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Top sights in Rome
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.
The Borghese Gallery is the grounds' premier attraction, boasting masterpieces from Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio, among many others.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
- 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
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.
For this tour the partner tour company we were given was Love Rome. The specific guide was Frederico who was excellent and told the story of the Borgehese family and also each piece of art. With only two hours there was enough time to discuss each masterpiece. With our guide I could have spent another hour listening to stories and background of each masterpiece in the gallery.
We are American expats who live in central Italy but we had never visited the Gallery until now. Too bad for us. We've seen a lot of beautiful things in Italy, but the Villa di Borghese was a huge surprise. If you're planning on a visit, I highly recommend taking a guided tour (about 2 hours) and well worth the cost. We can't wait to go back.
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.