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Borghese Gallery

Echoes of Opulence

Category: Must Do
Art
Italian style

Price from: $260

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

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The Gallery was put together by the Borghese Family, one of the wealthiest and most important families of Rome whose line includes several cardinals and Popes.

The original works of art there date back to the collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese which consists primarily of Renaissance and Baroque art. The Borghese Gallery is a real gem in the heart of Rome, a museum that houses a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes by masters such as Canova, Caravaggio and Bernini.

Meet your personal storyteller at your hotel/accommodation and travel together to the Borghese Gallery.
Start this journey by discovering incredible masterpieces by the greatest Italian artists and learn all about the Borghese Family, which played a major role in Roman history. You will see Canova's famous sculpture of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, which caused a stir when it became known that the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte posed nude for this work of art. Among the masterpieces in the gallery are the celebrated statues Apollo and Daphne and the Pluto’s Abduction of Proserpina by Bernini, Raphael's Entombment of Christ, Caravaggio's Sick Bacchus, and Titian's Sacred and Profane Love (also known as Venus and the Bride). 

The heavenly Borghese Park is located north of the Spanish Steps, where you will see a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the hill. It is a popular location for Roman weddings and overlooks Piazza del Popolo. The area was once a vineyard until Cardinal Scipione Borghese converted it into a park. Continue this tour discovering the Borghese Gardens, a stunning natural setting that houses beautiful fountains, monuments, gardens and flora.

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Summary
  • Approximately 3 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    8:30AM or 02:30pm
  • Not available on Mondays.
  • Included 
    Exclusive Early Entrance (before the general public) Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets Meet & Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation Private Tour Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Not Included 
    Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) Private Driver (can be arranged upon request)
Standard itinerary
Piazzale di Villa Borghese
Borghese Gallery
Borghese Park
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Gelato Class

US$350** Please note: Price is up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

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Info about your Borghese Gallery Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 3h. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: 8:30AM or 2:30PM.
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are not permitted. You may be asked to to turn your camera in and get it back when you leave
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is recommended.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Borghese Gallery.
  • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum.