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private tour starting at €240 total, not per person
3-hour private walking tour • children 12 years and under are free • skip ticket lines and go inside • reservations required
rome’s most prized secret art collection
Reopened after 17 years of vast restorations, the Borghese Gallery houses a world-class collection of treasures that span two millennia and can be visited in two or three hours.
This walking tour is a rare occasion to witness a museum that limits the number of daily visitors to behold some of Rome’s most famous masterpieces. Encircling Bernini’s sculpture of Apollo and Daphne is a dizzying sensation that should not be missed. Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath is a chilling moment into the mind of a murdering artist. Titian’s priceless Sacred and Profane Love was refused a purchase price by the Rothchilds that exceeded the value of the entire museum.
With one of our expert guides, you will experience this palace with insider stories on Cardinal Scipione Borghese and his elite circle of friends, whose artistic taste influenced the careers and value of artists both living and dead. After the museum, we will explore a bit of the vast Villa Borghese Gardens, (80 hectares or 148 acres), a landscape designed in the naturalistic English manner containing several buildings, used by Scipione Borghese as a suburban villa suburban for lavish parties at the edge of Rome, and house his art collection.
At the end of the tour, we would suggest that you continue on your own through the Borghese gardens to visit the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. Inside you will find the largest collection of famous paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Italy. Included are works by Klimt, Chirico and Modigliani.
Our guides are happy to assist with other sights to explore and restaurants while avoiding the area tourist traps.
• Bernini's famous sculptures: Rape of Proserpina, Apollo & Daphne, David
• Canova's Venere Vincitrice, Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister
• Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
• Raphael's The Deposition
• Caravaggio's David & Head of Goliath, Madonna of the Palafrenieri
• The Villa Medici: Housing the French Academy in Rome
• The Pinacoteca upper gallery with amazing views of the gardens
• Temple of Aesculapius on the lake
• Siena Square
• Much much more...
December 24 and 25
Admission is strictly controlled, with a limited number of visitors allowed every 2 hours. Guests must exit the museum at the mandatory exit time.
If guests encounter delays on the day of their Borghese tour, the museum is not able to extend the exit times for specific guests.
Excellent English-speaking, authorized guide.
Authorization to enter sights and skip lines.
Hotel, apartment, ship dock, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.
We purchase tickets in advance.
Students 18 years and under €2.
Add 5% ticket processing fee.
RomaPass not valid.
Tuesday to Sunday, all-year.
Morning: 9:00am, or 9:30am
Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 3:00pm
Museum is closed on Sundays.
Custom start times subject to guide availability.
98% level ground. A few upstairs and inclines. Uneven cobblestones and dirt paths on tour route. Not safe for those with walking challenges, canes or unable to walk for 1-hour without resting.
We access traffic restricted areas with steps and ramps. It is not possible to do this tour route with a vehicle.
You can add a private luxury vehicle for commuting to and from the historic center.
ClearSound headphones for groups over 10 guests. €1.50 each
Wear comfortable athletic shoes.
There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.
Gallery is closed on Sundays.
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