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clock-o2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the Villa Borghese's meticulously curated collection during this 2.5-hour small-group tour in Rome. Stroll through twenty rooms of the 17th-century palace with an art historian guide. See breathtaking works by masters like Carvaggio, Bernini and Raphael, including Bernini's 'Apollo and Persephone' and Carvaggio's 'St John the Baptist'. Admire the villa's marble architecture and ceiling frescoes as you listen to engaging commentary from your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people or less.
  • Tour the Villa Borghese with an art historian guide
  • Enjoy the uncrowded atmosphere of the intimate museum
  • See works by Carvaggio, Bernini and Raphael
  • Learn about the history of the building and Cardinal Borghese's collection
Make your way to the Villa Borghese to meet your small group and tour guide in front of the museum's double staircase. 

Pre-reserved tickets and the museum's policy of letting groups in at 2-hour intervals means the space is never overcrowded. Upon entry, admire the architecture and opulent decoration of this museum, once only open to royals and dignitaries. Built in the 1600s by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to house his impressive art collection, the space is now one of the most intimate museums in Rome. 

Follow your guide on a tour of the collection's highlights, including Canova's 'Pauline Bonaparte', Carvaggio's 'John the Baptist' and Bernini's 'the Rape of Proserpina'. Rely on your guide's knowledge of the collection to gain insight and interpretation in to the art's history and folklore. Hear about the Cardinal's personal quirks and how they informed the collection, as well as some history about the building itself. The small-group nature of the tour means you have the opportunity to ask questions and get some personalized attention from your guide. 

Your tour ends after 2.5 hours, back at the original starting point.

Reviews

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T
, Jul 2018

Great tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and kindly answered many questions. I would definitely recommend him

B
, Apr 2018

Really enjoyed this tour as our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure to explain the details and history and would pause to allow us time to enjoy the extraordinary art. He definitely has a passion for what he does.

R
, Apr 2018

Magnificent artwork mesmerised by Bernini's work

V
, Mar 2018

This tour was taken on March 11, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Our tour guide was Sara M. from Walks of Italy. I was impressed by her knowledge, interpretation and skills her explanation was perfect. There was no rush. This was not my first visit to the Borghese Gallery. Nevertheless, I learned a lot from Sara M. and would not mind to repeat the same Borghese Gallery tour with her. Grazie mille, Sara M., for this interesting, wonderful, unforgettable tour. This tour is a must and highly recommended.

M
, Mar 2018

The Borghese Gallery lived up to everything we had heard about it. We are glad we did this tour rather than going by ourselves for the two hours that each ticket allows each person in the gallery. We were able to see a selection of the important items, with great commentary, without feeling rushed, and now we can go back on our own to spend more time with those items that are most interesting to us. Maria was a perfect guide. She provided great context and connection for the items included in the tour. She was also helpful in getting us into the gallery with the least hassle.

V
, Feb 2018

HOW DOES ONE DESCIBE THE SHEER ARTISTRY OF THE OLD MASTERS ESPECIALLY BERNINI. EVEN WITH MY BAD KNEES I WOULD CLIMB A THOUSAND STAIRCASES TO VIEW THIS AGAIN. OUR GUIDE WAS EXTREMELY VERSED ON THE SUBJECTS AND HELPED WITH ALL OUR QUESTIONS WHETHER THEY RELATED TO THE BORGHESES OR HOW TO GET A TAXI. TO BE ABLE TO ASCERTAIN THE POLITICS OF THE TIME AND WHAT ALL THOSE PEOPLE HAD TO ENDURE JUST TO SURVIVE IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT WAS AWESOME. PLEASE KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO BRING US UP TO SPEED ON A CULTURE WE HAVE NO WAY OF EXPERIENCING.

B
, Feb 2018

A wonderful tour in a very crowded museum and our guide always had us in the perfect spot to view the art. Her knowledge of the artists were great and her descriptions very imformative.

J
, Jan 2018

Excellent tour - wonderful tour guide !!!! Worth seeing.

d
, Dec 2017

The tour and docent were first rate. The docent was extremely well informed about the art and artists in this wonderful collection. I can't imagine seeing this museum without the docent. We made our reservations through Viator months before arriving in Rome and noticed that all the reserved time slots were booked for that day and the following week. This is a well spent tour if you are staying in Rome

W
, Dec 2017

There happened to be a major and comprehensive Bernini exhibit at the Borghese during our visit, which was unexpectedly varied and compelling. Our guide, coincidentally, was passionate about the artist, and his knowledgable and enthusiastic commentary on the works and the building itself were totally engaging. With or without the Bernini exhibit, this is a must-see gallery in Rome along with the Villa Farnesina and the Palazzo Pamphilj.


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