Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

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Appreciate art like a collector with this fully-guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Carefully controlled entry means that unlike the nearby Vatican Museums, this collection of masterpieces is never crowded.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English, French
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the stress-free controlled entry, which lets visitors observe famous masterworks with minimal crowds
  • Book with ease: pre-reserved tickets and Skip-the-Line Access mean less time organizing and more time enjoying works by Bernini and more
  • Discover a hidden treasure trove of art history with works from masters like Caravaggio
  • Take a tour of the Borghese Gardens, the Cardinal’s take on a traditional English garden (except on tours after 7:00 PM)
Full description
Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned both the Villa Borghese itself and many of the great works still on display in its gallery. Works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Titian remain in their original settings, as envisioned by the Cardinal, a fiercely determined collector.

Strictly-controlled entry to the Villa and Gallery can make booking difficult and complicated. This package lets you avoid the organizing and even skip the line to get in when you arrive.

During this fully-guided tour you’ll hear more about Cardinal Borghese’s quest to complete his collection, and the stories behind the artworks themselves, including Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne", Canova’s "Pauline Bonaparte", Caravaggio’s "St. Jerome" and Raphael’s "The Deposition". Your guide will be an English-speaker and an expert on the collection, and audio headsets ensure you’ll hear every word they say.

The tour also includes a visit to the Borghese Gardens: once the Cardinal’s private park, now a favorite spot for locals to relax among sculptures, plants, and water features, and get away from it all. From the Pincio Terrace you can appreciate another kind of work of art: the vista of Rome itself, from the Piazza del Popolo into the distance.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Borghese Gallery
  • Borghese Gallery entrance ticket
  • Expert guide
  • Garden walking tour (excluding the 7:00 PM option)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

When you get there

Meeting point

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

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Know before you go
• The 7:00 PM option does not include the 'Garden Walking Tour' and the duration is two hours
• It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• It is impossible to accommodate guests with wheelchairs, strollers, or baby carriages, or guests with any impairments requiring special assistance on group tours
• The use of mobile phones is prohibited
• Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. You may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks
• Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, it is recommended to avoid bringing large bags on the tour
• Note no bags are permitted in the Borghese Gallery, and must be checked in
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From £51.62 £46.46 per person