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

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This 2.5 hour tour of the Villa Borghese as it is an art museum in a league of its own. Instead of trying to be encyclopedic, like the Louvre, this 17th century palace is filled with a distilled collection of the best. If you want to avoid the crows and see great art, the way it was meant to be seen, this tour is the perfect experience for you. In the 2.5 hours, you will wander the villa’s 20 room and marvel and peerless masterpieces in each one.
  • Find the highlights straight away with the help of a Villa Borghese guide
  • Wander amid the masterpieces in an intimately sized group of just 15 people
  • Learn about the gallery founder and architecture of Villa Borghese itself
  • See famous works of art in the place they have been viewed for centuries
What to Expect
Meet your guide inside Villa Borghese and head straight into the museum space with your prebooked skip-the-line ticket. As you walk, learn about the architecture and elegant interiors of the building, which was once only open to a privileged few. The art collection was only viewed by royals and nobility, but today the museum is open to all. Discover Villa Borghese’s showpiece works, including Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist and Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina. Hear the stories behind each masterpiece from your guide, and learn about Scipione Borghese, the eccentric cardinal who amassed the collection of artwork. After viewing the main highlights of the museum, your tour ends back at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Borghese Gallery and Museum, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
2:45 PM
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Pre-reserved, all-inclusive Borghese Gallery Tickets
  • Expert, English-Speaking guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or Fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • 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.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful experience of the Borghese Gallery. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She kindled my mother’s appreciation of art as well increased the depth of my appreciation.More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Irene C
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Irene C, Thank you for your kind words concerning our tour guide, we are genuinely thrilled that you and your mother both had such an enjoyable experience on our Borghese Gallery tour. We hope to see you both again soon on your next trip,...More

Reviewed 26 August 2019

The guided tour was really great and our guide was very knowledgeable with lots of detail and stories. Through her detailed stories I fell in love with Caravaggio.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Annelea B
Reviewed 16 August 2019 via mobile

We highly recommend the small-group tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about art. We learned so much about the artists and their unique techniques. The sculptures were breathtaking.

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Reviewed 2 August 2019

If you want to see the Borghese Gallery and learn about it you absolutely must take the Small-Group tour. It was well paced and extremely informative. We had a terrific time. Oh, btw, it's an amazing gallery. This is a must.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank berkeleybill
Reviewed 1 August 2019

Frederica was incredibly knowledgeable and a wonderful guide! This tour was amazing, the depth and knowledge of the guide and the insight into the history, artists, sculptors and the life in ancient times was so helpful. Highly recommend this tour to everyone!

Date of experience: July 2019
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28 October 2018|
Response from JKinnaer | Reviewed this property |
The tour I took was 2 and a half hours. This includes a bit outside, as the museum only allows one to visit for 2 hours.
Bernice H
24 September 2018|
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Response from JKinnaer | Reviewed this property |
I haven't counted the stairs, but there are plenty :-o
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