Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Tour
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Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Pre-reserved tickets for a smooth-running day at the gallery
  • Avoid the crowds at the Villa Borghese with Skip the Line Access
  • Discover a hidden treasure trove of art history with works from masters like Bernini & Caravaggio
  • Traverse the incredible Borghese Gardens after the museum (not included on tours after 7PM)
  • Choose from an expert guided tour, a private tour or tickets into the gallery to explore on your own

Gallery

Rome's second most important art collection is a must-see. Getting tickets to the Villa Borghese can be tricky, but we'll ensure that you get to see its selection of masterpieces. Enjoy the commentary from your expert guide, and perfect your day with a stroll through the Borghese Gardens to the Pincio Terrace.
Villa Borghese Facade

EXPERIENCE ART IN SITU

Commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, this gallery offers the rare opportunity to see masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, and more in their original setting.

Ancient facade at Villa Borghese gardens

INCREDIBLE INSIDE AND OUT

After enjoying the gallery, take a walk through perhaps Italy's most beautiful city park, where locals go to escape the chaos and relax.

Goethe statue at Villa Borghese

PERFECTLY TIMED TICKETS

Borghese Gallery tickets can sell out fast and are limited to certain time slots, but we’ve got you covered with our reserved, Skip the Line entrance.

Tour Description

Built in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, the Villa Borghese is set in the beautiful Borghese Gardens, once his private park. Scipione was a prolific patron of art who not only commissioned many of Caravaggio and Bernini's most famous works but also amassed an extensive collection of sculptures and mosaics from antiquity.

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, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian it has a billing to rival the Louvre, and because of strict ticketing rules, none of the crowds.

Join us to discover this spectacular gallery and then take a stroll in the beautiful surrounding gardens. When selecting one of our guided tours, you will be provided with an expert English-speaking guide and convenient audio headsets. Learn the history behind Bernini's captivating 'Apollo and Daphne', Canova's 'Pauline Bonaparte', Caravaggio's 'St. Jerome', and Raphael's 'The Deposition', and many more. You will also hear the stories of how these famed artworks made their way into the gallery and about the Cardinal himself, who was focused on completing his collection through any means necessary.

Next, your guide will take you on a relaxed walk around the stunning Borghese Gardens. Modeled on traditional English gardens, these amazing grounds boast a beautiful array of plants, sculptures, and water features. We'll finish up at the Pincio Terrace, from where you'll see the best views of Piazza del Popolo and all of Rome beyond. Please note that on tours after 7PM, the gardens are not available for tours and will be excluded from the guided portion. 

You also have the option to explore this incredible gallery and gardens at your leisure with our tickets only option. Organizing your own visit to Villa Borghese can be complicated, as tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time slot and often sell out weeks in advance. Whether you’re exploring on your own or joining one of our guided tours, our pre-reserved tickets and Skip the Line Access ensure an easy visit for you!

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What's Included

  • Skip the Line entrance ticket to Borghese Gallery 
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide*
  • Audio headsets where appropriate 

Sites Visited

  • Borghese Gallery
  • Villa Borghese Gardens (not included on tours after 7PM)

Important Notes

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

Please note that on tours after 7PM, the gardens are not accessible and will not be included in the tour. For these tours, the duration will be 2 hours.

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