- Get timed entrance tickets for the Borghese Gallery (note that tickets aren't usually available on the day - and in fact often sell out up to a month in advance)
- Among the painted highlights: Caravaggio's Saint Jerome Writing, Raphael’s Deposition and Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
- Two statues to see here: Bernini's David sculpture is a lithe, coiled, figure in mid-battle with Goliath. And the Venus Victrix is a semi-nude by Canova, who used Napolean's sister Pauline as his model
The art collection of the wealthy, noble Borghese family soon became too big for a single home. It moved into the Galleria Borghese - a separate building in the famous Villa Borghese park. In 1901, the collection passed into the hands of the Italian government and ever since, tourists travel from all over the world to see this beautiful museum! Timed tickets are hard to come by, so grab yours before they're all gone!
The Borghese family was a rich and powerful Italian family who moved to Rome in the 16th century. Camillo Borghese became Pope Paul V, appointed his nephew Scipione Cardinal, and then things started really coming up Borghese.
Scipione Borghese had a brain for power and an eye for art. He was a patron of Caravaggio and Bernini, and ended up building the Galleria Borghese to house his ever-expanding collection of work from these two, and other Renaissance masters.
This small museum punches well above its weight, thanks to the lush surroundings (pink marble walls, frescoed ceilings, etc.) and the hit rate of masterpieces. Plus, thanks to the timed entrance policy, it gets busy but never crowded.
Artistic highlights include Bernini's sculpture of David which captures the biblical hero coiled in a state of readiness, and The Rape of Proserpina - done when Bernini was just 23. Other highlights include Caravaggio's Boy with Fruit Basket and Raphael's extraordinary Deposition of Christ and Lady with a Unicorn.
A visit here is a trip into the rarefied air of Renaissance highlife and a chance to commune with artistic masterpieces from Renaissance masters.
Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5,00197, Roma
- Entrance to the Borghese Gallery
Exchange your mobile ticket for a paper ticket at the Ticket Office inside the museum
NOTE: This venue has free entrance every first Sunday of the month. This is often the busiest time to visit, but on this day no ticket is required.
- You can take bus 116 and get off at Galleria Borghese, or 910 (from Termini Station) and get off at Pinciana/Museo Borghese.
After your visit, wander the Villa Borghese; it offers peaceful walks, bike or segway tours, a wonderful view of Rome from the Pincio terrace and a romantic boat trip through its little lake.
Easy booking system and timed entry
We liked the fact that you limeted the number of guests because one had to book an appointment to visit and you did not oversell the number of tickets restricting the number of visitors for that day. Thank you.
I was impressed how the Borghese only allows you into the gallery for 2 hours. When I first saw this I was disappointed that you would be limited but it is plenty of time to soak in all the magnificent art. This also keeps the public flow manageable and not overcrowded. I was able to step back and view all the works on my time and when the room became too crowded I could return when less crowded to view. It is such a great collection and should not be missed.
I've visited many many galleries in Italy and this is definitely one of the best!
So pleasant to walk around.
Would highly recommend going to see it if you're in Rome!!!!
Easy to use. Couldn't believe our luck that we could get tickets for a Sunday admission when the official website of the museum said that they were booked til Tuesday!
This marble sculptures seems to be alive and San girolamo the painting of Caravaggio a light that stays in mind
Tickets were sold out everywhere except here. Worked perfectly. And the gallery is amazing.
no troubles with a reservation