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Borghese Gallery, Rome - tickets and visitor tips

How to find Borghese Gallery, see the garden and get fast track tickets

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The Borghese Gallery is host to works by Canova and Bernini

The Borghese Gallery is located in Villa Borghese, the largest public park in Rome, on the north-east fringes of the city centre.

Villa Borghese features a lake, temples, fountains, statues and several museums, the most famous of which is the the Borghese Gallery.

If you are an art fan, this is the place for you; with works by Rubens, Canova, Bernini, Raphael and more.

This page details ticket information for the Borghese Gallery, including fast track tickets to reduce queuing times.

There are restrictions on tickets, so it is important to read and understand this in advance.

Borghese Gallery fast track admission tickets

If you would like to visit the Borghese Gallery and Museum in Rome at your own leisure and would like to skip the queue with reserved tickets (which regularly sell out a month in advance!), book your tickets now!

Your Borghese Gallery ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, for a fast, hassle-free entry.

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BORGHESE GALLERY FAST TRACK

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Borghese Gallery skip the line advance tickets

• Choose with or without guided tour • Tickets sell out fast - guarantee yours today • Skip the line

Borghese Gallery fast track admission tickets + guided tour

Your expert guide will bring an incredible passion to the proceedings informing you of all the back-stories and the depth and nuances of works. From the quirks of Cardinal Borghese to the heartbreaking story of the commissioning of Raphael’s The Deposition, this is a journey through art like none you have taken before.

Your Borghese Gallery ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, for a fast, hassle-free entry.

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BORGHESE GALLERY FAST TRACK AND TOUR

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Borghese Gallery guided tour

• 2-hour English language guided tour • Small groups of 15 or less • Headsets for groups over 6 • Skip the line

Borghese Gallery and gardens walking tour

Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden surrounding the Villa Borghese Gallery. Originally the Villa Borghese was a privately owned 'party villa' and the gardens as they are now were laid out in an English style in the 19th century before the property was handed over to the state.

The Villa Borghese Gallery Gardens are filled with fountains, monuments and diverse flora and you can visit then after your visit to the art gallery.


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BORGHESE GALLERY AND GARDENS TOUR

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Borghese Gallery and gardens skip the line guided tour

• Discover the Villa Borghese Gallery with its fountains, lakes and monuments • 3-hour English or French language guided tour • Small groups of 20 or less • Audio headsets • Skip the line

What is there to see at the Borghese Gallery?

Bernini sculpture at Borghese Gallery, Rome
Bernini sculpture

The Borghese Gallery has a collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and bas-reliefs, mainly from 15th to 18th century.

The gallery is world renowned for its important works by Canova and Bernini, including the latter's masterpiece 'Abduction of Proserpina by Pluto'. The lower floor of the Borghese Gallery is mainly dedicated to sculpture; the upper floor to paintings.

Paintings at the Galleria Borghese include several by masters such as Titian, Rubens and Raphael.

The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione's collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese - Paolo V's sister - and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over the next three centuries entailing both losses and acquisition have left their mark.

Borghese Gallery opening hours and ticket restrictions

The Borghese Gallery has physical limits to the number of visitors it can cope with. Tickets are therefore for 2-hour slots. Admission is strictly limited to only 360 persons every 2-hour time slot and there is mandatory exit at the end of each time slot.

With the above visitor quotas pre-booking tickets is strongly advised. It is very unlikely that you can expect to turn up and get tickets for entry without at best waiting hours. In all probability the tickets will only be available for the following days.

For up to date prices of admission tickets for the Borghese gallery, please see the official website (link above).

During cultural events and exhibitions prices may be a little more than the standard entry fee.

The museum is closed Monday, open from Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 7pm. Last admission 5pm.

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month (reservation required).

There are guided tours/ audio guides daily in English for an additional €5.

Getting to the Borghese Gallery

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116 electric bus in Villa Borghese

The Borghese Gallery is not the easiest in term of access for the average tourist, located in the vast Villa Borghese Park to the north-east of the city centre.

By public transport, the 52 and 53 buses stop close to the Borghese Gallery and can pickup you up at Barberini Metro. You can also walk from Barberini in about 20 minutes by walking up the Via Veneto and following the route in the paragraph above, its a very pleasant walk to. The route is also signposted from Spagna Metro or the top of the Spanish Steps.

The 910 bus from Termini Station also stops close to the gallery.

The 116 small electric bus (pictured in Villa Borghese) winds its way through the ancient city passing Barberini Metro before climbing the Via Veneto before giving you a mini tour of the park before arriving at the front entrance of The Borghese Gallery.

The number 19 tram from just north of the Vatican offers a 'Rome experience' if not the closest drop off to the Borghese Gallery. Get off at the Museum of Modern Art which you cannot miss and walk through the park (some way) to the Borghese Gallery.

If you are using one of the popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses then be careful selecting which operator. The north east part of the city where Villa Borghese is situated has quite different coverage from operator to operator. It is not a matter of being dropped off at Villa Borghese, but how long a walk you will have.

Villa Borghese park

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The Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome

Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome and a great safety valve to escape the noise and bustle of the city of Rome.

There are busy areas like the boating lake, but for the most part its very easy to find your own shady spot all to yourself. It's not manicured lawns for the most part; the landscape is quite contoured with plenty of monuments dotted around, even a Shakespeare theatre with performances by the famous bard.

The park is only steps away from the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. From Flaminio Metro station you can walk straight into the park, though it is quite a long walk to the Borghese Gallery from here.

At the northern tip of Villa Borghese is the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, located at the grounds of the 1911 World Exposition. The museum has a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings. It contains mostly works from Italian artists.

Nearby is the Rome Zoo. We have a self-guided walking tour of Villa Borghese which passes all the main landmarks including the Villa Borghese Gallery.

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