Private Borghese Gallery Tour With Hotel Pick-up And Drop-off - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    2:15 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up included only for centrally located hotels (within Aurelian Walls).
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Your personal and professional guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to the
Borghese Gallery. During this 3 hours experience you
willadmire Scipione Borghese Collection of works by
Bernini and many other great artists.The Borghese Gallery, often referred to as the "delight of Rome", boasts one of the most impressive collections of art ever put together, while
Borghese Gardens is widely considered the most beautiful park in Rome.

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Stop At: Villa borghese, Rome, Lazio

Villa borghese is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums (see Galleria borghese) and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome (80 hectares or 197.7 acres) after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. The gardens were developed for the Villa borghese Pinciana ("Borghese villa on the Pincian Hill"), built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection. The gardens as they are now were remade in the early nineteenth century.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Galleria borghese, Rome, Lazio

The Galleria borghese (English: Borghese Gallery) is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, housed in the former Villa borghese Pinciana. At the outset, the gallery building was integrated with its gardens, but nowadays the Villa borghese gardens are considered a separate tourist attraction. The Galleria borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 16051621). The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese himself, who used it as a villa suburbana, a country villa at the edge of Rome.
Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio, who is well represented in the collection by his Boy with a Basket of Fruit, St Jerome Writing, Sick Bacchus and others. Other paintings of note include Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Eyes of Rome, Rome, Lazio

Pick up from Hotel (if centrally located - within the Aurelian Walls)


Private Walking Tour

Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off with Sanitized Vehicle (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)

Admission Fees

Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

Please be aware that, for security reasons, guests are required to leave bags/backpacks/purses at the check-room

Personal belongings are allowed in plastic bags provided by the Museum's administration at the entrance

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

From December, a so-called Super Green Pass, a certificate valid only for people who have been fully vaccinated against or who have recovered from Covid, is required to enter archeological sites, museums, bar, cafes, restaurants and other indoor places. This also applies to those aged 12 and above.

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  • 05-Nov-2022

    We met Azzurra, our fabulous guide, in front of the Borghese Gallery about 15 minutes early for the appointment. Azzurra took us on a short walk through the grounds and provided excellent backgound on the museum and the family that owned the palace. Then we embarked on an incredibly informative tour of the museum with outstanding commentary by Azzurra. Both my husband and I are ardent museum lovers and although we knew something about this period of art, Azzurra's deep knowledge and understanding of the works displayed in the Borghese was amazing. We learned so much and realized how much her commentary provided both the depth and understanding of what we observed in this fabulous museum. We heartily recommend the Eyes of Rome and, in particular, Azzurra, if you want an unforgettable tour of the Borghese!

  • 12-Aug-2022

    Our recent tour of the Borghese Gallery and grounds was the perfect way to complete our Rome stay. Rosie was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the art and the artists. She made sure that we saw a variety of the most important art in the gallery. She also walked with us back to the hotel showing us interesting places along the way. We definitely recommend this tour!

  • 01-Apr-2022

    Ho partecipato con amici americani alla visita guidata della Galleria Borghese e abbiamo avuto Azzurra come nostra guida. È una ragazza preparatissima, parla un ottimo inglese e ci ha regalato un’esperienza meravigliosa. Consigliatissima! Bravi, continuate così.

  • 27-Dec-2021

    We booked the “Private Borghese Gallery Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off” from Eyes of Rome on October 21, before the Omicron variant placed our present trip to Rome very much up in the air. Happily we were able to make it to Rome and to experience this wonderful, personalized tour of what I think is the greatest collection of treasures in Rome on December 26. We were picked up on-time at our hotel by the tour’s driver who was well-informed and effective with regard to the current COVID protocols, helping us to ensure we had the appropriate type of mask required and our physical vaccination proof (we had assumed digital versions would suffice, but this is not currently the case in Rome or at least not for the Villa Borghese). Another tour operator probably wouldn’t have checked for these items and we would have missed the entire experience. We were dropped off at the Villa Borghese and met immediately by our personal guide, Silvia, who greeted us warmly and immediately started setting the context of what we were about to see with the history of the Aurelian wall, Roman life in the 1600s, and the concept of the “villa suburbana,” all of which is quite necessary for a full appreciation of the wonder that is the Galleria Borghese. She explained to us the relation of the Galleria’s founder Cardinal Scipione Borghese and his position as the Cardinal Nephew to Pope Paul V, which gave him political power over the Papal States. Silvia told us of the original plan of the gardens and the vivarium, which housed species from all over the world- plants and birds respectively, which was foundational to understanding the art collection to come. For context, I have twice visited the Galleria Borghese in 1996 and 2010, but it was my husband’s first visit to the Galleria and, in fact, to Rome. Our tour impressed, entertained, and satiated the curiosity of both of us equally– not an easy feat, for sure. We appreciated that Silvia structured the tour as much as possible as the Galleria was meant to be experienced (unwinding, if philosophically, the changes to the sequence of rooms necessitated by current COVID protocols). Silvia was knowledgeable, personable, funny, and very well-versed in the history of the Borghese family, the Papacy as related to it, and the artists (Bernini, Carvaggio, etc.) and their works featured in the museum. Among the highlights for us: *A very informative but also witty and humorous study comparing the depiction (and by extrapolation the characterization) of Venus painted with Cupid by two artists– Cranachi (il vecchio) and Brescianino, an eye-opening discussion about the differing regional attitudes toward women at the time *Revealing the technique but also the humanity of Caravaggio with a thorough education on the ‘Madonna dei Palafrenieri.’ Some of why the painting would have been a shocking portrayal of Mary, Jesus, and St. Anne may be obvious, but understanding all the details– Mary’s plainly visible underskirt– contemporary of the artist’s time, the wrinkled, withered portrayal of St. Anne (the Vatican chapel bearing her name being the intended destination for this work, where it was ultimately rejected), and the still-astounding use of light in darkness was extremely interesting and enriching to our experience *A 360-degree analysis of Bernini’s Baroque masterpiece Apollo and Daphne (starting with Silvia ensuring we averted our eyes to view the sculpture first from the right-hand side, as intended by the artist himself prior to the statue being moved) gave us a complete understanding of this work. Viewing the sculpture– which I had seen before but never from the vantage point encouraged by our guide– this way gives the complete story of Daphne’s encapsulation into the tree depicted here and Apollo’s (non-)reaction. When the delicately carved, paper-thin tree bark was pointed out to us, you could almost feel the heartbeat that Apollo would have felt as his hand grasped it. I appreciated the details of the windswept hair turning into leaves, which also stemmed from her hands, and the roots emanating from her foot, details I had not really fully appreciated before. I would highly recommend Eyes of Rome and specifically our guide Silvia. I cannot enumerate with words how much more I appreciated the Galleria Borghese with her expert and naturally flowing guidance and historical context. We had a fantastic time that we will not soon forget.

  • 13-Nov-2021

    Our guide was fabulous!!! Her excitement and understanding of the art was infectious. I learned a lot!!

  • 28-Jan-2020

    One of the best tours for seeing art and seeing how this family lived. Awesome day with a wonderful guide who knows so very much about art and then the history of this beautiful exhibition. If ever I return will get in touch with Eyes of Rome for more tours.. They made our trip one to remember. Thank you

  • 27-Nov-2019

    Barbara de Rosa was our guide for the afternoon,her knowledge and passion for her subject was inspiring and she made our visit better than we could have imagined. She made us feel very welcome in Rome and I would highly recommend that you use this company if you want to get the most from your time. When in Rome ask a Roman to show you around. Thanks for a great day. Jan Scott

  • 14-Nov-2019

    My fiancee and I asked our hotel (Hotel Kolbe) to organise a private tour of the Borghese Gallery. Our tour guide (Alessandro Cali) was a joy to spend three hours with and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Gallery, the gardens and for Rome really shone through. The Gallery is just as wonderful as everybody says but having Alessandro as our guide really improved our experience as he was great at pointing out details you might miss of the famous pieces (Caravaggio, Bernini etc) and identifying pieces which might otherwise have passed us by. With two hours in the Gallery and the rooms full of amazing artefacts, we'd recommend these tours to anyone.

  • 16-Oct-2019

    Another splendid tour provided by Eyes of Rome. My husband and I highly recommend our lecturer/guide Simone. His prompt and congenial welcome and deep knowledge of his subject made our limited time in the Borghese Gallery both entertaining and educational. It was 2 1/2 hours very well spent. We have used this company in the past and I cannot recommend them enough. While the ease of booking and excellent communication is a point in favor for Eyes of Rome, their greatest assets are the tour guides who work for them. In the end, they are the face of Rome for a visitor. Thank you, Simone, for putting such a handsome and memorable face on the Eternal City.

  • 22-Apr-2019

    Paola led four of us on a tour of the museum and surrounding area but so much more than that. Her deep knowledge of art history expanded the tour far beyond the walls of the museum and left us with more content and history for all the other events of our trip. Energetic with a sparkling personality we highly recommend this tour, or any tour with Paola.

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