- It's hard to pick a favorite work of art here, but Bernini's David sculpture is remarkable. Unlike Michelangelo's stoic static David, Bernini's version is lithe, coiled, focused, in the thick of his battle with Goliath. Titian's painting Sacred and Profane Love is another winner
- Entry is limited to two hours, so seeing it with a guide means you can make the most of your limited time with this collection of masterpieces by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio and more
- The whole Villa Borghese is actually an elegant city park. Make some time before or after your appointment at Galleria Borghese to wander. It's what city residents do, and when in Rome...
Built between 1609 and 1613, Galleria Borghese is one of the world's best collections of art. That's not hyperbole: sculptures by Bernini, paintings, by Caravaggio and Raphael and Titian... the list goes on. There's no better way to appreciate it than with a guide, bringing the masterpieces - and the story of their 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.
Cardinal Scipione Borghese was a prolific (and ruthless) art collector, and he wanted this villa to be worthy spot of his art collection. And it is: pink marble walls, frescoed ceilings - and even floor mosaics from the Colosseum - create a stunning backdrop for a truly remarkable collection of art.
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's 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 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. When your time is up, a walk in the Villa Borghese (the park that surrounds the gallery), will bring you gently back down to earth.
Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5,00197, Roma
- Pre-booked Borghese Gallery tickets and all reservation fees
- Expert & entertaining English-speaking guide
- Relaxed and informative guided tour of the Gallery and the Borghese Gardens
- Small groups of 12 people or less
- Show the ticket on your smartphone to the guide. No need to print!
- The Borghese Gallery does not allow handbags, backpacks, or umbrellas to be carried inside. If you do bring them they need to be checked before entering.
- The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
You will meet the guide just outside the Borghese Gallery in Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, he/she will hold a panel with the “AlwaysRome” company logo.
- Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5 –Rome
- Bus n°: 5, 19, 52, 53, 63, 86, 88, 92, 95, 116, 204, 217, 231, 360,490, 491, 495, 630, 910, 926
- Underground Line A: Piazza di Spagna stop (follow the signs Villa Borghese - Via Veneto)
- Taxi: ask for Galleria Borghese, entrance from Via Pinciana, Via dell’Uccelliera