintings

Duration: 2 hours, 3 hours with add-ons

Difficulty: 1/3

Accessibility: the Borghese Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For mobility challenged visitors, wheelchairs are also available on site.

Focus: Baroque Art, Italian Masters of Painting, Historical Mansion and Gardens

The number of visitors allowed into the Borghese Gallery is limited to max 300 every 2 hours. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are linked to a time slot. Groups over 6 people pay an additional fee. 

You are now charged just for the deposit. For pricing consult the tab below.

The Borghese Gallery is the most famous art gallery in Rome, and justly so. It’s really unique, because it wasn’t intended as a museum, but it was once the week-end getaway of the wealthiest cardinal in Rome, Scipione Borghese, nephew to Pope Paul V. Scipione had the Villa built in 1607, and used it to entertain his guests, to show off his immense wealth, and to display his fabulous art collection. 

Over the years, the Borghese family continued to add to the collection, which boasts masterpieces by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian; in the early 1700’s the rooms where refurbished in an even more opulent way than before. Eventually, in 1902 the building, the collection and the gardens were acquired by the Italian government and turned into a public museum.

The Gallery has two floors: on the first floor, you find the lavish rooms where the Borghese family hosted their grand parties and receptions, housing the amazing sculptures Gian Lorenzo Bernini created as a young artist for Cardinal Scipione. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a fairytale palace, full of frescoes, gilded stuccowork, precious marble. 

On the upper floor we’ll see the private rooms where Scipione would stay whenever he spent time in his country retreat; nowadays they house the picture gallery, with millions of dollars in paintings hanging on the walls. Hear about the cardinal’s escapades, and how his passion for art led him to cajole, bribe, and threaten people, to get the masterpieces he coveted most.

Add-ons

The Gallery is surrounded by the pretty Gardens, a public park open to the public, dotted with a lake, a horse competition field, a zoo and several other museums. If you feel like it, we can walk through the park to the Pincio Terrace to enjoy the view over the city, and we might then walk down to visit the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of the finest in Rome, to see 2 more masterpieces by Caravaggio, the painter who revolutioned Italian art in the early 1600’s and whose wonderful works we’ve just seen at the Gallery.

If you plan on visiting the church, please remember the dress code: for both men and women shoulders/midriffs and knees must be covered. If you want to be comfortable in the hot Italian summer, it’s a good idea to bring a shawl to wrap around you if you are wearing shorts and/or sleeveless.

Useful info

If you are interested in booking this tour, please get in touch so we can talk over the details!

Checkroom and photography

To enter the Gallery, you have to leave bags and backpacks at the checkroom, free of charge. You are allowed to carry a small purse with your personal items. Photography is generally allowed, except at times when temporary exhibitions are held inside the Gallery rooms.

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Cost guideline – What’s included

Duration of tour 1-2 people 3-4 people 5-6 people 7-8 people
Up to 3 hours 180,00 EUR 195,00 EUR 210,00 EUR 240,00 EUR
+ each additional hour 60,00 EUR 65,00 EUR 70,00 EUR 80,00 EUR
  • For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote. 
  • The tour rate includes your private guided tour – price is total, not per person. 
  • Entrance tickets, transportation to the starting point, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates. Headsets are not included (only needed with 6+ people).
  • The Borghese Gallery has strict rules regarding the number of visitors allowed to visit at any given time. Max 300 people are let in every 2 hours, so the ticket gives you a time slot you have to adhere to (9-11-13-15-17). After 2 hours, all visitors are asked to leave, and the next bunch enters.
  • Tickets have to be bought in advance, availability can be limited; please get in touch as early as possible, to make sure we can get the tickets for the day desired. Entry fees are between 20-25 EUR depending on whether there’s any special exhibition at the Gallery. Updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking.
  • According to the Gallery’s rules, groups of more than 6 people pay an additional fee and are required to use headsets to do the guided tour.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings). From April 1st to October 30th, last minute bookings (less than 3 days prior to the tour) are subject to a 15% surcharge.
You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy. 
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