Borghese Gallery Tour: A Guided Crash Course with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Discover Masterpieces of 17th Century Rome, hosted by an Art Historian
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
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Borghese Gallery
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  • Explore masterpieces by Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Bernini
  • Enjoy easy access with advance ticket reservations and a private expert in art history
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Tour Description
A triumph of gold, marble, and ostentation, during a period of enormous wealth, intrigue, and politics. This is the essence of the Roman Baroque, and this is what you will find within the walls of the Borghese Gallery.

Once the private art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most controversial individuals in 17th-century Rome, the Borghese Gallery is today one of the most stunning art galleries in the world, housing some of the greatest works of art ever created.

Led by an expert in art history, this in-depth tour of the gallery features a significant portion of Cardinal Borghese's exceptional art selection. Discover masterpieces by Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Bernini, learn about the complex relationships between art, politics, and society at the time, and gain insight into Papal power and the politics of aristocratic Rome during the Baroque era.

With each step, the Borghese Gallery unveils layers of history, culture, and artistic genius just waiting to be discovered. Let yourself be captured by the dramatic work of Bernini, one of the most important artists of this era, and immerse yourself in the tension and movement of Apollo and Daphne, the dynamism and concentration of David, the exquisite detail, and emotional intensity of Proserpina's Abduction.

  • You want more than simply the idea behind great works of art. You'd like to gain a better grasp of the complexities and the society that created these masterpieces.  
  • You've been to Rome before and you have overlooked or missed the Borghese Gallery. This time, you want to get a better understanding from an expert who can help you make the most of your visit. 
  • You want easy access to one of Rome's most demanded museums. You prefer the convenience of a private tour that takes you straight to the security gates.

  • Borghese Gallery


Our visit to the Borghese Gallery includes advance entry tickets, allowing you to skip the general ticket office line. Although you can skip the main ticket line, there may still be a brief wait for security screening or ticket scanning. Please be aware that the museum enforces a strict limit on the number of visitors allowed at any given time, resulting in highly limited ticket availability. Consequently, some changes and reschedules may occur, and we appreciate your patience in these instances.

Please Note: From March 29th, 2024, to July 14th, 2024, the Borghese Gallery's second floor will be closed for renovation. Your expert will adapt the itinerary accordingly to include additional stops that further enrich your Borghese tour experience. Some paintings unavailable for viewing will be exhibited at Palazzo Barberini. Entrance to this exhibition will be discounted for Borghese Gallery ticket holders at €5.00. You can explore the exhibition independently using your Borghese Gallery ticket. 

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

  • For more information and inspiration while planning your travels to Rome, take a look at our other Context experiences.
  • If you are looking to learn more about Rome prior to your visit, check out our online lectures at Context Learning.

Can I take photos inside?
Yes, photography is allowed during the tour, but please make sure to turn off the flash to protect the art works.

Why isn’t this tour offered on Mondays?
The Borghese Gallery is closed on Mondays so we are unable to offer tours.
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
Yes, the Borghese Gallery is accessible to people with mobility issues. Wheelchair users can access a dedicated entrance, and wheelchairs are also available for rent on-site. Due to the cramped spaces, guests may occasionally be asked to temporarily swap their wheelchairs for the museum's smaller, easier-to-maneuver wheelchairs.
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A wonderfully insightful and fun tour full of stories and myths. Stella demonstrated a deep knowledge of art history and was able to make the tour interesting for adults and teens alike.
Context really delivered the goods today, taking us on a deep dive into the history of the Villa Borghese through the expert lens of an Italian art historian. Imagine having a private guide to tour you through a private art collection including Bernini sculptures and Caravaggio paintings. That’s what we had today, courtesy of CT and our guide Sandro. Fantastic on its own merits, and far better than we expected.
Guido was a great guide for our tour. It was challenging for him in that the upper floor of the gallery is closed. As such, we were able to take some extra time to dive into the works on the first floor. I'm sure that he was scrambling a bit to fill the time. The works in the gallery (Bernini's works were our primary objective) are just remarkable. They move the soul.