Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens Tour
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Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Pre-reserved Borghese Gallery tickets and Skip the Line Access
  • Guided tour of the Borghese Gardens
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less


Experience Rome's most important art collection after the Vatican. Getting into the Borghese Gallery can seem impossible due to strict reservations and availability, but we'll make sure you get the chance to see its masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael and Canova. Hear the true stories behind them, topped by a stroll through the gardens to the famed Pincio Terrace.
Villa Borghese Facade

Experience Artistic Masterpieces

Collected and often commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese from the early 1600s, the Borghese Gallery offers a rare opportunity to see works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Canova and Titian in the setting they were created for.

Ancient facade at Villa Borghese gardens

Explore the Borghese Gardens

Take a guided walk through perhaps Italy's most beautiful city park, where locals go to escape the chaos and relax. Visit the manicured English-style gardens to reach the spectacular views of the historic center from the Pincio Terrace.

Goethe statue at Villa Borghese

Tickets Aren't Easy to Come By

The Borghese Gallery can sell out far in advance due to a strict, reservations-only ticketing policy, leaving many disappointed about not getting in. We ensure that even people who decide last-minute have a chance to see one of Rome's most beautiful art collections.

Tour Description

Far too many visitors leave Rome without even hearing about the Borghese Gallery. Home to a smaller and more elite collection than the Vatican, this smaller museum offers a rare opportunity to see some of the world's most impressive masterpieces in their original setting. With works by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio and Titian it has a billing to rival the Louvre, and with strict ticketing rules, none of the crowds.

Join us one of our relaxed Borghese Gallery tours, which also cover the beautiful gardens. With an expert, English-speaking guide, you'll delve into the Borghese collection, seeing Bernini's captivating 'Apollo and Daphne', Canova's 'Pauline Bonaparte', Caravaggio's 'St. Jerome' and 'David with the Head of Goliath', and Raphael's 'The Deposition' to name but a few. Your guide will lead you through the rooms, explaining the beautiful paintings and sculptures you pass and how they came to be here.

On the way you'll hear about Napoleon's envy and how his sister shocked dinner guests - bringing the building and art you experience to life.

But our tour doesn't end at the gallery exit. Next, your guide will take you on a relaxed walking tour around the stunning Borghese Gardens. Modeled on the English gardens so admired by Renaissance Romans, the gardens are home to a beautiful array of plants, sculptures and water features. We'll finish up at the Pincio Terrace from where you'll see stunning views over Piazza del Popolo and all of Rome beyond.

Organizing your own visit to Villa Borghese can be complicated. Borghese Gallery tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time slot and often sell out weeks in advance. Our Villa Borghese tour includes pre-reserved tickets and Skip the Line Access so you don't need to worry about that. And with an expert, English speaking guide, small groups of only 20 people or less and audio headsets for every guest, we'll ensure that you get the very best from your time.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • Skip the Line Access to the Borghese Gallery
  • Pre-booked Borghese Gallery Ticket and all reservation fees
  • Guided walking tour of the Villa Borghese Gardens
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Borghese Gallery which includes but is not limited to: the Caravaggio Room (with 'St. Jerome' and 'David with the Head of Goliath')
  • Bernini sculptures ('Apollo & Daphne' and 'David')
  • Canova sculpture ('Pauline Bonaparte') works by Raphael ('The Deposition' and Lady with Unicorn)
  • Perugino (Madonna & Child)
  • Rubens (The Deposition) and Titian (Sacred and Profane Love)
  • Villa Borghese Gardens which include but are not limited to Casino dell’Uccelliera
  • Fontana dei Puppazzi
  • Piazza di Siena
  • Tempietto di Diana
  • Obelisco di Antonio
  • View over Piazza del Popolo

Meeting Point

Important notes

Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


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