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Villa Borghese

Glimpse works by Raphael and Carvaggio at the home of the Borghese Gallery and gorgeous Borghese Gardens.

Villa Borghese: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

1. Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Get fast track entry to the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), and then explore the vast art collections at your own pace. Look at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters. Discover highlights such as the representation of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova, and go to the Caravaggio room to look at paintings such as "David with the Head of Goliath" and the "Boy with a Basket of Fruit." See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," along with sculptures by Bernini, including his "Apollo and Daphne" and "David." Go for a stroll around the gardens for a view over the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

2. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour limited to 15 people. Take advantage of the option to pre-book your ticket, knowing that this popular attraction often sells out in advance. Secure your entrance to one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Once inside, admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like Young Sick Bacchus, and Boy with a Basket of Fruit. You'll also see Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures collection, including works like Apollo and Daphne and “Paolina Bonaparte, as well as Raffaello’s Entombment of Christ. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, stories, and painting techniques behind the masterpieces in one of the world’s most beautiful art museums.

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

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

Learn about Cardinal Borghese's vast art collection and the stories behind each piece on this guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Stroll along shady lanes among sculptures and tranquil fountains. 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 in the distance.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket & Golf Cart Ride

4. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket & Golf Cart Ride

When in Rome, a visit to the Borghese Gallery is a must. Explore the beautiful complex and see masterpieces by some of history's most renowned artists. Avoid waiting around with skip-the-line access and discover afterward the grounds as you ride in a golf cart or take a stroll at your own pace. Meet your host at the main entrance to the gallery and pick up your tickets. Then, head inside where a vast collection of world-famous artworks await you. Beat the cue with your skip-the-line tickets, giving you more time to check out the exhibits and artworks. Explore the gallery at your own pace and spend time with the artworks that appeal to you most. Admire sculptures and paintings from icons of the art world including Canova, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Some of the highlights of the gallery include Canova’s Representation of Pauline Bonaparte, Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, Raphael’s The Deposition, and Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. After the gallery, step outside and hop on board a golf cart for a tour of Villa Borghese. Sit back and relax as you travel through the tranquil gardens of the villa and marvel at the Fountain of the Sea Horses, the water clock, the Temple of Diana, and the Piazza di Siena. You can also enjoy a walk around the gardens, take some photos of the breathtaking view from the Pincio Terrace, and have a look at the onsite cinema museum.

Rome: Galleria Borghese Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

5. Rome: Galleria Borghese Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

View the art collection of the Borghese family in this gallery inside the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. Skip the line to enter the gallery, and appreciate the collection of famous sculptures and paintings from artists such as Caravaggio and Bernini. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the gallery. Explore the art display, which is in a separate building from the Villa Borghese Park. Inside the gallery, see paintings from Caravaggio, including "Young Sick Bacchus" and "Boy with a Basket of Fruit."  Then, admire sculptures from Bernini, including "David", and "Apollo and Daphne." Marvel at the collection of Canova's sculptures, including "Paolina Bonaparte", a likeness of Napoleon's sister reclining on a couch. Also, walk through the rooms of Casina Borghese, and gaze at the frescoes. Enrich your experience by selecting the option with the local and expert guide, who will guide you inside the Borghese Gallery. The small group allows you to fully enjoy the visit.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

6. Rome: Borghese Gallery Entry Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Skip-the-line and reserve a timed entry spot for The Borghese Gallery with this entrance ticket. Explore the gallery at your own pace as you see works from famous artists throughout the centuries. Home to several masterpieces by Renaissance, Roman, and Baroque artists, the Borghese Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. Don't miss your chance to explore the gallery by reserving a timed entrance ticket. Located in the 17th century home of Cardinal Borghese, the gallery is home to the Cardinal's lifetime collection of art. See works of art by Caravaggio, Titian, Canova, Raphael, and Bernini as you walk through the 2-storey gallery.

Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

7. Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

Discover Rome’s art, architecture, and history. With this hop-on/hop-off Rome package, you can explore the city in a manner that best suits your desires, giving you control of your holiday. Wear headphones to guide you in your selected language, allowing you to go out and enjoy the charms and atmosphere of the "Eternal City" at your leisure. The itinerary for your open-bus tour is as follows: • Terminal (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)• Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza dell'Esquilino, 12)• Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio- close to the entrance of Palatine)• Circus Maximus (Via del Circo Massimo- Belvedere Romolo e Remo)• Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34)• Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7)• Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi, 48)• Barberini Square (Via Barberini, 14)

Rome: Skip-the-Line Borghese Gallery Tour

8. Rome: Skip-the-Line Borghese Gallery Tour

Explore the world-famous artworks of the Borghese Gallery and its enchanting surroundings on an insightful tour. Access the site with skip-the-line tickets, then take a mesmerizing walk through this unmissable gallery. Take in outstanding views of Rome from the gardens. Meet your guide and take advantage of your priority tickets to walk right in without waiting in line. Immerse yourself in the fascinating pieces that cover the gallery with the help of your guide's detailed commentary. Take your time to savor the beautiful and inspiring artworks created by some of the greatest artists in the country, such as Bernini, Raffaello, Caravaggio, and Canova. After your tour, enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens of Villa Borghese and admire panoramic views of Rome.

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

9. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network. Here is a list of museums, archaeological sites, and experiences included: • Accademia Nazionale di San Luca• Circo Massimo• Circo Massimo Experience• Forum Pass Super (Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine)• Galleria Borghese• Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale• Galleria Nazionale Duarte Antica in Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea• Galleria Spada• Journeys through ancient Rome• Mausoleo di Augusto• MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo• Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali• Musei Capitolini• Musei Capitolini - Centrale Montemartini• Musei di Villa Torlonia• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casina delle Civette• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casino Nobile• Musei di Villa Torlonia – Serra Moresca• Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese• Museo Civico di Zoologia• Museo dell’Ara Pacis• Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina• Museo delle Mura• Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi• Museo di Roma• Museo di Roma in Trastevere• Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco• Museo Napoleonico• Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali (reduced ticket only)• Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo• Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia (service with Roma Pass temporarily suspended)• Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia• Museo Nazionale Romano• Museo Nazionale Romano - Crypta Balbi• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo• Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano• Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese• Museum of Civilisations• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini"• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale• Palazzo Valentini - Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino • Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Colosseo (Anfiteatro Flavio)• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Palatino e Foro Romano• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Antiquarium Di Lucrezia Romana• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Complesso di Capo di Bove• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Parco Delle Tombe Della Via Latina• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova• Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica• Terme di Caracalla• Villa di Massenzio & Mausoleo di Romolo

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

10. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Marvel at a collection of paintings and sculptures started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and housed in his party villa on the outskirts of 17th-century Rome with a skip-the-line ticket to the Borghese Gallery. Considered one of the most important museums in Rome, the gallery is frequently fully booked and hard to access. Skip the long lines with your pre-reserved ticket and explore the Galleria Borghese's full-of-art 20 rooms. See artifacts from antiquity, including a mosaic of gladiators from 320-330 AD that was found on the Borghese estate at Torrenova. Learn more about the powerful Borghese family and their relationship with Napoleon in the 1800s. Discover classical antiquities of the I-III centuries AD, such as the Venus Victrix sculpture and a trompe l'oeil ceiling fresco with a great 3D effect. Marvel at masterpieces such us the Paolina Borghese by Canova, paintings by Rubens and Tiziano, and many works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. See early works by Bernini, like the Goat Amalthea with Infant Jupiter and Faun, along with his dynamic Rape of Proserpine, Apollo and Daphne, and statue of David. When the tour is over, we suggest lingering outside in Villa Borghese, the huge public garden where the Gallery is located. Everyone finds a walk along the villa’s tree-flanked promenades very relaxing. The Pincio terrace is a twenty-minute walk, this being one of Rome’s hills. From here one can enjoy wonderful views not only over Piazza del Popolo right below and the Prati district, but also St Peter’s Dome, the Gianicolo, the Quirinale, Piazza Venezia as well as the Capitol hill. The outlook from the Pincio is really one of a kind!

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What people are saying about Villa Borghese

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4.4 / 5

based on 12,274 reviews

Our Guide: Federico Perri, was very pleasant and excellent guide, He will make you understand and feel the history of the art you’ll see in the gallery. I highly recommend the tour.

Great experience! The gallery was stunning and the drive around the gallery was informative and fun.

God option for make a tour of main attractions in Rome. However, prepare yourself for walking.

The guide was great! She explained the important works very well and with a lot of passion

Extremely knowledgeable guide, very enlightening! Not to be missed (art lover or not)!