Tickets for Borghese Gallery

A private art collection that's second to none

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:00 - 19:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 19:00
Thursday:  09:00 - 21:00
Friday:  09:00 - 19:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 19:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 19:00
Monday:  Closed
Best time to visit
Early morning or after lunch
Highlights
  • 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
Exhibitions
Lucio Fontana. Earth and Gold
Now on - Jul 28, 2019 (ends in 5 days)

Lucio Fontana is often compared to twentieth-century modernist painters who seek formal purity by reducing painting to its bare essentials. This exhibition presents about fifty works of the artist's works in gold and ceramics which are placed between Renaissance and Baroque works. This aims to highlight the persisting relevance of a timeless problem: how do art objects interact with the temporal and structural space which they occupy?

Throughout the ages of classical art, gold was used to represent a spatial component; the Divine Light, untouched by humanity. Earth-like elements were arranged precariously, never puncturing the divine space. In this exhibition, Fontana negates gold with the element of earth (mud) to create a dialogue between the here and now through similar mediums.

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Description

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 Borgheses were 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.

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Ticket
Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
Access to the Borghese Gallery
Access to the temporary exhibition (if available)
Instructions
  • Swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at the ticket office inside the museum, downstairs from the street
  • Please be there 15 minutes before your reserved timeslot
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, 00197, Rome
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

Getting there:

You can take either the bus 116 and get off at Galleria Borghese, or 910 (from Termini Station) and get off at Pinciana/Museo Borghese.

Insider tip

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.

Paolo
Regional Manager
Reviews
Jul 22, 2019
Superb examples of Bernini sculpture plus extraordinary range and number of other masterpieces including by Caravaggio. Hard to describe the experience - must see. Appreciative of entrance rules - numbers kept to acceptable level and given a reasonable period of time to enjoy the gallery.
Jul 21, 2019
The sculptures, art and history of the collection and Borghese are worth visiting. The staff was fairly “snarky” and showed signs of being overwhelmed by tourists which is why we rated Good and not Excellent. The museum is in a beautiful location in a park full of fun activity and beautiful foliage.
Jul 21, 2019
The Villa it’s self and the art inside the Villa was not really appealing to us. There are two stories one was sculptures the other one was paintings. We were inside the Villa for about 20 minutes. the flower gardens were not accessible for us. we saw the yard with burned grass. Not really worth my time
Jul 18, 2019
This is a must see.
Jul 18, 2019
Read up about the gallery before you go----I would have loved to have known more about the amazing building. Felt like I didn't understand the splendor that I was looking at. Also, get the audio tour. I didn't and that was a miss.
Jul 16, 2019
Definitely worth to visit
Jul 16, 2019
wonderful'
Jul 15, 2019
Brilliant! Bernini and Caravaggio!
Jul 14, 2019
It is a timed entrance ticket so it's very helpful to get the tickets ahead of time to make sure you can get it. The Gallery is one place you shouldn't miss. Spectacular.
Jul 14, 2019
Powerful and incredible exhibit. I am so glad to have seen the Borghese Gallery and gardens!

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