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Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael provided by Walks of Italy

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Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Maximize your time at Rome’s Villa Borghese and explore the art collection with a prebooked ticket and guide. Saving you time waiting in admission lines, the tour takes you straight to the gallery highlights. Hear the stories behind works like Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist, and learn about the gallery’s frescoed interiors as you explore. Numbers are capped at 15 for a small-group museum experience.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Borghese Gallery and Museum
    Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
    Directly in front of the Galleria Borghese's double staircase, in the little piazza.The easiest way to reach this is by taxi, but it is also walkable from the top of the Spanish Steps, taking the Metro stop "Spagna," ascending the staircase, taking a left, then following the signs through the park towards the Galleria. This is about a 20 minute walk.
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    Galleria Borghese
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Imagine a palace that was specifically built to house amazing works of art. Its twenty rooms are treasure troves of visual splendor: every wall holds a masterpiece, every pedestal supports exquisitely carved marble, and even the ceilings sing with divine frescoes. Well, you don’t have to imagine it because this is a description of the Galleria Borghese, Rome’s most exclusive and intimate art museum. Built in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to house his magnificent art collection, it was once only open to royals and visiting dignitaries. Today, it lets in groups at two-hour intervals (with pre-reserved tickets) to ensure that its 20 rooms of masterpieces are never overcrowded.
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  • You'll end at
    Borghese Gallery and Museum
    Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
    Directly in front of the Galleria Borghese's double staircase, in the little piazza.The easiest way to reach this is by taxi, but it is also walkable from the top of the Spanish Steps, taking the Metro stop "Spagna," ascending the staircase, taking a left, then following the signs through the park towards the Galleria. This is about a 20 minute walk.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Find the highlights straight away with the help of a Villa Borghese guide
  • Wander amid the masterpieces in an intimately sized group of just 15 people
  • Learn about the gallery founder and architecture of Villa Borghese itself
  • See famous works of art in the place they have been viewed for centuries
What to Expect
Meet your guide inside Villa Borghese and head straight into the museum space with your prebooked skip-the-line ticket. As you walk, learn about the architecture and elegant interiors of the building, which was once only open to a privileged few. The art collection was only viewed by royals and nobility, but today the museum is open to all. Discover Villa Borghese’s showpiece works, including Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist and Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina. Hear the stories behind each masterpiece from your guide, and learn about Scipione Borghese, the eccentric cardinal who amassed the collection of artwork. After viewing the main highlights of the museum, your tour ends back at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Borghese Gallery and Museum, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Pre-reserved, all-inclusive Borghese Gallery Tickets
  • Expert, English-Speaking guide
  • Small groups of 10 people or Fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that the second floor of the Borghese Gallery is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • The Borghese museum does not allow any bags, purses into the galleries. All such items must be checked before entering the museum, which your guide will help you with upon arrival.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Irene C wrote a review Sep 2019
Duluth, Minnesota7 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a wonderful experience of the Borghese Gallery. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She kindled my mother’s appreciation of art as well increased the depth of my appreciation.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Hello Irene C, Thank you for your kind words concerning our tour guide, we are genuinely thrilled that you and your mother both had such an enjoyable experience on our Borghese Gallery tour. We hope to see you both again soon on your next trip, we have many other art history and gallery tours that may interest you in the future! All the best, The Walks Team
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Annelea B wrote a review Aug 2019
5 contributions3 helpful votes
The guided tour was really great and our guide was very knowledgeable with lots of detail and stories. Through her detailed stories I fell in love with Caravaggio.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ciw12 wrote a review Aug 2019
Houston, Texas47 contributions10 helpful votes
We highly recommend the small-group tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about art. We learned so much about the artists and their unique techniques. The sculptures were breathtaking.
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berkeleybill wrote a review Aug 2019
Novato, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to see the Borghese Gallery and learn about it you absolutely must take the Small-Group tour. It was well paced and extremely informative. We had a terrific time. Oh, btw, it's an amazing gallery. This is a must.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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LoveTravel812513 wrote a review Jul 2019
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Frederica was incredibly knowledgeable and a wonderful guide! This tour was amazing, the depth and knowledge of the guide and the insight into the history, artists, sculptors and the life in ancient times was so helpful. Highly recommend this tour to everyone!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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