Villa Borghese

Glimpse works by Raphael and Carvaggio at the home of the Borghese Gallery and gorgeous Borghese Gardens.

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Villa Borghese: Tours & Tickets


Villa Borghese: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

1. Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

Discover Rome’s art, architecture and history. With this hop-on/hop-off Rome package, you can explore the city in a manner that best suits your desires, giving you control of your holiday. You will wear headphones which will guide you in your selected language, allowing you to go out and enjoy the charms and atmosphere of the "Eternal City" at your leisure. The itinerary for your open-bus tour is as follows: · Terminal (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)· Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza dell'Esquilino, 12)· Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio- close to the entrance of Palatine)· Circus Maximus (Via del Circo Massimo- Belvedere Romolo e Remo)· Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34· Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7)· Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi, 48)· Barberini Square (Via Barberini, 14)

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

2. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, MACRO, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Forum Pass Super, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Open-Bus Tour Tickets

3. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Open-Bus Tour Tickets

“All roads lead to Rome” goes a Roman saying; then enjoy the city and explore it on our open buses, it will be amazing to discover all the monuments from the Imperial Rome to Baroque Rome along the route. Buying one of our tickets, valid for one day or one run, you can listen to an exciting tale about Rome, thanks to our 8 languages audioguide. You can also Hop-on and Hop-off at any of our stops whenever you want for the entire validity of the ticket you bought. Our buses have a 30 minutes frequency from 9am to 7pm every day. These are the stops: TERMINAL VIA MARSALA (Termini station) - LARGO DI VILLA PERETTI - SAINT MARY MAJOR CHURCH – COLOSSEUM - CIRCUS MASSIMUS – VENICE SQUARE – VATICAN – SPANISH STEPS - BARBERINI/TREVI’S FOUNTAIN. In addition to the Hop-on Hop-off tour, through our app you can visit Rome walking on your own, thanks to special tours created especially for you. Staying on the bus you can admire Termini station, Republic Square and Santa Maria degli Angeli cathedral, Viminale Palace, Saint Mary Major , Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Eliseo theatre from the outside, Trajan’s column, Venice Square and the Vittoriano, the Imperial Forums, the Colosseum and Constantine’s arch, the Circus Maximus, the Mouth of Truth, Marcello’s theatre, Largo Argentina and its archeological finds, Saint Andrews church, the fountain called “la zuppiera” (the soup tureen), Sant’Angelo Castle, the Ara Pacis, Villa Borghese entrance, Porta Pinciana , Via Veneto famous during 50s/60s for “la dolce vita”, God Neptune’s fountain and Moses’s fountain.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

4. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point in front of the Lungotevere Castello, take part in an express 1-hour tour of the Castel Sant'Angelo’s incredible terrace. Skip the lines and enter the castle accompanied by your guide to experience the magnificent terrace which offers one of the best views of the Eternal City of Rome. The view opens 360 degrees towards the city center from the grounds of the castle and beyond the River Tiber. Admire the St. Angelo Bridge, one of the most scenic masterpieces of Roman Baroque design, adorned with 10 angel statues symbolizing love and passion. See the many iconic buildings and sights surrounding the castle such as the Palazzo di Giustizia (Palace of Justice), the Villa Borghese, the Quirinal Palace, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Aventine Hill, and the Janiculum. Look towards St. Peter's Basilica where you can appreciate the Passetto di Borgo, a passage way that connects Castel Sant'Angelo with Vatican City. After this fantastic experience, you are free to visit the remaining levels of the castle at your own pace. Admire the other ruins of the castle that was founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian and built to be his monumental tomb. Throughout the years, the building has also been used as the private residence of the pope, a treasury of the state, a prison, and a place of public executions.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

5. Rome: Borghese Gallery Ticket with Escorted Entrance

Get fast track entry to the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), and then explore the vast art collections at your own pace. Look at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters. Discover highlights such as the representation of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova, and go to the Caravaggio room to look at paintings such as "David with the Head of Goliath" and the "Boy with a Basket of Fruit." See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," along with sculptures by Bernini, including his "Apollo and Daphne" and "David." Go for a stroll around the gardens for a view over the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

6. Rome: Guided Villa Borghese Gardens Bike Tour

You tour will begin when you meet your professional guide at the official meeting point. From here you will depart on a relaxing and fun ride on an aluminum bike, complete with gears that will help make riding all the more easier. Your friendly tour guide will take you along to discover the history of "Villa Borghese", one of the biggest and most beautiful public parks in Rome. The sculptures that fill up the roads of the park make it a real open air museum, and together with its enchanting fountains, it is sure to be an amazing experience to add to your visit to the "eternal city". The strong feature of this park is its green spaces that allow you to breath in the fresh air, away from the smog and chaos of the city. Once you have taken in all of the amazing history, you will discover the breathtaking views atop of "Pincio Terrace". If so desired, you can also take a break in a local coffee shop to taste some authentic Italian made coffee.

Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

7. Rome Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

The Borghese Gallery is home to an incredible collection of art by masters such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Canova. Spend 2.5 hours touring the mansion with an expert guide. As you walk from room to room your guide will tell you some fascinating stories behind iconic works such as Raphael’s Entombment. One of the most appealing aspects of a Borghese Gallery visit is the museum’s small size. It’s feasible to cover the entire collection in time allotted. The small-group size of 15 or fewer people also keeps the experience intimate and friendly, so you can chat freely with your guide without disturbing the tranquility of the gallery. Access to Villa Borghese is limited to a certain number of visitors at any given time, making for a relaxed experience, but also creating a high level of demand. Securing Borghese tickets can be difficult, which is why you will benefit from reserved skip-the-line tickets, guaranteeing your entrance.

Borghese Gallery Private Tour

8. Borghese Gallery Private Tour

The Borghese Gallery is undoubtedly one of the most charming, elegant, and compact art museums in the world. It is neither chronologically arranged, nor very ordinate. Rather, it is a very personal, lovingly matched collection that reveals the personalities and tastes of two people: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest of Baroque artists, and Scipione Cardinal Borghese, a magnificent art collector. Borghese's collection of great works of art include: Raffaello's 'Woman with the Unicorn', Domenichino's 'Diana', Boticelli's 'Madonna and Child', Caravaggio's 'David', Bernini's 'Apollo and Daphne', and Canova's 'Paolina' - just to name a few. Along the way, your guide will tell you the dramatic, untold stories about art being stolen from churches, artists being sent to jail, their workshops being devastated by Borghese's confiscations, mysterious deaths, and other tales of intrigue and passion. This visit to the Borghese Gallery is a must during your vacation. Your guide will show you exactly what Cardinal Borghese meant when he called the gallery 'The Theater of the Universe'. After visiting the Gallery, you can walk through the beautiful Villa Borghese park, and end the tour at the Spanish Steps.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

9. Rome: Borghese Gallery Guided Tour

Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a guided walking tour limited to 15 people. Take advantage of the option to pre-book your ticket, knowing that this popular attraction often sells out in advance. Secure your entrance to one of the world’s most beautiful art museums hosting the works of extraordinary artists. Once inside, admire Caravaggio’s most important paintings like Young Sick Bacchus, and Boy with a Basket of Fruit. You'll also see Bernini and Canova’s magnificent sculptures collection, including works like Apollo and Daphne and “Paolina Bonaparte, as well as Raffaello’s Entombment of Christ. Be led through the marvelous rooms of Casina Borghese, with its splendid frescoes, and discover the secrets, stories, and painting techniques behind the masterpieces in one of the world’s most beautiful art museums.

Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

10. Rome: Borghese Gallery Skip-the-line Entry

Skip the ticket line to Borghese Gallery and explore the fantastic art collection spread over 20 rooms in your own time. The gallery is housed in the 17th-century Villa Borghese Pinciana, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Your ticket coordinator will meet you at the meeting point and bring you inside where they help with the administrative requirements and the mandatory security check.  Inside, you'll discover paintings and sculptures including works such as David with the Head of Goliath, Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The Deposition by Raphael, Melissa by Dosso Dossi, Apollo and Daphne and David by Bernini, and Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Canova. Inside the Borghese Gallery only 360 visitors are allowed at a time, which allows you to see the works of art in a relatively calm environment.

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Entrance to Villa Borghese is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Galleria Borghese is open from 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed every Monday, as well as December 25th and January 1st. Book tickets in advance to beat the queues!

  • How to get there?

    The Borghese Gardens lie to the immediate north of Spagna metro station on Line A. Follow the eastern border of the park to find the museum and gallery.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets to the Galleria Borghese are €11.00. Several discount options are available. The park is free.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Galleria audioguides are available in several langages for €5. Several garden tours are also available!
  • How to get there
    This attraction is immediately north of the Spagna metro station, or east of the Flaminio metro station.
  • Additional information
    ** Only 360 visitors are allowed into the Galleria every 2 hours, and visit time slots are strictly enforced!
    * Bags and large items must be checked when you enter the Galleria.*

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What people are saying about Villa Borghese

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,540 reviews

The guide was very strong in her explanations of each work that you have to look at from different angles to understand the author's message. She spoke very good English and her humor reminded me of my great American aunt. A real joy. Thank you for this moment!

Federico was an amazing tour guide! He was full of knowledge and humor about the gallery. I walked away knowing so much more about Rome and the Borghese family. This was one of our favorite tours in Rome. A must do!

Emanuela is amazing guide. Really loved her stories and all the information that she gave it to us. The whole tour was magnificent.

A must for art! Unique pieces! In practice, fast entry, deposit for bags, quality waiting room. Collection of fast tickets outside.

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