Borghese Gallery and Gardens: Private Half-Day Walking TourPrivate Tour

Admire the beauty of the Borghese Gallery and the Villa Borghese Gardens, and discover the work of some of the greatest painters and sculptors in the world on this private half-day walking tour.
This experience is on request only. Please contact us for pricing.

Things to know


3 hrs

Suitable for:

Couples, Culture Vulture, Family Friendly, Friends

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Walking tour: no transportation is included


- English-Speaking Guide 
- Borghese Gallery Tickets

Other inclusions:

- Gratuities optional
- Food and drinks are not included
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you in front of the Borghese Gallery and Museum ticket office (outside the main building at the bottom of the stairs), Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

What makes this tour special

Embark on a private half-day walking tour of the Borghese Gallery,  a gem of Baroque art including masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael, and explore the Villa Borghese Gardens, one of the most popular attractions in Rome with a fascinating history.

On your private half-day tour you will: 

Formerly the private villa of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew to Pope Paul V, who commissioned it in 1609, the Galleria Borghese remained the private property of the Borghese family until the Italian state purchased it at the beginning of the twentieth century in 1902, insisting that it should be open to the public.

Cardinal Scipione (1577-1633) was a great patron of the arts. A magpie-like collector of all that glittered, he also had a keen eye for up-and-coming talent. He spotted the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) in his father, Pietro Bernini’s workshop, and commissioned his first marble sculptures – now world famed for their exceptional quality: Aeneus Escaping Troy – or the Three Stages of Man, the mesmerising Rape of Persephone, the astonishing Apollo and Daphne, and Bernini's very different version of the young David taking on Goliath. These statues, sculpted when Bernini was in his early twenties, launched him into the stratosphere of fame, and he became to the Baroque what Michelangelo had been to the Renaissance.

Scipione commissioned the architect Flamino Ponzio to design a grand villa in 1609. It was to be a party villa for visiting diplomats, and filled like Aladdin’s Cave, with treasures from Antiquity (you’ll see amazing 3rd-century mosaics of Gladiatorial combat on the floor in the grand entrance, and colossal 2nd-century busts of goddesses and Roman emperors as you enter) as well as the best art and sculpture of the day. 

Successive Borghese family members have only added to the lavishness over the centuries – not least Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Paulina Borghese, who is sculpted as the alluring Venus Victrix by Canova. The villa is covered in floor-to-ceiling frescoes, and all twenty rooms are filled with priceless antiquities and world-famous art by some of the greatest maestros of all time - BerniniTitianRaphaelDomenichinoPeruginoCorreggio... and not to mention an entire room dedicated to Caravaggio

Your guide will regale you with the political stories behind the art, the coded messages, the lives and secrets of the artists and the conquests and scandals of the Borghese family too.

After the tour of the gallery, a strictly timed two-hour visit, you will have a short break to refresh or browse the gift shop, before setting off to explore the sumptuous gardens and park, dotted with umbrella pine treespicturesque fountains and statues of famous literarypolitical and artistic figures through the ages. 

Your guide will lead you to the Pincio Terrace, next to the Villa Medici (a great spot for a refreshing aperitif cocktail or coffee) and where the tour ends overlooking the beautiful Piazza del Popolo, with a panoramic view over the Eternal City. 

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