Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
    
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Explore the Villa Borghese's meticulously curated collection during this small-group tour in Rome. Stroll through twenty rooms of the 17th-century palace with an art historian guide. See breathtaking works by masters like Caravaggio, Bernini and Raphael, including Bernini's 'Apollo and Persephone' and Caravaggio's 'St John the Baptist'. Admire the villa's marble architecture and ceiling frescoes as you listen to engaging commentary from your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people or less.
  • Tour the Villa Borghese with an art historian guide
  • Enjoy the uncrowded atmosphere of the intimate museum
  • See works by Carvaggio, Bernini and Raphael
  • Learn about the history of the building and Cardinal Borghese's collection

Pre-reserved, all-inclusive Borghese Gallery Tickets
Expert, English-Speaking guide
Small groups of 15 people or Fewer
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

Borghese Gallery and Museum, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Villa Borghese to meet your small group and tour guide in front of the museum's double staircase. 

Pre-reserved tickets and the museum's policy of letting groups in at 2-hour intervals means the space is never overcrowded. Upon entry, admire the architecture and opulent decoration of this museum, once only open to royals and dignitaries. Built in the 1600s by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to house his impressive art collection, the space is now one of the most intimate museums in Rome. 

Follow your guide on a tour of the collection's highlights, including Canova's 'Pauline Bonaparte', Carvaggio's 'John the Baptist' and Bernini's 'the Rape of Proserpina'. Rely on your guide's knowledge of the collection to gain insight and interpretation in to the art's history and folklore. Hear about the Cardinal's personal quirks and how they informed the collection, as well as some history about the building itself. The small-group nature of the tour means you have the opportunity to ask questions and get some personalized attention from your guide. 

Your tour ends back at the original starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galleria Borghese
Imagine a palace that was specifically built to house amazing works of art. Its twenty rooms are treasure troves of visual splendor: every wall holds a masterpiece, every pedestal supports exquisitely carved marble, and even the ceilings sing with divine frescoes. Well, you don’t have to imagine it because this is a description of the Galleria Borghese, Rome’s most exclusive and intimate art museum. Built in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to house his magnificent art collection, it was once only open to royals and visiting dignitaries. Today, it lets in groups at two-hour intervals (with pre-reserved tickets) to ensure that its 20 rooms of masterpieces are never overcrowded.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that the second floor of the Borghese Gallery is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • The Borghese museum does not allow any bags, purses into the galleries. All such items must be checked before entering the museum, which your guide will help you with upon arrival.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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