• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Joanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a marvelous morning in this wonderful museum. Maria had an advanced degree in Art History and spoke excellent English. She guided us through this amazing museum, pointing out the most important works and noting the features that made them special. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in art.

Andres B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! Our guide was Gianluca Farris and he was outstanding! Not only did he know everything related to the Gallery and its history, but he also gave us tips and recommendations for restaurants and other places when our tour was over. He even bough us a cappuccino!
The Borghese Gallery is a must, you can't miss it. And it's absolutely worth it to make it a private tour. You will learn and enjoy your visit so much more!

PATRICIA O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was the most surprisingly wonderful tour we took of the many tours we took. Our guide was marvelous. If you miss this tour, you have missed one of the best


This was the most surprisingly wonderful tour we took. Our guide was marvelous and the artwork in our opinion was akin to going to the Uffizi or the Musee D'Orsey. Bernini, Michaelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael. The Bernini's are stunning!

Allan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very knowledgeable, very passionate. Spoke good English. Very organized.

catherinerhoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our expert in art history was fantastic. In a private group you get to see more, and tailor to your interests.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Luca, our guide, was a font of detailed and entertaining information to provide history and context to what we saw. We would whole heartedly do again. The only way to experience this exquisite treasure trove of art!

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing and absolutely worth every cent. Our guide Maria Ludavica was very knowledgeable and even my wife who is very well versed in art history learned a great deal. A warm and wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone with even a small interest in art.

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.

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