Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Admire stunning Renaissance art most miss like Bernini's Rape of Proserpina & Apollo and Daphne

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 24 Reviews · 2.00h · Rome, Italy

Want to indulge your passion for art while in Rome? Then don’t miss the incredible Borghese Gallery and some of the finest Renaissance-era artwork in the world! This private guided tour makes exploring Villa Borghese easy, with skip-the-line tickets and your own personal expert guide to add even more color to the magnificent artwork. In just a couple of hours, see the best of the gallery and hear the stories behind the art as you admire the works of Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, and much more!

  • SKIP THE LINE
  • Discover the Borghese Gallery
  • Works by Renaissance Masters
  • Caravaggio
  • Bernini
  • Raphael, Correggio, Titian, and more!
  • The Rape of Proserpina
  • Apollo and Daphne
  • David with the Head of Goliath
  • Canova's "Paolina Bonaparte"
  • History of the Borghese Gallery
  • Villa Borghese Gardens

Surrounded by the lush gardens and lakes of Villa Borghese in central Rome, the Borghese Gallery has always been one of our favorite places in the city. For art-lovers looking to see some of the finest Renaissance pieces ever created, this private guided tour is a must!

You'll meet your personal expert guide near the gallery entrance, and from there you'll be well taken care of for the next couple of hours. With skip-the-line tickets included so you can make the most of your time inside the gallery, explore works by some of the most famous names in the history of art. Your guide has an expertise in art history as well as storytelling, and will bring life to the Borghese in a way you just wouldn't experience on your own.

Private Borghese Gallery Tour Description

Your 2-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line Borghese Gallery tickets

  • Private guided tour, tailored to you

  • See works by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, and more!

  • Engaging English-speaking guide with expertise in art history

Villa Borghese and Galeria Borghese

Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, this beautiful public space is worth a visit even if you're not an art lover. Formerly a vineyard, it was converted into gardens during the 15th century and was once used a a place of leisure by its owner, Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Within the park you'll find the former Borghese family mansion, the Borghese Gallery, and a number of other museums and monuments, as well as Pincian Hill where you'll get one of the finest views in Rome!

Your guide will be waiting to meet you near to the Borghese Gallery entrance, where you'll skip-the-line the begin exploring the world-renowned art collection held within its walls.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini has many sculptures in this museum, four of which your guide will explain in depth since they have become the focal points of the Galleria Borghese artwork collection. Bernini's attention to detail will leave you speechless—creating the appearance of sweat down the back of Pluto and see-through cloth worn by Apollo. All of which was done using marble, a hammer and a variety of chisels! Genius! Your guide will explain some the techniques Bernini used, as well as stories about the man himself.

Caravaggio

Another major figure of the Renaissance era was Caravaggio, and his works play a starring role in the Borghese Gallery. You'll visit a room dedicated almost entirely to Caravaggio's masterpieces. See and hear about his progression as a young artist into a true master of the trade, and learn about his "chiaroscuro" art style and his fascinating life—his dark past and eventual death make for a fascinating story. You’ll even learn lesser known stories like how one of his paintings foreshadowed his demise!

Inside the Borghese Gallery you'll find Caracaggio's Sick Bacchus, David With The Head Of Goliath, Palafrenieri, and many more.

Raphael, Correggio, Titian, and more!

Beyond the works of Bernini and Caravaggio, the Borghese Gallery houses pieces by some of the most celebrated artists of the Renaissance. Your guide will lead you to pieces by famed artists like Raphael, Correggio, and Titian, amongst many others. The Borghese Gallery is truly one of the best pound for pound collections of art in Italy, including Paolina Bonaparte by Canova and Diana And Her Nymphs by Domenichino.

Join us on this Private Borghese Gallery Guided Tour for storytelling at it’s finest, and be prepared to go on a special journey through the lives of these brilliant artists and their artworks!

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line Borghese Gallery tickets
Private guided tour, tailored to you
See works by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, and more!
Engaging English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
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30 September 2023
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David Brouwer

We were fortunate to have a private tour with Eva. She was informative and knowledgeable, detailing the history and significance of the Borghese and the collection.

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Heather Phillips

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a passion for art! Bags and cameras aren't allowed in the museum, but a baggage check is available.

Does the tour go inside without waiting in any lines?

Yes! Your guide will help you skip the line and start exploring straight away.

I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?

If you have any doubts about your mobility then a private tour is your best bet. Private Vatican tours are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced mobility.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a passion for art! Bags and cameras aren't allowed in the museum, but a baggage check is available.

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