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Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour

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Relish the exquisite beauty of Rome’s greatest museum of art on this small group, guided visit to the Villa Borghese Gallery.

Highlights

  • Explore the magical works of art by some of Rome's renowned artists, adorning the walls of the Borghese Gallery, and visit the Borghese Gardens.

  • This 2-hour tour with only 10 people helps you gain insight into the gallery and its history with the help of an expert English-speaking guide.

  • Enjoy priority access to the gallery and avoid the winding lines that are typical for this famed attraction with skip-the-line tickets.

  • You can explore the gardens of Villa Borghese at your own pace after the tour. Enjoy picturesque landscapes and sweeping city views from the Pincio terrace.

  • Fun fact: The gallery once consisted of artworks that Napoleon Bonaparte had seized, including Canova's famous sculpture "Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix".

Inclusions

  • Priority access to the Borghese Gallery

  • 2-hr small-group tour

  • Visit to the Villa Borghese Gardens

  • English, Italian, Spanish, and French-speaking guide (as per option selected)

  • Headsets

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, France, United Kingdom and over 37 countries have loved this experience
Theodore Bryant

Theodore

5/5

May, 2024

The museum was amazing and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and she was clearly enthusiastic about the topic. She did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the gallery, the methods of the artists, and the meaning behind the different pieces of artwork. Of all the guided tours we took in Rome, this was our favorite.
Robert Martin Shwab

Robert

5/5

May, 2024

I fell in love with our guide as she walked us through the galleries and regaled us with stories and fine points about the artists and art.
Winifred Robinson

Winifred

5/5

May, 2024

The guide was really excellent and brought the story of the gallery to life for us. He clearly loved the place and he inspired us to love it too. He knew his stuff but he pitched the information just right. We knew a little already when we arrived and we left knowing a lot more. It's a wonderful place.
Vierhoven Margje Luchina

Vierhoven

4/5

May, 2024

Fantastic experience! Very nice collection of sculptures, paintings. Pomp and circumstance. Excellent guide, did have trouble understanding her at times. Motivated and enthusiastic to take us on the route through the museum.
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George P Vogt III

George

5/5

May, 2024

We had first been to the Borghese in 2007, and with two friends, had an extraordinary private guide, a young American doing his doctoral work in Rome. Our Crown Tours guide on May 2nd was in every way his equal - her knowledge was encyclopedic, her enthusiasm stimulating, and she made the brief two hours seem even briefer. Regrettably. My sole regret is that I cannot remember her name.

Few museums in the world can match the grandeur of the Borghese Gallery. It houses art collections by legendary painters and sculptors such as Berini, Messina, Raphael, Caravaggio, and many others. The wealthy Cardinal Scipione Borghese originally assembled these works of art. The Borghese Family continued to add pieces to the incredible collection.

Some artworks were sold to the French State during the 19th century as the Borghese family went bankrupt. These pieces are still preserved in the Louvre. Since 1903, the museum has been open to the public and has seen significant restoration and modernization work.

On your visit, you will be accompanied by an expert guide, who will narrate interesting anecdotes related to the museum and the pieces of art inside. Gaze into the depths of Bernini’s famous sculpture of ‘Apollo and Daphne’, Lady with Unicorn By Raphael, Paulina Bonaparte By Cavona, Apollo and Daphne By Bernini, and The Rape of Proserpina By Bernini. The history behind the works of art and how they came to be in the Borghese Gallery, explained by the guide, is just as intriguing as the art pieces.

Visit the Borghese Gardens and stroll around the lush landscapes for its fountains and to get a glimpse of Rome's panoramic views.

What to bring

  • Bring along a pair of comfortable shoes.

What's not allowed

  • Due to venue restrictions, small or large bags/ backpacks are not allowed inside the Borghese Gallery. All luggage needs to be checked into the cloakroom before entering.

  • Strict dress code: The gallery mandates that everyone wear smart casual to the venue.

Accessibility

  • This experience is accessible by prams/strollers.

  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair.

Additional notes

  • A paying adult must accompany minors under 18 years of age.

  • This tour does not operate on Mondays.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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