Sightseeing Tours of the Borghese Gallery

tour duration

3 Hours

start time

08:30 AM & 02:30PM

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

Borghese Gallery entrance, more details at booking

Excursions from the Borghese Gallery

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Villa Borghese – Rome

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Located north of the famous Spanish Steps Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome. The stunning park offers the visitors a breath-taking view over the Eternal City from the Pincio (Pincian Hill of ancient Rome). However this is not the only attraction that Villa Borghese presents; the park houses a lake, temples, statues, fountains and museums.

There are two main entrances to the Villa: from Piazzale Flaminio, near Piazza del Popolo, and from Porta Pinciana situated at the end of Via Veneto.

In the late Roman Republic period this area was known as Gardens of Lucullus. During the 16th century it became a vineyard and in 1605 Cardinal Scipione Borghese turned it into a landscape garden, the biggest built in Rome since the Roman period. The park was developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana (Borghese Villa on the Pincian Hill) that the Cardinal used both as party villa and to display his art collection. The Cardinal himself prepared some sketches for the project.

During the 18th century an artificial lake was created in the middle of the park; a century later the gardens were remodeled in a more natural way following the English taste.

In 1903 the city of Rome bought the Villa from the Borghese family and opened it to the public. Few years later, in 1911, the park housed the World Exposition; many of the pavilions built still exist. Here is located the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.

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The Galleria Borghese is the most famous museum between the ones present in the park. It is housed in the Villa Borghese Pinciana and showcases a stunning collection of sculptures and paintings from masters like Canova, Bernini, Titian and Rafael.

The park accommodates also the Museo Nazionale Etrusco.

Walking around the park visitors can enjoy the view of a gorgeous amphitheatre (Piazza di Siena), the 18th century Arch of Settimio Severo and a beautiful botanical garden.

The original Triton statues of the Moor Fountain of Piazza Navona were brought here while in the fountain are now display replicas from the 19th century.

Borghese Gallery

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The Galleria Borghese with its number of famous masterpieces could be considered certainly one of the most important museums of Rome and Italy. Located in the heart of the capital inside the gardens of Villa Borghese. Inside the museum. you can admire works of many artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Tiziano, Raphael, Rubens and Canova.

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One of Antonio Canova most well known masterpieces. Paolina Borghese, sculpted between 1805 – 08, is now kept in The Borghese Gallery. The portrait of the aristocratic Roman reclining in an attitude reminiscent of Venus is one of the sculptor’s most successful work. Like other works in marble, it was expressly commissioned from the Venetian artist by the rich Borghese family.

Gianlorenzo Bernini “David firing his sling”, is one of the many sculptures on show in Borghese Gallery. The Face of David is said to be a self-portrait of Bernini. The artist was the first to use a spiral movement to give the illusion of vitality to a sculpture, a technique he used in many occasion. Bernini artistic qualities were demonstrate in numerous fields: he was later to prove himself a brilliant architect and engineer, as shown by the colonnade st St Peter’s Square and the famous fountains in Piazza Navona and Piazza Barberini in Rome.

The Borghese Gallery also include the most famous work of Gianlorenzo Bernini the sculpture of “Apollo and Daphne”.