Borghese Gallery English Guided Tour
A fascinating guided tour in Italian to enjoy the magnificent art masterpieces of the Villa Borghese museum. The expert official guide who will take visitors through the museum is part of the in-house staff.
Electronic voucher can be shown on tablet or cell phone. The voucher image must be clear and legible for the scanner. The voucher is sent by email.
Every day except for Mondays, 1 January and 25 December.
+39 055 5321180
(Mon-Fri 8:30 am -6:30 pm/ Sat-Sun 8:30 am -4:30 pm)
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
Routes available for visitors with motor disabilities. However, because it is a group tour, the guide cannot follow these routes and must keep to the established route.
The ticket includes booking to skip the line at the entrance.
Description of your booking
The tour includes an introduction to the museum and its history, visits to the main halls of the Borghese Gallery, and commentary about the major exhibited works.
Visitors can tour the museum for about two hours. After that time is up, visitors will be requested to leave the museum to make room for those in the next time slot. Visitors must arrive 30 minutes before the booked time.
Gallery Borghese is a major museum in Rome, set in Villa Borghese "outside of Porta Pinciana." This beautiful villa was originally owned by the Borghese family, which gradually added land to form a vast park. The Borghese family, originally from Siena, rose rapidly in the Roman milieu, culminating in the election of Camillo (1605-1621) as Pope Paul V, launching a great era of urban projects and extraordinary collecting. Construction started on Villa Borghese in 1607, and after 1770, the Villa underwent a radical renovation of its decorations. In the new design, the architect Asprucci arranged the great masterpieces of ancient sculpture, and Bernini's Apollo and Daphne sculpture, using a new exhibition approach, placing them in the center of each room and connecting the entire decorative theme to the iconographic center point of the sculpture group. Despite the removal of archaeological sculptures of Cardinal Scipione's former collection — a result of the sale that Napoleon forced on Camillo Borghese in 1807 — and the later 19th-century additions, to this day, the decoration of the rooms reflects Antonio Asprucci's exhibition criteria.
The major works at the Borghese Gallery include: Apollo and Daphne and many other works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio Canova's famous statue of Pauline Bonaparte, Caravaggio's most famous masterpieces, including the Young Sick Bacchus, the Boy with Basket of Fruit, David with the Head of Goliath, St. John the Baptist, and St. Jerome, as well as works by Correggio, Titian, Rubens, Raphael, and many others.
What is included
- Admission ticket to Borghese Gallery
- Skip-the-line ticket
- Required reservation
- Guided tour in English
- Officlal guide service
What is not included
- Audio Guide
- Guided tour of the park of Villa Borghese
The Villa Borghese museum is especially crowded and lets in a set number of visitors for each time slot. On some days, the booking time may have to be moved. Though the online availability is kept up to date, there may be changes to it.
Please consider the booking confirmed only upon receipt of the voucher. Italy Travels will send you the voucher by email after your booking request has been processed.
The time confirmed for museums with the highest visitor traffic may not be the time requested. If you can, please indicate an alternative time slot or date on the booking form. If the museum is full on the day requested and you have not given an alternative, the booking order will be held, and you will be emailed to ask for additional alternatives. Please note any time limits based on your plans in the "notes" field. If no restrictions are given, you will be required to accept entrance times to the museum in a time slot between 2 hours before and after the requested time.
EU citizens 18-24 years
Children: 0-17 years
The ticket price may increase during scheduled exhibitions. The extra charge during exhibitions is always mandatory.
Children: no ticket required for children under 3.
From the date of booking until 7 days before the day of the tour, the cancellation fee is €8.00 per ticket.
From 6 days before the tour time and for no-shows (unused tickets), the cancellation fee is 100% of the amount paid, i.e. there is no right to a refund.
You may change the date and time of booking up to 7 working days before the booked date paying a €2.50 fee per ticket. After that point, the voucher may no longer be changed.
Requests of changes must always be communicated in writing by email.
From Tuesday to Sunday. From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Last admission at 5:00 pm. Admission can be booked based on two-hour time slots
Closed: Every Monday, New Year's Day, and Christmas Day. On the Monday after Easter, the museum is usually open.
Tour starting time: 9:00 am or 11:00 am
Where the Borghese is located and how to arrive
Instructions for entry are printed on the voucher that will be sent by email to confirm booking and vary based on the type of booking.
Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5 - Rome
Underground Line A: nearest stop Flaminio or Spagna; Bus n. 116;88, 95, 490, 495.
The coat check is in the reception area in the museum's basement.
You must go through security checks at the metal detectors. The wait for these mandatory procedures cannot be avoided. It is mandatory to check items such as suitcases, backpacks, strollers, trolleys, umbrellas, and other items the security staff consider dangerous or too bulky.
The ticket allows you to access to museums only once.
Do not forget to bring a valid identification card or valid passport (one per person).
It is also forbidden to enter the museum with food, drinks (including water) and pets (except for guide dogs).
The museum bookshop is in the reception area in the museum's basement.
The coffee shop is in the reception area in the museum's basement.
Italy Travels cannot be held responsible for partial closing museum rooms, itinerary variations inside the museum, cancellations or entrance delays due to unaspected events, strikes or decisions taken by the museum direction or by the Ministero dei Beni Culturali or by the Sovraintendenza delle Belle Arti.