Galleria Borghese, Rome
The Galleria Borghese and Gardens
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Under the sign that reads “Piazzale di Museo Borghese,” located on the north side (left as you face the building) of the square in front of the Galleria. The guide will be waiting there and will facilitate the purchasing of tickets and entering the gallery.
Starting time: TBA - You will receive an email when you book.
Time: 3 hours
None. This tour includes all entrance fees.
If you have special requirements, please contact us as early as possible to see if we can accommodate your needs. Email us or call +39 06 3972 3051
Terms & Conditions
Tour bookings are on a first come, first served basis, unless you have made an early reservation and have our confirmation email. All ticket sales are final. To cancel or change your booking, please contact us as early as possible. We will do our best to assist you. Read our Cancellation & Amendment Policy here.
Time: 3 hours
A three hour in-depth survey of the Borghese Gallery, its history, collection of artworks, villa’s architecture and the encompassing gardens.
We take a comprehensive look at of the masterpieces of the Galleria Borghese in their socio-artistic and museum contexts. Much more than an art-history seminar, this tour unravels the social, political and artistic levels of meaning reflected in one of the most impressive private art collections in the world.
Special attention is given to the cultural policy at the papal court under the powerful Borghese family and the diplomatic relations of Scipione Cardinal Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, and the cardinal’s infallible instinct for recognizing artistic genius and unscrupulous ambitions to acquire the most prized artworks.
After a general introduction and history of the sculpture and painting collections, the first part of the tour explores the lower level galleries and the exquisite collection of ancient statuary and bas-reliefs. Special attention is paid to the works of Bernini and Canova and a visit to the room of Caravaggio’s paintings. We then proceed to the picture galleries on the upper level for the second part of the tour to view the outstanding talents of, to name only a few, Raphael, Perugino, Domenichino, Reni, Rubens and Titian. We will also see how the influence and purpose of Scipione and his “antique-style suburban villa” extended far beyond the high quality of his collection of ancient, Renaissance and contemporary artworks to re-evoke a new golden age, a style that was new yet ancient, serene and tangibly close to the observer.
We then end with an overview of the architecture of the villa, the gardens and grounds concluding that, undoubtedly, at this junction of history the Borghese Cardinal launched a style that would mark a paradigm shift in the history of Western culture -- the Roman Baroque.
Reservations must be made in advance and include one ticket for the guide (we will do that upon request).