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Top sights in Rome
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.
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.
Everyone should be as lucky as we were to land Alexandro as their tour guide for the Borghese Gallery. He was not only well versed in the history of the Borgheses, which provided enlightening insight into the development of the art collection, but also, as an artist himself, was able to talk about artistic technique and individual paintings and sculptures quite compellingly. He had excellent rapport with all the members of our tour group and we all appreciated and benefited from his personal attention. We would give him our highest recommendation. The three hours with him has been the highlight of our visit to Rome.
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.
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!!