Tickets for Borghese Gallery Guided Tour: Skip The Line

One of the world's best museum experiences, plus magnificent gardens

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Duration: 2h
Wheelchair accessible
Live guide: English
Max group size: 15
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Skip-the-line entrance to the Borghese Gallery
Expert English-speaking guide
Audio headsets so that you can always hear the guide
Tour of the gardens
  • Enjoy renowned artwork by the likes of Bernini, Raphael, Canova, and Caravaggio
  • See masterpiece after masterpiece, with a guide revealing the collection's secrets
  • Be led through Villa Borghese's manicured gardens, and admire its pristine lawns, gushing fountains, and striking monuments on the second half of the tour

Built between 1609 and 1613, Galleria Borghese houses one of the world's best collections of art. That's not hyperbole: sculptures by Bernini, paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian – the list goes on. There's no better way to appreciate it than in a small group, with a passionate guide, bringing the masterpieces and the story of the collection to life.

If gargantuan museums like the Vatican and Louvre give you museum fatigue, you'll love your experience at the Galleria Borghese. Visits here come in two-hour slots, and are limited to 360 people at a time. So it gets busy, but not sardine-full.

Some of the many highlights include Canova's saucy semi-nude sculpture of Paolina Borghese (sister of Napoleon) casually reclining on a couch. Bernini's David and Apollo and Daphne, showcase the artist's gift for capturing action in stone. There are also many paintings from Renaissance bad-boy Caravaggio, including his Saint Jerome Writing, in which the saint appears to be using a human skull as a paperweight.

Other highlight canvases include Raphael's Deposition and Titian's Sacred and Profane Love. Your allotted time is just two hours, and seeing the collection with a guide will help you make the most of this opportunity; you won't just see the work, you'll come to understand the artists' intentions, and how they came to be in this lavish home.

On the second half of the tour, your guide will lead you through the manicured lawns, fountains, lakes, and monuments of the magical Villa Borghese Gardens. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from the top of the Pincio Terrace.

  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide right in front of the Borghese Gallery on Piazzale del Museo Borghese
  • The guide will be wearing a Loving Rome t-shirt
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197, Rome
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