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5 must-sees in the Villa Borghese

Rome's Villa Borghese Gardens provide a holiday within a holiday! Once built as the grounds of an opulent estate, the large park boasts multiple attractions, including one of Italy's leading art galleries! Here's what to see and do on your visit.

Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

The Borghese Gallery is the grounds' premier attraction, boasting masterpieces from Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio, among many others.

Cinema Dei Piccoli

This quaint oddity at the park's southeasternmost entrance is the world's smallest purpose-built cinema! With just 63 seats, it screens kids movies most afternoons.

Globe Theatre

An exact replica of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre in London. The Bard's plays are performed only in Italian, but you can't understand them in English anyway, right?

Lake Garden

Lake Garden

On a sunny day there are few better things to do in Rome than feed the birds or row a rented boat around the Villa's beautifully landscaped Lake Garden.

Bioparco di Roma

Rome's zoo and biopark can be found at the north of the gardens. Highlights include a giraffe terrace, where visitors can meet the lanky beasts face-to-face!

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

The Galleria Borghese is open from 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed every Monday, as well as December 25th and January 1st. Book tickets in advance to beat the queues!

How to get there?

The Borghese Gardens lie to the immediate north of Spagna metro station on Line A. Follow the eastern border of the park to find the museum and gallery.

Good to know

  • 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?
    Adult tickets to the Galleria Borghese are €11.00. Several discount options are available. The park is free.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Galleria audioguides are available in several langages for €5. Several garden tours are also available!
  • How to get there
    This attraction is immediately north of the Spagna metro station, or east of the Flaminio metro station.
  • Additional information
    ** Only 360 visitors are allowed into the Galleria every 2 hours, and visit time slots are strictly enforced!
    * Bags and large items must be checked when you enter the Galleria.*

What people are saying about Villa Borghese

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 5,015 reviews

Worthwhile focussed artworks and historical tour

Two hours inside the gallery was enough for us as tourists, the checkin process was a little tricky in that all the other guides were outside in the piazza, but our guide Alex was inside out of the hot sunshine - which was actually sensible really, just hard to find him at first. He was super friendly and knowledgeable and gave us fascinating history behind selected paintings and sculptures, drawing our attention quickly to other not-to-be-missed artworks along the way. We were expecting (for no particular reason) a little train ride through the gardens as it's hard to get around very much of the estate on foot in an hour, but it was basically a guided walk to the city gates and some helpful info for wherever we all wanted to go next.

Rome: 3-Hour Borghese Gallery Tour and Gardens Reviewed by

Fantastic knowledgeable and amusing guide. Borghese not to be missed.

Lorenzo our guide kept us engaged the entire time with his flair and knowledge. The tour gave us the highlights which were quite amazing. It would have been impossible to grasp the wealth of history and detail in the Borghese Gallery without Lorenzo. The Gardens tour included was a very good way to continue on from the Gallery. Their is a lot of information to be had on the Gardens as well. We definitely appreciated our good fortune to be on personal tour with Lorenzo.

Fascinating visit, made very memorable with Elizabeth as our guide.!

We thoroughly enjoyed our personal guided tour of Galleria Borghese. As an option you can enjoy the gallery as a self guided tour, however, our personal guide, Elizabeth, not only provided historical detail but also explained from her personal knowledge (she’s born and raised in Rome) and her academic background in archeology. Highly recommended!!

Very good tour. Guide was very knowledgable.

Wonderful tour. The guide was outstanding. Some of us are not as young as we used to be and the gallery might consider providing a little more seating so we oldsters can get off our feet for a couple of minutes.

If you like sculptures and paintings you must visit this galleria for.

The galleria brings you in old Rome with his sculptures and paintings. It's in some nice park where you can spend your time for a whole day in nature...no cars, no trafic...good to rest in the best way

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