Galleria Borghese

Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, Rome

4.5

The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. At the outset, the gallery building was integrated with its gardens, but nowadays the Villa Borghese gardens are considered a separate tourist attraction. The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities. The Villa was developed by Scipione Borghese himself. The paintings of note include Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci. The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors. The main floor is mostly devoted to classical antiquities of the 1st–3rd centuries AD including a famous mosaic of gladiators and classical and neo-classical sculptures. The Borghese villa was modified and extended down the years, eventually being sold to the Italian government in 1902, along with the entire Borghese estate and surrounding gardens and parkland.

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Open Hours:

  • Tue

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 19:00

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Reviews

  • Maya Magination

    5
    - 09 September 2018 -

    Truly moving. Transcendental. I would even go as far as to argue it is perhaps more superb and awe-inspiring than the marvelous Sistine Chapel. Each room is an intricate labrynith of wood, paint, wonder and grace. When any single room is still and quiet and uninterrupted by the clash and raucous of a guided tour, it almost feels heavenly - like being a note in a Vivaldi symphony, like seeing Joan's visions for oneself. Go, and rejuvenate your soul.

  • Richard Heald

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    Simply a 'must visit' for any art lover in Rome - full stop. The founder - Cardinal Scipione Borghese - had various qualities (the guides will explain), but an awesome eye for artistic talent - in particular, the younger Bernini. The 2-hour time limit is strictly enforced, but easily worth it - it just guarantees return visits in future. On your first visit, get the human-guided tour (with audio assistance - you'll see what I mean) - the guides are excellent and informative. A tip: make sure you know for which part of the Borghese Estate you are heading before you set off to the Galleria. It's all beautiful, but best explored at leisure rather than in a hurry!

  • Joshua F

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    It is a beautiful museum that has a vast amount of sculptures and paintings. Make sure to preorder a ticket because tickets go fast. It is a very popular place. Make sure to have a map because the grounds are huge and they feel like the go on forever. I would recommend visiting and it feels like it is a must do on any trip.

  • Adam Beasley

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    My adult kids and I visited just after lunchtime - we had reserved a 1pm ticket. The gallery wasn't too crowded for us to enjoy the incredible artwork including amazing sculptures by Bernini and beautiful paintings by Caravaggio. We paid 17€ for our tickets, but didn't see an option for an audio guide. It would have been more enjoyable to have an explanation of what we were seeing, but we still had a fantastic time. Almost as enjoyable as the interior of the gallery was the exterior settings of the Villa Borghese Gardens. The park was incredibly large and reminded me almost of the scale of Central Park in NYC. We rented bikes to see most of the park and also enjoyed VyTA, a beautiful cafe on the grounds of the Gardens. I highly recommend the Galleria Borghese as a must-see in Rome!

  • Elmina Michail

    4
    - 08 August 2018 -

    The building is very impressive. The park around the building is great. The exhibits are interesting, albeit a bit repetitive. Don't forget to book in advance, otherwise you will probably not get in. When I visited they were all booked for at least the next two weeks. I booked two good months in advance.

  • Cody Rayson

    5
    - 03 August 2018 -

    This gallery has quite a few very famous masterpieces! It was very interesting to see. If your going to bring kids, make sure they are interested before spending your money. A couple from the U.S. were there with their 3 children and only one showed any interest. The gallery is extremely glamorous, artwork from the floors right to the ceilings. The gallery takes about 2 hours with a guide but you are able to stroll through at your own pace with or without audioguides.

  • Kyle Larkin

    1
    - 31 July 2018 -

    Stay clear non-EU young adults. Despite posting that they honour reciprocal cultural agreements (which Canada/Italy have), they do not. The art gallery is way too small to ask for a price of 15 euros per person. The cost should be maximum 5 euros when compared to more impressive galleries in other cities and countries. Avoid this cash grab at all costs.

  • N'nette Viezca

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    This has to be one of my favorite places on earth. Please note that it is very important to get tickets online several days in advance to get into the museum. The paintings include some very famous ones, and some unusual and unique ones as well. For me it is all about the sculptures, the details captured in marble are just so lifelike. The grounds and gardens around the museum are also a great way to spend the day exploring.

  • Ruth Ewing

    3
    - 18 July 2018 -

    Make sure you go online and purchase your tickets in advance. Otherwise the gallery is a nice resting spot from walking the larger park, in the air conditioned waiting area. Nice cafe and small gift shop. The gardens are restricted and the ones available were not well manicured.

  • Swathi M

    4
    - 07 July 2018 -

    Book early as the tickets sell out fast. The Roma Pass is the way to go for this. They seem to make exceptions for pass holders. Be prepared to spend about 3 hours in the gallery. I highly suggest an audio guide. The tickets are time based and when the session ends they make sure everyone leaves. They only allow so many people at once. Once inside the gallery is split into two floors. The first is a lot of beautiful sculptures. The second floor is mainly art. After the museum spend some time in the gardens. We rented electric cart bike. It was worth the 15 Euro.

  • Ben Taylor

    - 25 May 2018 -

    The guided tours are fantastic. You learn so much about the amazing works on show.

  • M R

    - 14 May 2018 -

    Nothing special

  • Jonathan Chen

    - 26 March 2018 -

    Book your tickets in advanced. Don’t leave it up to chance, the museum is spectacular, exhibits are quite exquisite!

  • Pata Patak

    - 06 February 2018 -

    With book ticket online 30 minutes before you time for entrance,Bernini specialy Appolo and Daphnie

  • Neşe B.

    - 27 October 2017 -

    Wish we were allowed to stay there more than just 2 hours. A must see place once in a lifetime. Caravaggio i love you, btw.

  • Nina Heering

    - 10 September 2017 -

    People could be a bit more nice... unfriendly staff

  • Andrij Krochak

    - 26 August 2017 -

    Make sure to make a reservation to see this must see museum and all the fabulous works of art and architecture!

  • amit singh

    - 19 August 2017 -

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  • Joey Hernandez

    - 03 July 2017 -

    buy tix way in advance because they sell out FAST

  • Doc Druzsin

    - 28 May 2017 -

    It's a classic one. I could stay around there 24/7, there is so much to see...

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Galleria Borghese tours

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour

Book your Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour ahead of time to take advantage of jumping the queue with reserved tickets. Upgrade your experience with a private tour exclusive to just your group, available with morning and afternoon departures. Please be advised that the Borghese...

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery Tickets

If you want to visit the Borghese Gallery in Rome at your leisure, without a guide, but don't want to wait in the entrance queue, book this skip-the-line ticket to ensure your admission (tickets regularly sell out a month in advance!). Housed inside Villa Borghese, the gallery is home to a renowned...

Small-Group Tour: Skip the Line Borghese Gallery

Join us on our Borghese Gallery tour and admire great sculpture and painting masterpieces produced by fine artists such as Canova, Bernini and Caravaggio.

Private Tour: Borghese Gallery and Baroque Rome Art History Walking Tour

Explore the art history of Baroque Rome in style on a private walking tour of the Galleria Borghese with an art expert. Accompanied by your own private guide who specializes in art history, you'll enjoy personalized attention on your special private tour of Baroque Rome's Galleria Borghese.

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery Tickets with Audioguide

With this skip-the-line Borghese Gallery ticket, you can visit one of Rome’s top art attractions without waiting in the admission queue. Tickets for this museum are limited and likely to sell out so be sure to book soon. Download our audio-guide on your smartphone/tablet for a better experience...

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Small-Group Tour with Transport

Admire one of the most important Museums in Rome, the Borghese Gallery. Skip-the-line to access this collection of art usually fully booked and hard to access. Enjoy a small group tour for a maximum of 15 people that is led by a professional guide. This activity comes with two options: with pickup...

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