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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • 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.
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini, Villa Borghese Bernini's sculpture detail, Borghese Gallery The Deposition' by Raphael Apollo and Daphne' by Bernini Boy with a Basket of Fruit' by Caravaggio Pauline Bonaparte' by Canova Borghese Gallery sculpture with Caravaggio in background David with the head of Goliath' by Caravaggio David' by Gian Lorenzo Bernini Diana and Her Nymphs' by Domenichino Villa Borghese ceiling fresco Sculpture gallery at the Villa Borghese Floor tiles at the Villa Borghese St. John the Baptist' by Caravaggio Madonna, Child and Serpent' by Caravaggio Lady with a Unicorn' by Raphael

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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.

Sites visited

  • Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
  • Bernini’s Rape of Proserpine
  • Bernini’s David
  • Antonio Canova’s Pauline Bonaparte
  • Caravaggio’s David and Goliath
  • Caravaggio’s St. John The Baptist
  • Raphael’s The Deposition
  • Titian’s The Scourging of Christ
  • And much more

Included

  • Pre-reserved Borghese Gallery tickets
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets on groups over 6

Reviews

5-stars from over 451 Customer Reviews

Wonderful guide who knew how to navigate through the museum to maximize the allotted time. She spoke not only to the technical aspects of the art, but shared the stories which gave us a peek into the culture and personalities of the artists.
Our guide was not only knowledgeable, she was passionate about her subject area. She was captivating and engaging. She asked us questions, checking for understanding. A wonderful teacher and guide. We have had many guides, she was the best we have ever had.
Guido is incredible. He is passionate about customer service and about art history. He took such care to ensure that we were well informed and looked after on every step of the tour. He is incredibly knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. You have a fantastic employee in Guido.
Francesca was really amazing!!! Thank you, I learned so much!
Francesca was excellent at relaying the stories behind the sculptures and the art. And she led me to a great gelato spot!
Felix was amazing. We loved his passion for Bernini and learned so much. Everyone should book tours with you. Give him a raise!!!!
Really enjoyed this tour and in particular the high professionalism of Luciana and her capacity to ensure we share her enthusiasm for Bernini and Caravaggio
Thanks a lot Francesca! You were a great guide 😊
We have done Italy walks tours in Rome and Florence. Your guides are awesome and Francesca is one of your best!
Loved the tour! Guido was perfect!!
Great guide and I loved everything anout it
Dario is fantastic, I especially love his passion for all things art and his willingness to pass that into his audience.
Excellent, entertaining tour guide having very broad knowledge. Only issue if of course the crowds which are unavoidable!
Guido is a capable and knowledgeable guide for the art of the Borghese Gallery; we especially appreciated the passion he has for the subject. We loved getting to see the Bernini and Caravaggio works, but it was a nice surprise to get to view the fabulous Roman mosaics, as well.
Valentina was excellent, her passion for history was contagious. Loved The Galleria.
Words cannot describe this gallery or our pocket rocket guide, Tiberio. His passion and knowledge unlocked the beauty and history and made it an awesome tour.
Fabulous, very informative and an extremely gracious guide. We also took the 7 hour walking tour on 18th July, again fabulous and extremely generous guide. We will recommend Walks of Italy time and time again. Thank you very much.
Martina was excellent. I work as a museum docent and understand the challenges and goals of the job. Her passion for the art was evident, her way of turning art into storytelling was so compelling, and her ability to choose significant pieces from a large collection was perfect.
Martina was excellent. I work as a museum docent and understand the challenges and goals of the job. Her passion for the art was evident, her way of turning art into storytelling was so compelling, and her ability to choose significant pieces from a large collection was perfect.
Excellent tour. The guide showed us how to view the art in a way we never would have discovered on our own. We've been on four tours in three days, and this was by far our favorite.
Guido's passion for this art gallery is beyond impressive. He knows more details than you would ever expect. He really pulled together the history and politics and art. Amazing!
The Guide (Guido) was incredibly attentive, appearing much knowledge and passion for art
Very knowledgeable and we saw the critical works. We had time to review and look at other works. She is a keeper as a tour guide.
I found this tour excellent. The guide was fantastic and had excellent knowledge of every thing he showed us. It was extremely interesting and would not have gained the insights without the information he provided. 10/10 or if I could I'd give him 12/10.
Really enjoyed your & guide. Very interesting & lovely museum.
We loved Georgia! Infused humor with information.
Guido was an excellent guide who explained the history and beauty of the art work as he expertly wove us through the galleries. We had the last tour of the day and would have loved more time to view the gorgeous artifacts and landscaped grounds.
Martina a fantastic. We had her for two tours and we really enjoyed it. It would have been nice if we could have learned about some of the other pieces there even though the artists were less prolific
This was our favorite tour, and Georgia made it quite delightful. Her knowledge of the background and backstories made the tour that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour and Georgia in particular as the guide. Thanks.
A miracle - our guide turned out to be Guido, who was our leader for the "Pristine Sistine" tour. We were so lucky to have him lead us through the Borghese Gallery. Once again, his enthusiasm and energy was contagious. The tour was a a winner. One of best!
All very positive - good directions, a guide who was professional and well versed in his subject (though more on the architecture and archeology than the art). Microphone issue existed again, but with a much smaller group, and a quiet location, it was not a major issue.
Gio was a wonderful guide. Her deep knowledge of the works of art at the Borghese made it a very educational experience.
Loved Francesca so much!
Better directions to Borgese would be helpful.
The Borghese Gallery was one of the most incredibly impressive art museums I have ever been too. Francesca was a friendly, animated, and knowledgeable guide. She shared little tidbits of history and humor for many of the masterpieces in the gallery. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It's a must-do!
Francesca was wonderful. Really made the art come alive!
Great, very knowledgeable guide.
Francesca was an absolutely amazing tour guide and I am so glad we took a tour with her. She is incredibly passionate about the artwork in the gallery and it shows, she almost like an artist herself as she presented the masterpieces to us in such a thoughtful way. Thank you Francesca!
Whe were supersatisfied with the guide, she explains everything with such an enthusiasm that you appreciate everything you are seeing to the maximum
Georgia was amazing, so knowledgeable and passionate about the art. Worth every penny.
Julia was phenomenal! She had great knowledge and enthusiasm. Wish all guides were this good. Thank you!
Georgia was great - her enthusiasm was contagious, and she made the Borghese a truly memorable experience.
Luciana was a knowledgeable and engaging guide, who brought the paintings and sculptures to life for someone who appreciates art but is not an 'art lover'. Thank you Luciana, thoroughly enjoyed our tour with you.
Amy's enthusiasm for both Bernini and Caravaggio was greatly appreciated, and we matched it as a result, I'm sure!
Wonderful tour with a wonderful leader. Georgia was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and responsive. We learned a great deal and are now total Caravaggio and Bernini fans! We recommend this tour highly!
The gallery was fantastic and so was our guide Sev.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Cecilia. She was very professional, knowledgable, and informative. I highly recommend this tour!
Amy was the best tour guide we could've asked for! Extremely passionate and knowledgeable. She was happy to answer questions and the pace of the tour was easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
Loved the tour. The galleria is filled with so many fabulous pieces of art and sculptures, and Julia was strategic in her approach as well as enthusiastic and humorous as she explained the historical significance of what we were seeing.
Thank goodness the gallery limits the number of entrants. It was vastly superior to the Vatican museum. Our guide was excellent and a real entertainer and story teller. We will definitely recommend your tours to anyone coming you way.
Excellent and entertaining guide !
Georgia is a fantastic guide! A great tour!
The guide Georgia was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Totally enjoyed the guide & tour. Highly recommend!
most enjoyable (and educational) tour
Our little group of friends actually took four tours with you. We were unanimous in giving you high praise for organization, efficiency, and knowledge. The guides were pleasant and attentive and we enjoyed everything they told us.
We were so impressed with our guide Andrew. Knowledgeable and entertaining. You could sense his love of the beautiful works of art he revealed to us. Another A+ for Walks of Italy.
Sev was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour leader. Great tour
Doraluna was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable, and very responsive. She answered questions, kept everyone together and had visual aids to help along the way!
Directions through Borghese park said 20 min walk but signs were bad so took almost 1 hour. Almost missed tour. Also please mention all bags need to be checked. Better not to bring. Check bag line was very long!!
I had an absolutely delightful tour of Villa Borghese with Giorgia. She was charming, amusing and entertaining and I loved every moment of it! Thank you.
Guido is delightful and full of passion for his subject. He opened my eyes to Bernini's genius and gave me a better appreciation of the art of sculpture. Bravo!
O ur guide was Martine. Her knowledge was outstanding as was her way of presenting it. We throughly enjoyed this tour. We did find checking bag at the Borghese was very stressful as it was very poorly managed but no fault of your tour company.
The guide was wonderful and brought things to life in an accessible and interesting way - her love of art and sculpture was evident and her style was charming. We will definitely book with you again - thank you!!
I absolutely recommend this tour if you plan to visit the Borghese Gallery. Francesca provided so much history and detail about the pieces, and her passion for art history was so wonderful to experience.
Hello Gaia again. I just loved this tour and Cecilia was just perfect. Her in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject were wonderful. The visit to the Borghese gallery wasn't initially a priority for our Rome trip, but in the end turned out to be one of the highlights.
The best tour I have ever had! Georgia was knowledgeable, eloquent and entertaining. We left with a far greater appreciation of the artists, their lives and the beauty of the works themselves. We have told our friends and family this is the "must do" tour of Rome.
Excellent guide and vety pleasant
We were very happy with our tour. Our guide was excellent. We found everything well organised and very professional.
We arrived a few minutes late and our tour guide and group were so kind. Our tour guide was excellent..she had so much knowledge and passion about the Borghese Gallery. Top Notch!
Shannon was a great guide. Very helpful and informative
Absolutely superb - Mariah was knowledgeable and genuinely enthusiastic and engaged our family immediately. Would highly recommemd
Another really good tour. The constraining factor here is the two-hour window for visiting the Galleria. But Vincenzo made sure we made the most of the time we had.
Great tour, very informative! I learned so much in the 2 hours I was on the tour, she was passionate and very knowledgable. I would definitely recommend this to everyone!
Our guide was Georgia, she was wonderful!
A wonderful experience. Thank you Vincenzo
Loved the tour and our guide.
Amazing guide in an amazing museum.
Georgia was spectacular! Best tour guide ever!
Felix gave a nice tour with lots of information and a funny touch, his combination of knowledge and humour made the Borghese Gallery a great experience!
Highlight of my trip. Particularly impressed by knowledge and passion of guide, Francesca.
Most enjoyable and exceeded our expectations!
The tour was beyond our expectations; not because of the wonderful art and sculptures but because Dr Felix made it so! Felix's enthusiasm and deep knowledge of Bernini and Caravaggio was truly the icing on the cake. We would follow the Felix to every corner of the Borghese Museum. Wonderful!
Loved the Gallery and thought Marta did an excellent job of making our tour interesting and relevant! She was willing to answer questions even though the tour was fast paced. Warning, the steps are a killer but worth the climb! This is one of the top Roman sites in my book!
Guide was so informative and knowledgeable
Dario was great
We found our guide to be exceptionally well informed. As an art historian she could answer anything we could throw at her and much more. She was cheerful, professional and enthusiastic as well.
A must tour when visiting Italy. The tour was one of the best I've been on. I learned so much from being on this tour about the artwork inside. I believe our guide enjoyed answering even single question asked !
A mesmeric window into art's greats.
All absolutely excellent. Would recommend without any hesitation
Incredible! There was so much to see in the Borghese Gallery that I was glad to have such an amazing guide to make everything seem less overwhelming. Our guide was fantastic!
Guido was amazing so knowledgeable and friendly he was a delight. We loved this tour!
Guido was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the art. The perfect tour guide for this amazing museum.
Tiberius was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and amazing guide !
We had a wonderful tour of the Borghese Gallery! Our tour guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable and made the trip very enjoyable. I would not hesitate to use Walks of Italy again.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept you entertained. Well worth the tour!
Ferdinando was wonderful. Best tour I've been on. Very informative. Very knowledgeable. I'm still thinking about what I learned!
Amazing knowledge of his subject matter and entertaining with stories about the art work. Would have liked to have had advance knowledge about our inability to carry our purses into the Gallery. Will definitely recommend this particular tour and Walks of Italy.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and presented his comments in an interesting commentary with some humor.
The tour was great - the highlight of our trip to Rome. Dario was amazing, a real pro. Thanks!!
Loved the tour and Cecilia, she was funny and friendly.
A wonderful tour which could be longer so more artworks could be explored and enjoyed.
I LOVED this tour. The guide was super knowledgeable. He was engaging, fun, and really kept us interested the entire time.
Vincenzo has a strong knowledge in the field, he made the visit so captivating, we where impressed, hope he can guide us on other visits when we will be back in December.
Vincente did a fabulous job!
Amazing statues and Cecilia is a great guide.
Loved this tour.
Guide was as fabulous as the Galleria!
This was a fabulous tour. We loved the guide. He was very knowledgeable and clearly very enthusiastic about the subject matter.
Luigi was totally amazing and very knowledgeable. We had a 12-month art course in a short time. 10 out of 10
Guide obviously enjoyed art, shared their enthusiasm & provided background to the pieces & artists as we toured the gallery.
Fracessca is very passionate and knowledgeable . The Borghese mueum was our highlight of italian art , culture and history introduction. I loved it.
Cecilia was a very knowledgeable guide about art, and was such a pleasant person with her beaming smile. We learned a lot, and enjoyed our tour very much. Thanks for everything
Enjoyed the tour and the information we received from the tour guide. I would recommend this tour to those who are planning to travel to Rome.
Took a while to find group outsude as so many groups. Otherwise excellent tour. Lovely guide.
Our guide was excellent, the headsets were outstanding, if only they would allow more time in the gallery.
Francesca was excellent. She was very knowledgeable of the museum and was able to explain the pieces of art with interesting details. She was very personable.
Thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour through the gallery. We significantly improved our art appreciation thanks to our wonderful guide! We highly recommend this activity to anyone who is considering it.
The tour was fantastic, the guide so informative and obviously loves his job. So glad we did the tour
This was our second visit to Villa Borghese and tyhe reason we stayed in Rome - we loved our visit and our guide just added so much to our understanding of the art. We will follow up with Walks New AYork next year!
One of the best tours we have been on. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful during the tour. Ihighly recommend this tou, very good crowd control.
Cecelia was absolutely brilliant and passionate about the art in the Borghese. My wife & I were both very happy with the Galleria Borghese & the informed knowledge presented by our guide.
Excellent knowledgeable guide!
Wonderful tour! Francesca was the best guide we've ever had & we travel extensively. She absolutely loves art & sharing her love with others. You need to clone Francesca 😊
Laura was a great guide! Very sensitive to the needs and interests of the group, and full of interesting facts about each piece of art. I really enjoyed this tour!
Excellent tour guide. Well educated, informative and friendly.
Vincenzo did a great job in a limited amount of time covering both main feature Bernini sculptures as well as interesting stories on other pieces (which, of course, are incredible themselves). The museum does not need a guided tour but his guided tour added an fascinating layer of information.
Many thanks to Cecilia- Villa Borghese was our favourite guided tour in Rome
Francesca so loves the art that it is almost contagious. Her knowledge and ability to convey what you are looking at made it so much more than just looking at pictures and statues.
Our guide, a young woman who's name I can't recall was amazing! Very, very passionate and knowledgable. She made the experience very spacial. It may have been Francesca or Fredrika or similar. It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning, thank you!
Love the stories but hardest for me to understand.
Happy with my experience.
Francesca was very knowledgable and passionate. Her manner was very personable.
This was our 2nd tour with Francesca as the Guide. She is an excellent tour Guide. We will recommend Walks of Italy to our family, friends and co-workers.
A most excellent experience with a most knowledgable, articulate guide Brent & Terri Osborne
Cecilia demonstrated tremendous knowledge and was delightful.
Guido was excellent and passionate about the art and referred us to another galleri which was also excellent. Very nice a gentleman.
Very organized, animated, interesting and informative. We were engaged by the guides stories and perspective and very much enjoyed the tour.
Dario is very entertaining and we appreciated his in depth level f knowledge. Great tour!
Luciana was a wonderful guide. My wife and I really enjoyed the tour!! Thank you.
Our guide was great, we learned a lot about art, history, and culture from him. This was my husband's favorite tour.
Camilla was fabulous. Extremely knowledgeable and made it a memorable day.
We were especially pleased with our wonderful guide Carmella. She was knowledgable, patient and humorous!
Camilla was terrific! The tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Rome. I learned a lot and got fabulous pictures and memories. Robin
This was a fantastic tour. We learned so much from the tour guide. The information was comprehensive and deeply interesting. Visiting the museum without the tour would have been far less interesting, educational and fun.
The tour was one of the highlights of our Rome Trip - the guide was very informative and engaging - there was so much to see and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
The collection was fantastic and worth the price of admission. Enjoyed the guide's insights as well.
The tour guide was named Cecilia I believe. What a wealth of knowledge...she was entertaining and informative. I would love her at every museum I go to :)
Maurizio is your best guide. I doubt I ever had a more interesting, engaging and knowledgable guide. He had an answer for everything. I would strongly recommend that particular tour to anyone. All of your guides are great, but he is absolutely fantastic. Borghese tour exceeded all expectations.
Maurizio is your best guide. I doubt I ever had a more interesting, engaging and knowledgable guide. He had an answer for everything. I would strongly recommend that particular tour to anyone. All of your guides are great, but he is absolutely fantastic. Borghese tour exceeded all expectations.
Very knowledgeable & fun.
Appreciate I saw all significant pieces with explanation in short time period allowed.
We really enjoyed the tour of Borghese Gallery, Cecilia made the art works come alive.
Francesca was knowledgeable and very enjoyable. The pacing and content was great. I would definitely recommend her.
Francesca was our guide here and she was absolutely AMAZING!!!!
Cecilia's knowledge of & passion for the art came through. I have been to the Borghese before. Cecilia made it even more special.
Another great experience. Luigi's knowledge of the artwork was impressive.
The Borghese Gallery tour was fantastic. The artworks contained in the gallery are breath-taking. Our guide, Valentina, was very passionate about the artworks and history, making it even more special as we learned about the artists and the works. Highly recommended.
Juliette was fantastic. One of the best guides I have had in over 20 years of group tours. Extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and personable. Will definitely go with Walks of Italy again and request her for other group tours. Exceptional.
Great tour of the beautiful paintings and sculptures in the Galleria. Our guide was terrific. I went on tours with other companies and I thought yours was the best.
The tour was wonderful. Luigi manifested competence and knowledge about the works of art. He also showed genuine interest and concern to explain the works of art. Perhaps, a little more time could have been devoted to the sculptures at the first level.
Our guide was pleasantly learned and patient with all of us, he properly answered all our questions. We were given excellent explanation about museum, masterpieces, gardens etc. I will surely book other tours with your Company when in Rome again.
Our guide was incredible. We saw her the next day while on a Vatican tour and were disappointed that we were not on her tour. We found her to be of the best guides we have had while traveling.
Absolutely fantastic tour - to one of the most beautiful (and manageable) museums in Rome. Great tour guide - whose passion for the art and sculptures was infectious. I left inspired and determined to return!
Dario was the best! He is so knowledgable and an excellent story teller! This was a highlight of our stay in Rome!
Very good tour. We were both happy.
Fantastic tour and wonderful, wonderful guide. Thank you ver much.
Guido had a passion for art which came out in spades Wonderful tour, great museum, thank you so much for the tour
Loved the way the guide was just impassioned about this gallery. It was an awesome tour!!!
This tour was very informative as Laura was an excellent guide. Some of our favourite pieces of art were viewed on this tour. Well organised and loved every moment.
We enjoyed the tour.
Excellent
The guide Mr T (I did not catch the actual spelling of his name) was very engaging. He is obviously passionate about the art and history of the collection on site. The tour is most appreciated.
The tour was flawless. Rosa was very helpful and informative. I would recommend this tour.
Very informative and covered the sujects anf areas well. Rosa knows her stuff and loves educating others. All 4 of us would recommend them over anyone else. Based on 2 out of the 6 tours we did with Walks of Italy. We missed the passion and interest the Luigi and Rosa have.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend
This was the best museum tour I had. Felix was excellent in explaining the history and reason behind why the artists and their works are regarded as they are today. I would highy recommend him.
This was the second tour we had with our guide Dario. Once again, he excelled at showing this site at its best. He was knowledgeable and entertaining as he took us through the highlights of the gallery.
The guide was excellent
Julietta was not our tour guide at the borghese. I think it was Victor. He guide was excellent.
Felix was awesome! My only disappointment was due to the Galleries chaotic bag check ( their process really needs improving!) once I got my bag back I could not find Felix to tip him!
Very interesting and found the tour gide to be very knowledgeable
Very considerate, kind guide who needed no prompting to arrange a lift and seating for our mother whenever he could. His knowledge was extensive and impressive and he brought the Borghese collection to life. I will recommend to everyone visiting Rome.
I have taken a number of tours in Italy with several vendors. . This guide was the best I have had
Awesome experience with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide! I originally booked the tour because online reservations for the gallery had sold out, but in retrospect this was a far better experience than just going on my own.
Francesca Learned us a lot . She is very funny but she knows her subjects!!!
Excellent tour! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the Borghese Gallery. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter was infectious. We loved the tour and would highly recommend Walks of Italy!
Francesca was fantastic! Her enthusiasm, passion and knowledge made the magnificence of the Galleria accessible. We will definitely schedule another event with you during our next visit to Roma. Many thanks!
This tour was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and had good back stories to tell. It made the Borghese come to life.
Our guide was very knowledgable and was very clear on instructions for bag check and museum procedures. This tour was one of our highlights of Rome! Thank you
Dario was a superb guide. Thanks for a great tour.
The guide was great. Very passionate about art
Passionate guide! Loved him
Our tour guide (I believe his name was Dominic) was excellent!
Tour guide was great.
Guido has an amazing amount of information which he imparts in a clear voice.
Also excellent. Wish we had more time!!!
Loved the Borghese--probably because of Giovanni's laid back comments on the art and the little known stories he told about the artists. He was a very good guide, but could have used a shower and a clean t-shirt.
Gastone is a marvelous raconteur and perfectly sublime at the Borghesi...
Amazing guide, very knowledgable and enthusiastic, highly recommend this tour.
Guido was an excellent and knowledgeable guide who was passionate about the the Galleria Borghese. Excellent experience overall.
We really enjoyed the Borghese Tour with Giovani. By limiting the number of people in the Borghese, we could really view the artworks. Giovani was very informative and did a wonderful job of describing the story behind the various pieces.
Guide was very patient and explained key art pieces in detail.
Loved the Guido and every minute of the tour.
Our guide was wonderful. She took time to explain, patiently answered questions and made sure we got to see as much as we possibly could in two hours. She seemed to be quite the art expert. Quite enjoyable.
Great guide, Tanguy was obviously passionate about the material and made the Bernini sculptures come alive. The intimate nature of the gallery makes it a great small group tour, we really felt like we absorbed so much more despite the 2 hour time limit.
Great guide, Tanguy was obviously passionate about the material and made the Bernini sculptures come alive. The intimate nature of the gallery makes it a great small group tour, we really felt like we absorbed so much more despite the 2 hour time limit.
Again we found Cecelia to be very knowledgeable and sooo interesting. She was very skilled in prioritizing the more important pieces in the Gallery and managing the 2 hour time limit. She is a true asset to your organization.
Very informative and a wonderful tour!
Excellent .
Super knowledgeable guide; really helped us get a lot out of the tour.
Rosa was great! Very knowledgeable and informative. Even though I had been many years before, I felt like I was learning so much. Thanks for keeping the groups small.
Our guide was a Polish lady (name withheld) who was very well informed and had the ability to impart her knowledge with ease. She was most impressive.
Jovita was wonderful and I enjoied her tour. I was happy to learn so much and hope to give it back to walks of italy.
Only issue is guide spoke fast, but we are sure this is because of thr short time frame at the Borghese
Gastone was an urbane and erudite guide but not too academic. A charming man who made our two hours speed by! Would definitely use your company again.
Excellent guide
The Borghese is a wonderful gallery and our tour guide helped to make it magical, nice to have a small group of just thirteen people.
The tour was excellent. The guide very knowlegable and pleasant
she was so informative! and so nice!
wonderful!
Amy was wonderful. Gave the highlights of important places. Definitely would recommend this tour when you first arrive. Gelato was amazing!
Excellent all-around!
We could appreciate the great pieces the Borghese gallery possesses more delightfully thanks to Cecilia, who presented detailed background knowledge with prepared props. It was the most impressing tour we had ever had in Italy.
Our guide was wonderful. She was very informative with a very friendly manner.
Excellent tour led by Rosa who was extremely knowledgable about everything that we saw in the Gallery. Highly recommended
Our guide was very knowledgeable and careful to make sure you understood what you were looking at. He made the tour a story that made sense and was worth our time. Bravo!
The 2 sculptures; Apollo and Daphne, and David made it for me. Frank was excellent; informative and funny. Loved the tour
Guido was great
Great tour and very knowledgeable guide. Went somewhat fast though. Overall excellent.
Guido was great. He was charming and very learned. The tour was the highlight of our vacation.
I also took the "Welcome to Rome" tour with Andrea on Monday 1 June, and was equally pleased with both the tour and the guide. I will recommend Walks of Italy to my fellow travelers. Thank you!
We enjoyed our tour of Galleria Borghese tremendously! The stories our guide shared made the major art works come alive. To my surprise, the Bernini statues became the highlight for us, in part because our guide explained so well how revolutionary they were for their time.
Guido was a very passionate and educated man. It was a pleasure to visit the gallery with him!
Guido was excellent and the tour was very interesting and enjoyable.Thank you all.
Guido has genuine enthusiasm and passion for art. He is an excellent guide and fun to be with.
Rosa was an excellent guide. She should be a university professor. She is very intelligent and kind; her interpersonal skills are fine tuned.
Rosa is wonderful guide - very personable and knowledgeable. She added so much to the visit and made the experience much richer and enjoyable. Thanks to her it was a highlight of my trip. Thanks again.
Our second Walks of Italy tour and it was excellent - did not disappoint in any way - our guide was extremely well informed and guided us round, avoiding the crowds, and making sure we saw everything. I now have a much better understanding of Greek, Roman and later sculpture.
We were delighted to see Rosa again (we had her for the Vatican tour a year before). She is excellent, as always, and this tour made our whole trip.
Guide did excellent job making sure we saw all the important things timed to the minute=nice to have a Roman.
She was wonderful and we loved the tour.
Valentina was great and I recommend the tour. I was disappointed that the main gallery was closed for renovations but that just means I have to come back to see it.
Our guide was fantastic and so knowledgeable and excited about the collection, it made it that much more fun for us!
Great tour by a guide (Guido) who clearly knew his stuff and made sure we hit the highlights in the time available.
Gaston was well versed but could not answer some of my wife's questions. He simply did not know the answer. Also he did not engage the young children as other guides did. I felt somewhat disappointed.
This was our favorite tour ( out of four taken) while in Rome. Our guide was excellent.
The Borghese Gallery is a must see on everyone's trip to Rome. Our guide, Rosa, was superb. We were especially moved by seeing the Bernini sculptures.
The guide gave us so much information that it made each room in the Borgehse come alive. We truly appreciated her patience and knowledge
Cecilia was amazing!! The tour was perfect. My Girlfriend and I really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to really see the Borghese Gallery to its fullest!! Walks of Italy, you've once again exceeded all expectations!
Cecelia was amazing!! The tour was perfect. My Girlfriend and I really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to really see the Borghese Gallery to its fullest!! Walks of Italy, you've once again exceeded all expectations!
This was the private version of the Borghese tour. My wife, Michele Kopolow wishes to write a special recommendation with praise for Cecilia-the best of 11 guides on this trip! I agree wholeheartedly.
Good and informative presentation, with background and discussion of particularly important pieces. Would recommend
Cecilia was a marvelous guide and provided the perfect balance of viewing time and information sharing. Her knowledge was comprehensive and I was delighted to be part of a group of 9 as compared to the tours with numbers in the dozens. Walks of Italy knows how to do this!
Tours were great. Guides were extremely knowledgable and pleasant. Enjoyed all of the tours.
Great tour guide
This was our second visit to Rome and again, we took advantage of the amazing tours offered by Walking Tours of Italy. We are always thrilled by the quality of the tours and the incredibly well informed guides.
I highly recommend this excellent tour. Our guide was an expert and passionate about providing an outstanding experience. This is the best tour I have been on!
Cecilia was a marvelous guide and provided the perfect balance of viewing time and information sharing. Her knowledge was comprehensive and I was delighted to be part of a group of 9 as compared to the tours with numbers in the dozens. Walks of Italy knows how to do this!
Cecellia was so professional. My husband & I loved her enthusiasm. She had an incredible knowledge of the artists, the Borghese family and of Rome. we would highly recommend this tour.
David and Joseph were great.
Luigi was an excellent tour guide. He was very energetic and genuinely excited about the art he was describing. It was clear he is passionate about this great art.
We were very pleased with the tours.
Excellent. Informative. Fun
A wonderful tour. The Gallery is stunning, and our guide's (Guido) knowledge and passion truly enhanced the visit. Grazie!
Bernini's statues are especially memorable in part because of Joseph's stories & explanations. The tour put the gallery's abundance into an historical context & added detail & closer observation.
Guide was great. Beautiful gallery.
We enjoyed all three tours very much. Professional, knowledgeable guides who were fun and informative. Learned so much more about Rome than we would have on our own. Highly recommend for 1st timers.

Important information

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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Wonderful guide who knew how to navigate through the museum to maximize the allotted time. She spoke not only to the technical aspects of the art, but shared the stories which gave us a peek into the culture and personalities of the artists.
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Our guide was not only knowledgeable, she was passionate about her subject area. She was captivating and engaging. She asked us questions, checking for understanding. A wonderful teacher and guide. We have had many guides, she was the best we have ever had.
Guido is incredible. He is passionate about customer service and about art history. He took such care to ensure that we were well informed and looked after on every step of the tour. He is incredibly knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. You have a fantastic employee in Guido.
Francesca was really amazing!!! Thank you, I learned so much!
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This tour was wonderful, very well organised and a small group of 10 people. The tour guide Francesca has a degree in Art History. She made the tour incredibly interesting and her passion and knowledge about the artists really brought the works of art alive. Francesca gave us enough time to study the paintings and sculptures and did not hurry us along, so we missed nothing. She encouraged the group to ask questions and was very knowledgeable in her answers. Thank you Francesca for an enlightening few hours, I will never forget.
Francesca was excellent at relaying the stories behind the sculptures and the art. And she led me to a great gelato spot!
Felix was amazing. We loved his passion for Bernini and learned so much. Everyone should book tours with you. Give him a raise!!!!
Really enjoyed this tour and in particular the high professionalism of Luciana and her capacity to ensure we share her enthusiasm for Bernini and Caravaggio
Thanks a lot Francesca! You were a great guide 😊
We have done Italy walks tours in Rome and Florence. Your guides are awesome and Francesca is one of your best!
Loved the tour! Guido was perfect!!
Guido was our guide and he was great! He seemed to rush us through at first, but he was a man with a plan! He got us past the initial crowds so we could better enjoy our time in each room without being pushed and crowded. He was very knowledgeable and the gallery and villa was fabulous to see! We have always enjoyed our Walks of Italy (and now, Walks of Paris!) tours and always search for what they have first before I go to other sites.
Great guide and I loved everything anout it
Dario is fantastic, I especially love his passion for all things art and his willingness to pass that into his audience.
Excellent, entertaining tour guide having very broad knowledge. Only issue if of course the crowds which are unavoidable!
Guido is a capable and knowledgeable guide for the art of the Borghese Gallery; we especially appreciated the passion he has for the subject. We loved getting to see the Bernini and Caravaggio works, but it was a nice surprise to get to view the fabulous Roman mosaics, as well.
Valentina was excellent, her passion for history was contagious. Loved The Galleria.
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Words cannot describe this gallery or our pocket rocket guide, Tiberio. His passion and knowledge unlocked the beauty and history and made it an awesome tour.
Fabulous, very informative and an extremely gracious guide. We also took the 7 hour walking tour on 18th July, again fabulous and extremely generous guide. We will recommend Walks of Italy time and time again. Thank you very much.
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Martina was excellent. I work as a museum docent and understand the challenges and goals of the job. Her passion for the art was evident, her way of turning art into storytelling was so compelling, and her ability to choose significant pieces from a large collection was perfect.
Martina was excellent. I work as a museum docent and understand the challenges and goals of the job. Her passion for the art was evident, her way of turning art into storytelling was so compelling, and her ability to choose significant pieces from a large collection was perfect.
First and foremost, the Borghese Gallery is a must-see in Rome. Over the last few weeks my wife and I have been to Venice to take tours of the Doge's palace and st. Mark's basilica, we've been through the uffizi and the palazzo vecchio in Florence, and of course we toured the Vatican museum and St. Peter's Basilica; the Borgheze gallery was by far our favorite. We really enjoyed how many pagan sculptures and paintings there were in the gallery. We found the sculpture of Hades, Persephone, and Cerberus and another of Apollo and Daphne to be much more impressive than pieces we've seen at the Louvre. Our tour guide, Dario, was unbelievably knowledgable about artwork contained within (and outside of!) the gallery. He's very passionate about this particular collection, and you can tell how much pride he takes in explaining the hidden elements and back stories of various works. Not to mention, from what I understand, it's otherwise something of a nightmare to get into this gallery if you don't take a tour. This tour checked all of the boxes and thensome for us.
Dario was so professional and seemed to be able to assess the general level of art literacy of our group very quickly. He obviously has a deep knowledge of the collection and was able to make spontaneous decisions about which pieces we would get the most from. He weaved them into an enthralling narrative that is farily rare on these sorts of tours - and I've been on dozens of them. Booking the tour was seamless - even when i had trouble with thre online process from my hotel in Rome, the customer service person emailed me back immediately and helped out. I wished I had known you do tours in NYC - I will check those out next time I am there and will be doing all of your Rome tours when I am there next. Good old fashioned value for money and customer service is becoming rare these days - and people with a passion for what they do even rarer - so I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending this tour.
Guido was wonderful. He was humorous, spoke very good English, gave lots of interesting information about the artwork and history, as well as other information about the time period.
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Excellent tour. The guide showed us how to view the art in a way we never would have discovered on our own. We've been on four tours in three days, and this was by far our favorite.
Guido's passion for this art gallery is beyond impressive. He knows more details than you would ever expect. He really pulled together the history and politics and art. Amazing!
The Guide (Guido) was incredibly attentive, appearing much knowledge and passion for art
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Cecilia. Her obvious passion for her subject was evident as she explained each sculpture or painting. Cecilia was highly engaging in the way she shared her knowledge of the stories behind each art work. I would be happy to use your company again and recommend it to others.
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Very knowledgeable and we saw the critical works. We had time to review and look at other works. She is a keeper as a tour guide.
I found this tour excellent. The guide was fantastic and had excellent knowledge of every thing he showed us. It was extremely interesting and would not have gained the insights without the information he provided. 10/10 or if I could I'd give him 12/10.
Really enjoyed your & guide. Very interesting & lovely museum.
We loved Georgia! Infused humor with information.
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Guido was an excellent guide who explained the history and beauty of the art work as he expertly wove us through the galleries. We had the last tour of the day and would have loved more time to view the gorgeous artifacts and landscaped grounds.
Martina a fantastic. We had her for two tours and we really enjoyed it. It would have been nice if we could have learned about some of the other pieces there even though the artists were less prolific
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Visiting the Galleria Borghese was always going to be a wonderful experience, but having an excellent guide ensured that this was really a highlight of our visit to Rome. Georgia was engaging, funny and charming - and she shared her vast wealth of knowledge on the history of the building, the Borghese family and artwork with a huge amount of passion and energy (not easy when it's swelteringly hot!) Thanks to Georgia, I left the Galleria Borghese with a new appreciation and love of sculpture and a far greater understanding of Rome's incredible network of art, history and religion. I cannot recommend this tour enough to anyone who is looking for a unique and special experience of Rome - grazie mille!
This was our favorite tour, and Georgia made it quite delightful. Her knowledge of the background and backstories made the tour that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour and Georgia in particular as the guide. Thanks.