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Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese)
Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese)

Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese)

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Open Tues - Sun 8:30am - 7:30pm
Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, 00187

The Basics

Advance reservations are required to visit the Borghese Gallery and numbers are limited at any given time, so it’s best to book tickets in advance. Travelers can opt for skip-the-line tickets, a private or small-group tour, or a Segway tour of the greater Borghese Villa. Art historians often lead small-group tours, which add context to the artwork you’re seeing. However, even without a tour, you'll be able to appreciate Raphael’s impressive The Deposition and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, two of the museum’s most famous works.

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2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
$36.25 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Unbelievable experience
We had the guided tour with Frederico. This was the best art viewing experience we have had. The knowledge and poetic descriptions of the guide. The unbelievable beauty of the Bernini sculptures and Caravaggio paintings. This is a must-see. Don’t miss this
Namrata_A, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Beautiful art, ugly patron
Tom_H, Jul 2021
Small Group Gallery Borghese Tour with Skip-the-Line Admission
I realized that a private collection can reflect its patron even more than the artists or their subjects. This beautiful private collection is an expression of the dark and frankly criminal nature of Scipione Borghese. The Caravaggios are not to be missed.
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Great tour
Kathryn_F, Jul 2021
2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
I learned so much about the masterpieces in the Borghese. My tour guide brought attention to things I would have missed and told interesting stories about the art.
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Tickets when none are available.
Tim_B, Jul 2021
2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
With the Borghese gallery being sold out for many days at a time it’s nice that you have the option to skip the line tour they can still get you in on short notice. The little extra money spent is well worth being able to see things that you would not otherwise be able to do.
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Absolutely fantastic The Borghese!
Marilyn_C, Mar 2021
Borghese Gallery Virtual Tour: A Cardinal's Dream
Federica is the best guide we’ve ever met in the whole world. She made the sculptures and Borghese gallery come alive and her professionalism, intimate knowledge of art history and excellent personality were a delight. We felt as if we were there together in the museum, and can’t wait to come there in person.
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A must see
David_R, Sep 2020
Borghese Gallery admission ticket
A must - well worth the time to see stunning artifacts and treasures. All very covid safe. Tip - go in last and the 2 hours alloted is more than enough time to go around several times.
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The best tour in Rome
John, Jul 2021
Small Group Gallery Borghese Tour with Skip-the-Line Admission
This is the best tour in Rome. The rest of Rome you are overwhelmed by the amount of things to look at and the spectacle of the immense. This is the second time at the Borghese. I told my wife before we went that the Borghese tour would be her favorite part and she didn’t believe me. The Borghese is the majesty of a handful of magnificent works of art that everyone can appreciate. This is the one tour that I would recommend to every person who visits Rome. See it with a tour guide who can explain the highlights and help you appreciate the history.
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Best tour and tour guide of our trip!!
Mary_W, Jul 2021
Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian
Francesca did an amazing job with this tour! It was truly the best tour we took on all 18 days of our trip. The museum limits each visitor to two hours of time in the Borghese and right from the time we met her outside the museum until the end of our tour, Francesca's timing and descriptions of all of the artworks were impeccable. She wove a tapestry of stories about the artists, their patrons, the nuances of each piece of art and managed to take us into rooms that were empty because she had mastered the flow of visitor traffic and bypassed it. We were enthralled and enriched by her passion, lively narration, and seemingly unending knowledge of the history of the Borghese Gallery and the masterpieces contained within. We truly can not recommend this tour highly enough with Francesca from Joy of Rome! Excellent!!!
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Love it!
Maria_R, Jun 2021
2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
Tour guide was amazing! Loved it even though I was the only one. He was a great storyteller. It was nice to see it without the crowds too!
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Great tour
Erich_D, Feb 2020
Semi-Private max 3 people Tour: Skip the Line Borghese Gallery
Definitely worth it to have a guide for this amazing place. Guide was very informative on the art and the artists. Would highly recommend.
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Excellent Experience
Laura_M, Feb 2020
Semi-Private max 3 people Tour: Skip the Line Borghese Gallery
The tour with Kylie of Storytelling Tours was truly excellent. She was able to seamlessly weave together information about art history, artistic techniques, cultural circumstances and political influence to make the works come alive in context. The gallery truly has masterpieces and Kylie helped us appreciate how truly spectacular they are.
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Gallery visit
Jill, Feb 2020
Borghese Gallery Small-Group Tour - Baroque & Renaissance in Rome
Our tour director, Marsia, was amazing! Informative, energetic, exciting, fun. She made our visit to Borghese Gallery so much fun and memorable.
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Borghese
Lori_H, Jun 2021
2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
The sculptures were breath taking and a must see. No guide with this ticket and you could go at your own pace.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Borghese Gallery is a must-see for art lovers in Rome.

  • Even with a required advance-purchase ticket, there can be long entry lines; to avoid the wait, consider a private, skip-the-line guided tour.

  • With limited entry and a time limit on your visit, the Borghese Gallery is a great place to enjoy art without the large crowds found at most Roman art museums.

  • Wi-Fi is free to all visitors.

  • The Borghese features accessible restrooms and a small elevator to the second floor.

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How to Get There

The Borghese Gallery is situated in central Rome, within the Villa Borghese. You’ll find the Villa Borghese up the Spanish Steps and on the path to the left. The closest metro station to the Borghese Gallery is Flaminio, on Line A.

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When to Get There

The Borghese Gallery is open from 8:30am to 7:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Like most Roman attractions, the Borghese is at its busiest in summer. It’s best to purchase your ticket for early in the morning, as that's often when it's quieter.

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The Borghese Family Effect

The Borgheses were a powerful Italian family who rose to prominence and wealth after one member became Pope Paul V in 1552 and gave power and titles to other family members. One such was the pope’s nephew, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who built the Villa Borghese and Borghese Gardens in the 17th century to hold parties and house his private art collections. He was a patron of the famous artist Bernini, so many of Bernini’s sculptures—including Apollo and Daphne and David—are held in the Borghese collection.

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Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese)