Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio In S.ta Maria In Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    Borghese Gallery and Museum, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The Borghese Gallery has the most impressive collection of art in Rome.

The greatest masters: Bernini, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio are here. With the help of your guide you will understandthe secrets of Berninis sculpture, who worked marble to the point of transparency; understand the symbolism of Titians art; the amazing novelty of Raphaels compositionsandthe tragic events of Caravaggios life reflected in his works. An art historian knowledgable with the villas history and art content which dates back to 16C. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, will explain its greatness. Admire several statues by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, including Apollo and Daphne, David and Proserpine, a Canova sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael before leaving the gallery to walk down to Piazza del Popolo. Head inside Santa Maria del Popolo to see 2 of Caravaggios famous works, the Crucifixion of St Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus. Enjoy this amazing tour.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by an art historian
  • All entrance fees included

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Your private walking tour starts at the Galleria borghese, the beautiful palace where Cardinal Scipione Borghese lived with his famous art collection in the heart of Rome's most beautiful park, the Borghese Gardens. You will see Bernini's famous statues of Apollo and Daphne, David, the Rape of Proserpine and Canova's reclining nude of Paulina Borghese. Among the collection are many paintings by Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.

After touring the gallery, you'll take a walk through the gardens to reach Piazza del popolo. Here you'll tour the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, with two of Caravaggio's most famous compositions. You'll be able to compare the order and harmony of Raphael's Renaissance Chigi Chapel with the emotional and sensual strength of Caravaggio's Baroque artworks.

This in-depth private tour of Rome's Baroque art and architecture is hosted by a professional guide specializing in art history. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.

Inclusions

Professional art historian guide

Private tour

Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

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

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

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  • 28-Jul-2022

    My husband and I were in Rome about 8 years ago and got a private guide to explore the Borghese Gallery. It was a great decision. We had really meaningful tour and fell in love with the Bernini sculpture at the gallery. We had the opportunity to return to Rome again and the first item on our list was signing up for a private guide to take us back thru the Borghese Gallery. Again, it was a great decision. Luca Farris, an art historian, met us in front of the museum. He arrived early as did we so we started our tour upon arrival. He was incredibly knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and loved Bernini as much as we did. After the visiting the gallery, the 3 of us strolled through the park to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo to look at the interior of the chuch which housed some Caravaggio paintings. After we explored the chuch, Luca pointed out a good cafe near the Via Corso where we could sit and people watch. It was a great tour; we would highly recommend this experience.

  • 26-May-2019

    A l’entrée du parc, se dresse la majestueuse Villa Borghèse. On doit absolument réserver par internet pour visiter le musée, l’entrée de faisant au sous-sol. L’audioguide est très bien fait, et indispensable pour comprendre certains tableaux et les sculptures. Au deuxième étage de trouvent les tableaux des grands Maîtres de la Renaissance, tels que Raphaël, Caravage, Le Titien. Les salles de la Villa Borghèse dont des merveilles architecturales et artistiques, avec des peintures murales et des plafonds dans lesquels sont inclus des tableaux. Au premier étage, on peut admirer les statues du Bernin et de Canova. L’audioguide nous apprend la signification des œuvres. La première représente Proserpine, fille de Cérès, déesse de l’agriculture, enlevée par Pluton, dieu des ténèbres, gardées par Cerbère, le chien à trois têtes. Puis David, représenté en mouvement de lancer de pierre avec sa fronde contre Goliath. Puis Enea, fils de Priam de Troyes, fuyant les Grecs, portant son père Anchise sur l’épaule gauche, suivi de son fils, mais n’ayant pû sauver sa femme. Enea sera l’ancêtre de Romus et Romulus qui fondèrent Rome. Puis Le Bernin a sculpté Apollon attrapant la nymphe Daphné fille du dieu fleuve Pénée. Celle-ci en appela à son père qui l’a métamorphose en Laurier pour échapper à Apollon. La sculpture de Canova représente Pauline Borghèse Bonaparte en Venus, étendue sur un sofa, tenant une pomme dans sa main gauche ( c’est la pomme d’or revenant à la plus belle déesse). On peut admirer le drapé des tissus, le travail du marbre de cette époque n’a jamais été égalé depuis. C’est ma deuxième visite en 10 ans, et mon émerveillement s’est renouvelé, intact.

  • 29-Oct-2018

    Our guide Laura (Carbonara) was an absolutely wonderful guide and for us worth the cost. She has worked at the Borghese Villa and is very familiar with the process and staff as well as all the artwork. She studied art history and was able to help us understand not only the history of the pieces but the history of the Borghese family and their place in Italian history. She spoke fluent English and quickly picked up on what our individual interests were which helped us focus within our limited time. (The 2-hour window in the Borghese is absolute - they clear the museum when your time slot ends). We had a small-mix up about the inclusion of Santa Maria De Poppolo in our tour and Laura went over the top to get that straightened out. My only suggestion would be that it would be better to have guests meet the guide at 8:45. We met Laura at 9:00 and people had already been going in to check bags before that. Felt like we missed a few opening minutes of our allotted time. (One general comment - since the Borghese limits each time slot to 360 people and crowds are manageable, if you are not truly interested in sculpture/art/Italian history you might not need to splurge on a private tour here.) Thank you for your service, it was just what we needed.

  • 29-Oct-2018

    Our guide Laura (Carbonara) was an absolutely wonderful guide and for us worth the cost. She has worked at the Borghese Villa and is very familiar with the process and staff as well as all the artwork. She studied art history and was able to help us understand not only the history of the pieces but the history of the Borghese family and their place in Italian history. She spoke fluent English and quickly picked up on what our individual interests were which helped us focus within our limited time. (The 2-hour window in the Borghese is absolute - they clear the museum when your time slot ends). We had a small-mix up about the inclusion of Santa Maria De Poppolo in our tour and Laura went over the top to get that straightened out. My only suggestion would be that it would be better to have guests meet the guide at 8:45. We met Laura at 9:00 and people had already been going in to check bags before that. Felt like we missed a few opening minutes of our allotted time. (One general comment - since the Borghese limits each time slot to 360 people and crowds are manageable, if you are not truly interested in sculpture/art/Italian history you might not need to splurge on a private tour here.) Thank you for your service, it was just what we needed.

  • 16-May-2018

    Wonderful tour with our guide, Maria Ludovica. Ludo combined interesting historical stories with the beautiful works of art to enhance our visit. We learned so much and had great fun! Would highly recommend! Ludo had great communications before the start of the tour important since the Borghese Gallery is strict about entrance and exit times.

  • 16-May-2018

    Wonderful tour with our guide, Maria Ludovica. Ludo combined interesting historical stories with the beautiful works of art to enhance our visit. We learned so much and had great fun! Would highly recommend! Ludo had great communications before the start of the tour important since the Borghese Gallery is strict about entrance and exit times.

  • 21-Apr-2018

    What a marvelous morning in this wonderful museum. Maria had an advanced degree in Art History and spoke excellent English. She guided us through this amazing museum, pointing out the most important works and noting the features that made them special. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in art.

  • 21-Apr-2018

    What a marvelous morning in this wonderful museum. Maria had an advanced degree in Art History and spoke excellent English. She guided us through this amazing museum, pointing out the most important works and noting the features that made them special. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in art.

  • 08-Jan-2018

    Excellent tour! Our guide was Gianluca Farris and he was outstanding! Not only did he know everything related to the Gallery and its history, but he also gave us tips and recommendations for restaurants and other places when our tour was over. He even bough us a cappuccino!
    The Borghese Gallery is a must, you can't miss it. And it's absolutely worth it to make it a private tour. You will learn and enjoy your visit so much more!

  • 08-Jan-2018

    Excellent tour! Our guide was Gianluca Farris and he was outstanding! Not only did he know everything related to the Gallery and its history, but he also gave us tips and recommendations for restaurants and other places when our tour was over. He even bough us a cappuccino!
    The Borghese Gallery is a must, you can't miss it. And it's absolutely worth it to make it a private tour. You will learn and enjoy your visit so much more!

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