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Rome: 2-Hour Borghese Gallery Small Group Tour

Product ID: 60186
Discover masterpieces of art at one of Rome’s most impressive museums on a 2-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery. Admire sculptures, paintings, and floor mosaics by artists such as Canova, Bernini and Caravaggio. See one of the Rome’s most exquisite villas.
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Duration: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the long lines to the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome's most popular museums
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour of no more than 12 people
  • 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, artists being sent to jail, their workshops 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.
  • 2-hour tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Borghese Gallery at Piazzale del Museo Borghese. The easiest way to reach the meeting point is by taxi, but it is also walkable from the top of the Spanish Steps. From the "Spagna" Metro Station, exit the station and ascend the staircase. Turn left, following the signs through the park towards the Galleria (about a 20-minute walk). Please be sure to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts. The guide will leave at the designated time and will not wait for late customers.

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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 small group tour is limited to a maximum of 12 people
• This tour is only available in English
• The tour will take place in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 156 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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This was our second time back to the Borghese but the first time with a guide -- which we would recommend for first-timers. Seth was excellent: knowledgeable, personable, and clearly passionate about art. Although the focus was, as anticipated, on Bernini, other important works also noted and explained. We enjoyed the small group experience, especially as it was easier to manage in a crowd (Christmas-New Year-Epiphany holiday time).

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4 January 2020

Our two-hour tour of the Borghese Gallery was very impressive. There are many masterpieces to see and our guide did a great job of showing us the most important in the two-hour window that the Gallery gives to all visitors. (At the end of the two hours they clear the Gallery of all visitors so that the next group can come in.)

6 November 2019

The guide (Alexander I believe) was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic that the visit, my second, was exceptional. The one issue is that the tour was not 3 hours but 2 hours. The other couple with us also had concerns that they had paid for a 3 hour tour and got a 2 hour tour.

28 October 2019

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Product ID: 60186