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Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Activity provider: Alwaysrome

Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Activity provider: Alwaysrome
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From US$ 140.50 per person

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Discover masterpieces of art at one of Rome’s most impressive museums on a 2-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, French, Italian, Russian, German, Spanish, Dutch
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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome's most popular museums
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour
  • Admire sculptures and paintings by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael and many others
  • Get a spectacular view of Rome from the Pincio Terrace
  • Hear stories of looted churches and artist workshops, and art obtained without cause
Full description

Skip the long lines to one of Rome’s most popular museums on a 2-hour guided tour of the Museo e Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery). Housed in a stunning villa just outside the Porta Pinciana, the collection has been described as the “Queen of all Private Art Collections.”

One of the most interesting, charming, elegant and compact art museums in Rome, the collection is neither chronologically arranged, nor very ordinate.

Instead, it is a personal, lovingly matched collection that reveals the personalities and tastes of 2 people: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest of the Baroque artists, and Scipione Cardinal Borghese, the greatest art collector, who initiated the Roman Baroque. Explore his passion for art, for which he had an infallible instinct, and his unscrupulousness in obtaining the works of art he wanted to posses.

Highlights of the museum are many, but include Raffaello's “Woman with the Unicorn,” Domenichino's “Diana,” Botticelli's “Madonna and Child,” and Caravaggio's “David.” Marvel at Bernini's “Apollo and Daphne,” Canova's “Paolina,” and Tiziano's “Amor Sacro & Amor Profano.”

Hear a never ending drama of untold stories about art being stolen from churches and artists being sent to jail.

Listen to stories about workshops being devastated by Borghese's confiscations, mysterious deaths, and other stories of intrigue and passion that explain how the Baroque could sometimes cost more than life itself.

Includes
  • 2-hour tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Piazzale del Museo Borghese, in front of the Borghese Gallery at the main entrance.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that cameras and bags are not permitted inside the Borghese Gallery, and will need to be checked in at the cloakroom before the tour to be collected afterwards
  • Please note that due to staircases the tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues
  • This tour is only available in English
  • The tour will take place in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 195 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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This was a thorough and intense two hour tour of one of Rome's most famous art collections, something not to be missed when visiting this city. Our guide was a highly educated scholar of art history, BUT she offered so much detail, talking non stop, that we felt exhausted and overwhelmed at the end. Not being art experts at her level, we did not have the frame of reference to understand much of what she told us about each of the schools of art represented in the collection. A few good anecdotes might have made the experience more enjoyable and memorable. The art, of course, was memorable, but we would never take a tour with this guide again. It was exhausting!

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December 30, 2022

Seeing the Borghese was the one thing I wanted to see in detail whilst visiting Roma and so I spent a little extra on a private tour, well worth it! Anna, my guide, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, picked out a nice selection to focus on during our limited time (one could spend days there) and had some great stories to tell about how Borghese created his collection (hint, don’t say no to Borghese!). My fav thing to see was the Apollo and Daphne room where you can literally see Daphne transform into a tree! Back at my hotel which was the parc dei principi grand, suddenly all the random paintings on the wall came to life as many were copies of what I had explained to me in detail by Anna! Finally, one can only imagine the true splendore of the Borghese and all the grounds when it was in its original shape (like before Napoleon “borrowed a bunch of stuff”).

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December 11, 2021

There are few people in winter, so I didn't have to apply. It's quite an extra ... I was told that there was no reservation even though I made a reservation around 9:00 am and completed it. I was surprised when I was told that the deadline was supposed to be 24 hours before. I added one star for my sister because the lady in charge worked hard and put it in properly. In winter it is enough to go by yourself. For tours, just sign up for a museum tour. Content is pretty poor

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February 7, 2020

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