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For an in-depth experience of baroque Rome, treat yourself to a private art history tour led by an experienced historian-guide. Visit the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese) to see its renowned collection of art and statues, and then wander through the gardens of Villa Borghese, down to Piazza del Popolo for a tour of Santa Maria del Popolo, a 15th-century church home to two works by Caravaggio. Throughout this experience, you’ll enjoy the personalized attention that comes with a private guide.

Highlights

  • Private walking tour of Baroque Rome and the Galleria Borghese
  • Guided tour of the Galleria Borghese
  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Popolo
  • Choice of morning or afternoon three-hour tours
  • English-speaking guide specializing in art history
  • Departs from the Borghese Gallery and concludes at Piazza del Popolo
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private art tour
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests

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What You Can Expect

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

Villa Borghese

Meet your guide at the Borghese Gallery, housed in the Villa Borghese, to begin your private walking tour of Rome’s baroque art and architecture. Head inside to tour the gallery with your guide, an art historian with much knowledge to share about the history and art of the villa, which dates back to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who filled his home with an impressive collection of works.

Admire several statues by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, including Apollo and Daphne, David and Rape of Proserpine, and see a Canova sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte Borghese. Don’t miss paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael before leaving the gallery to walk through the lovely Villa Borghese gardens down to Piazza del Popolo, a busy Rome square.

Head inside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo with your guide to see two of Caravaggio’s famous works—Crucifixion of St Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus; with your guide’s artistic help, compare these baroque paintings with Raphael’s Renaissance-style Chigi Chapel. Your tour then ends at Piazza del Popolo, a central location from where you can continue exploring the city on your own.

Note: This private tour can be customized to your interests by your professional guide; please list any particular interests you have, such as architecture, history or culture, at the time of booking so your guide can prepare.

Customer Reviews

RICHARD H S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

To participate in the learning of history and the artists who created such awesome paintings and sculptures was exhilarating! We had never really knew much about Bernini until this wonderful tour. Isabella was very knowledgeable and made sure that we understood what she was telling us. It was worth the long walk up to the Gallery and putting up with the rain! Do it!

Timothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a wonderful tour. Our guide did an outstanding job of describing the art and history of the gallery, gardens and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo. Thank you, Harula, for a wonderful experience.

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome this time around. Our guide went out of her way to make sense of the Gallery, the surrounding gardens and other galleries - and value-added by explaining the use of public transport tickets! And she was a lovely person.

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were four people and we all agreed that Isabella gave us a marvelous tour of the Borghese Gallery and Popolo Church. She is very personable and knowledgeable - a great combination. My husband and I had been to these sites several times we love Caravaggio and Bernini but Isabella gave us insights and history that we never would have known. Brava!

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were four people and we all agreed that Isabella gave us a marvelous tour of the Borghese Gallery and Popolo Church. She is very personable and knowledgeable - a great combination. My husband and I had been to these sites several times we love Caravaggio and Bernini but Isabella gave us insights and history that we never would have known. Brava!

Stephen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was very well done. Luca is an outstanding guide for the artwork in the gallery and for the grounds of the Borghese Villa. I would highly recommend this especially as there is a limited time in the Gallery.

Erik P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide was fantastic and we learned a ton.

Sheila W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour with Luca. He was really funny, informative, and kept our 18 year old niece interested throughout the tour.

catherinerhoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Best of the best. Our guide was an expert and got us to all the best pieces just as our time expired. A must-see.

Carolyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were met on time by Isabela. She was exceptional with her art descriptions and explanations. Be for warned that Gallery permits you only two hours, then it allows additional people in to view everything. Wonderful experience

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