- City: Rome
- Duration: 2hrs 30mins
- Start Time: Times vary.
Discover Renaissance art in its original home: A stunning 17th century mansion.
Explore works by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio, Canova & more.
- Borghese Gallery tickets are difficult to get - yours are guaranteed.
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A COLLECTION AS MANAGEABLE AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL
The Borghese Gallery is a true beauty, both inside and outside. Located in the 17th century home of Cardinal Borghese, it houses the art of the Cardinal himself - collected, commissioned (and even stolen!) during his lifetime. Since this is a private residence and not a sprawling palace, the Borghese Gallery is strikingly manageable. During your 2.5 hour visit you'll see all of the rooms and even have time to delve into the stories behind the artworks.
One of the most memorable paintings in the Borghese Gallery is Raphael's ‘Entombment’; a moving depiction of the grieving, including Christ’s mother, around his lifeless body. But your guide will let you in on the story that makes this piece even more moving. The matriarch of a powerful family in Perugia commissioned this piece from Raphael after her son killed most of his family members in a bid for power, then sought refuge in his mother’s home. She turned him away but changed her mind a few minutes later and ran after him – just in time to see him brutally murdered by his enemies. After that story, the theme of a mother grieving over her dead son takes on a whole new dimension!
Along with collecting (and sometimes simply stealing!) art, Cardinal Borghese hired artists to create pieces especially for him. One of his favorites? Baroque bad-boy Caravaggio. This artist who was arrested numerous times (for every crime from brawling, to throwing a plate of artichokes in his waiter’s face, to killing a man) produced darkly dramatic, realistic paintings that were light-years ahead of his time. And, as your guide will reveal to you, a secret lurks within each one. His self-portrait in ‘David and Goliath' is particularly telling.
THE UNPARALLELED JOY OF A QUIET GALLERY
Borghese Gallery tickets are a limited commodity. Only a set number of people are allowed inside at any given time, which has two results: First, the gallery is relatively peaceful at all times, particularly in comparison with the Vatican Museums; and second, tickets often sell out far in advance. We pre-reserve your tickets to guarantee that you won't be disappointed on the day.
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR VISIT WITH THE PERFECT HOST & SMALL GROUP SIZES.
Entertained by your guide, and by the jaw-dropping stories that lay behind all of these works of art, you’re not just “viewing” art; you’re experiencing it. With small groups of only 15 people or fewer you’ll have time and space to interact with your guide, discussing what you see on a more personal level, And, whether you think you love art or not, we promise: After this tour, you will love the Borghese – and probably Bernini, Caravaggio, Canova and Raphael, too.
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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements
The Borghese museum does not allow any bags, purses, or cameras into the galleries. All such items must be checked before entering the museum, which your guide will help you with upon arrival.
Please note that the second floor of the Borghese Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. As a result we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or guests with reduced mobility on this tour. Please contact our Customer Service team for details of our private tour options.
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