Villa Borghese

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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

    1. Galleria Borghese

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

  • 2. 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.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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.

  • 5. 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!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.*

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What people are saying about Villa Borghese

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,037 reviews

The Borghese Gallery in my opinion is one of the finest galleries in Rome. To miss the experience when visiting Rome would be a great loss. You should always visit a galley like the Borghese with a knowledgeable guide to explain the importance and history of the individual pieces of art. The biggest part of looking at art is understating what you are looking at.

The ticket was regularly and punctually delivered to me.The Borghese Gallery collects treasures by Caravaggio and Canova of exquisite workmanship. Everything from the decorations of the floors, walls and ceilings to the furnishings captivates and conquers. I highly recommend the experience.

Borghese Villa and Gardens are a must see if you visit Rome. The Villa is stunning with the most beautiful art exhibitions. The gardens themselves are beautiful also. We were lucky as it was a very pleasant day with lots of sunshine.

Lots of arts from historical period. Watching them live in this museum live is a great experience.

A concentrate of superb paintings, ceiling, period but also contemporary. We liked it a lot