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!
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.
Yes, you can. After visiting the Gallery, if you are not interested in visiting the gardens you can let the guide know and you are free to go.
Our tours run rain and shine! We encourage our clients to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
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