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The giant park of Villa Borghese has always been dear to the Roman people as the Borghese family opened their estate on Sundays and holidays. It is a green paradise overlooking the city, a respite from chaotic Rome, a truly authentic Italian experience.
At 148 acres, Villa Borghese is quite an expansive park. To see it all (in style) best rent yourself a bike! They cost around €4 for an hour, or €10 for the day.
There are 12 fountains throughout the park, some modern, some ancient. The sound of running water from a fountain was thought to be calming by the Romans.
The Borghese Gallery consists of 20 rooms across two floors. Some of the most magnificent pieces are 17th century sculptures created specifically for the spaces they occupy.
Situated on the lake is a 19th century temple devoted to the Greek god of health and healing. It was inspired by a similar temple in the Stourhead Gardens of Wiltshire, England.
Tickets for the museum are always sold out, so they must be purchased at least two weeks prior. Booking by telephone avoids a reservation fee that the online ticketing service charges.
Arrive early, because entry times to the museum are strictly followed. Expect the staff to keep you on your two hour time limit moving from room to room.
The main entrance to the park is at Piazzale Flaminio near Piazza del Popolo just North of central Rome. Take the metro to Spagna or Flaminio station.
- When should I visit?
- The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
- Is it expensive?
- 11 Euros
- Will I need a guide?
- Not necessary, but recommended!
- How to get there
- Take the metro to Spangna or Flaminio, or simply walk from the Spanish Steps.
- Additional information
- If you have kids, be sure to take them to the puppet theater near the entrance at Piazzo del Popolo!
What people are saying about Borghese Gardens
We arrived late but everyone was understanding. Helmets were provided. Bikes were not top of the line but fine.The historcal knowledge of our guide was very impressive and he did a great job of adjusting to our 3 childrens levels of understanding. Most of the tour was in the gardens however the minimal amount of street riding gave us bragging rights to cliam we went biking in the city of Rome! Doing tours like this is a great way to keep the kids having fun while gaining knowledge of history and appreciation of another culture. Water was provided and a great cafe right next door made it possible to refuel after the ride. I'd love to do a longer tour of the city streets early morning when traffic is light. Guide and shopworkers spoke perfect English. Great website mades booking reservation before you leave for your trip to Rome easy. Rome would be a better place to visit and live if all the tourists used bikes and not buses. Support bike tours in Rome by taking this fabulous tour.
After being herded through several museums in Rome, our Borghese visit was a special time. Having a limited number of people in the gallery at one time meant it was easy to hear our guide, you could ask questions, you could actually see the art close up!!! Our guide was both interesting and highly knowledgeable. The walk through the gardens before the gallery opened was a memorable way to start the day. Borghese was pretty low on our list of things to see in Rome, but it turned out to be a bright spot during our time there.
As the above title suggests, we got lost on the way to the Galleria, which we think is not unusual, as all the maps around the Gardens were surrounded by other baffled people, and we arrived late. However, the GetYourGuide representative managed to get replacement tickets for us, which, from the reviews of other visitors, are not always allowed. The sculptures and paintings are magnificent, and we were glad not to have missed them.
Very easy to purchase the vouchers online. Great communication via email. It would have been great if the company rep on site had a banner identifying that this is where to come and exchange the vouchers for tickets. We stood in a line for 10 minutes and then found out we were in the wrong place.
Well organised entry. Slots limited to 2 hours, ensures the venue never gets overcrowded. Not a tour, but audio available and some (well worn) laminated sheets also available for some items. Fantastic exhibits, Just felt a bit lost sometimes on what we were looking at! Good cafe and bookshop.