Private Tour

Rome Borghese Gallery Private Tour

Art & History
Family
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Languages: EN

Explore one of Italy's most important Renaissance and Baroque art collections and a must-see museum for any visit to Rome. From Raphael and Bernini to Caravaggio and Titian, this Borghese Gallery private tour takes you through the artistic ages with rare insight from an expert guide. Learn about the history and details behind each of these artists’ masterpieces as your guide takes you on a personalized journey through the museum most iconic works.


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
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What to Expect

In the company of a passionate art historian or professional family-friendly guide (for those traveling with kids), this Borghese Gallery private tour explores one of the world's greatest private collections of sculptures and paintings. Cardinal Scipione Borghese is the great collector and patron of the arts who assembled this superb collection in the 17th century. His passion and instinct for art led him to amass a unique collection known as the Queen of all Private Art Collections.

 

Uncover the former Cardinal’s luxurious living spaces while you stand in awe before the landmark masterpieces in their original settings – as the artists and artisans intended. The Borghese Gallery is spread across two floors and twenty rooms. Over the course of the visit, you will contemplate both the sculptures and Roman floor mosaics and frescoes on the ground floor and the paintings of the upper floor with your guide revealing the secret stories and techniques behind the artworks.

 

Our Borghese Gallery private tour delves into art, history, and architecture all at once

See masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova come to life on this Borghese Gallery private tour of Rome's most important art collection after the Vatican. You'll be awestruck by their majesty inside the Renaissance villa built to house them in the Borghese Gardens. The Villa Borghese itself is a noteworthy example of a beautifully decorated and frescoed suburban villa, set in a vast park.

 

Our Borghese Gallery private tour begins with a 30-minute orientation and history in the gardens and then 2 hours exploring the art museum. As you step inside this outstanding museum, you are immediately thrown into the splendor of the art. Starting from the first floor discover the stories behind Bernini’s marble sculpture groups, the scandalous Pauline Bonaparte from the genius of Canova, and the six Caravaggio early works.

 

On the top floor, you will appreciate paintings like Raphael’s ‘The Deposition, Titian's "Sacred and Profane Love" and other famous works by Rubens and Correggio, as well as Roman sculptures. You’ll wander amongst art from the ages with your guide every step of the way, bringing each of these artists' masterpieces to life and answering all your burning questions. This Borghese Gallery private tour is a unique and intimate experience that will expose art aficionados and novice alike to art, history, and architecture all at once!


Highlights

  • Bernini's famous sculptures: Rape of Proserpina, Apollo & Daphne, David with the Head of Goliath
  • Canova's Pauline Bonaparte
  • Caravaggio's David & Head of Goliath, Madonna of the Palafrenieri
  • Raphael's The Deposition
  • Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
  • The Pinacoteca upper gallery with amazing views of the gardens

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Borghese Gallery with pre-reserved entry time

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • If your group numbers more than 4, the Borghese Gallery requires that you rent earphones at the door for 1 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Borghese Gallery. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request from Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Borghese Gallery closing days: Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • The time allotted for the Borghese Gallery is set at 1-hour intervals and has to be strictly observed. Clients are advised to come at the meeting point on time so as not to compromise the timed entrance.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.

Good to Know

  • All members of your party must present at the Borghese Gallery a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • The Borghese Gallery does not allow bags of any size nor cameras inside. All such items must be checked before entering the museum. If you do not want to check your personal items please do not bring them.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
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  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Is the Borghese Gallery worth visiting?

Considered one of the best collections of art in Rome, the Borghese Museum (Galleria Borghese) is comprised of the personal collection of one of the greatest art collectors, Scipione Borghese. On display are some of Bernini's most famous sculptures such as Apollo and Daphne in addition to artwork by other notable artists including Raphael and Caravaggio among many other masters. To learn more about this exquisite and acclaimed museum of art we have created a useful guide — How to Visit Borghese Gallery in Rome which offers helpful advice.

How far in advance should I book this tour?

A great thing about this boutique museum is that it has a timed reservation system that keeps the crowds to a minimum; however, it also means that tickets are limited and well advance booking is essential. Due to overwhelming interest and limited tickets availability it's best to book this Borghese Gallery private tour with a minimum of 60 days before your trip.

How much time do we spend in the Borghese Gallery?

Our Borghese Gallery private tour is 2.5 hours long in total. The first 30 minutes are outside the Villa Borghese (to check in) and then a 2-hour guided tour inside the art museum (as this is the amount of time allotted for all visitors). Before entering the museum, your guide will give you some background on the Borghese family, the Villa Borghese, the architecture of the building and the Galleria Borghese’s history as an art museum. Afterward your guide will accompany you right past the long waiting lines, to the priority entrance to explore the interior and the art collection.

Is photography permitted in the Borghese Gallery?

Photography without flash is generally allowed in the Borghese Gallery. Note that during temporary exhibitions, the security staff may limit or prohibit photography in the museum. Tripods, monopods, and self-sticks are prohibited in the gallery and must be stored or checked.

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