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Galleria Borghese

The former home of the great Cardinal Borghese, displaying his magnificent collection of priceless artworks.

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A Cardinal collection

Galleria Borghese is a highlight among Rome’s many fantastic art galleries. Sat in extensive and beautiful gardens, the gallery building was the former Villa Borghese and the rooms are so beautifully decorated that they are quite a sight in themselves.

The Villa’s owner was Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633), a nephew to Pope Paul V, who used it mainly for leisure and entertainment. The building remained a private villa, undergoing various repairs and modifications, until it was made a national museum for the public in the late 18th century. The Galleria is full of exquisite ancient and 17th century art displayed as it would have been in the Villa’s heyday, and is further adorned with wonderful frescoes.

The best of Bernini

The Cardinal was an early patron of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest sculptor of his age, whose hand can be seen in St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza Navona. The Galleria houses some of Bernini’s most masterful Baroque sculpture including his David and Apollo and Daphne, in addition to a handsome early self-portrait. It is also the home of stunning paintings by Caravaggio, such as his Boy with a Basket of Fruit, and works by Raphael, including the Entombment of Christ and Girl with a Unicorn, as well as pieces by Titian, Rubens and other eminent masters.

The gardens around the gallery are now a public park, and are great for relaxing or for letting the kids run around and play after enjoying the collection. Admissions are limited in two-hour slots, which means you must book in advance, but this makes for a less crowded visit than some of the city’s busier museums.

Nearby Attractions

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Trevi Fountain
A beautiful Baroque fountain, built at the end of an ancient Roman aqueduct.
Spanish Steps
Once you climb Europe’s longest outdoor stairs, enjoy a beautiful vista of Rome with St Peter's Basilica in the distance.
National Museum of Rome
The Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi and Baths of Diocletian - plenty to see here.
Piazza del Popolo
The Piazza del Popolo is one of Rome's most beautiful squares, with an important and long-standing history.
Villa Borghese Gardens
A vast and lovely scenic public park, adjoining the Borghese gallery.
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo
One of Rome's most interesting churches, displaying work by its most famous artists.

Related Tours

The Borghese Gallery: Bernini, Caravaggio and Titian (Group Tour)
  Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and its Gardens  during a relaxing and entertaining small semi-private group tour. 

  • See the stunning statues carved by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, creator of the Baroque style of sculpture.
  • Explore the 20 rooms containing artwork that date back to the 1st-3rd centuries AD, the Renaissance and Baroque era. 
  • Admire Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina – a highlight of the Galleria Borghese.

See some of the most breathtaking paintings and sculptures in the Galleria Borghese. Your guide will introduce you to the wonderful statues carved by the famous sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini – in addition to some of Caravaggio’s brilliant paintings. 

You will hear about the lives of these great artists and your guide will lead you through the 20 rooms. Although everyone tends to have his or her own favourite pieces, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina is a real highlight. Your guide will take you through the story of this sculpture and have you take note of the amazing technical skill of this sculptor. 

We built this tour because 
to appreciate the Galleria Borghese, often a comprehensive level of Renaissance knowledge is needed, and your guide will be sure you have all the information you need to savour the experience. 
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