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Borghese Gallery, Rome Overview

Located at Piazzale Scipione Borghese in Rome, Borghese Gallery, also referred to as the Galleria Borghese, is one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world situated in the Borghese Gardens on Pincian Hill. It houses the Borghese collection of antiquities, paintings and sculptures dedicated to the Renaissance art and ancient and contemporary style. The museum attains distinction and can leave visitors in awe with its frescoes and mosaics which adorn the ceiling and the walls and have been taken well care of over the years.

The triple story Borghese Gallery and Museum houses paintings made by famous artists like Tiziano, Caravaggio, Rubens, Bernini, Botticelli, Canova and Raphael. The Venus Victoriana of 1805, also referred to as Paulina Bonaparte, is one of the most renowned pieces of the museum - also comsidered as the symbol of Borghese Gallery. Other famous paintings in the museum are Entombment of Christ by Raphael, Sacred and Profane Love by Titian and Apollo and Daphne by Bernini. The Borghese Gallery is close-packed and quite accessible for the visitors to take a comfortable stroll around it with the guides or on their own.

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Borghese Gallery Tickets

There is a mandatory booking charge of EUR 2 applicable on all types of tickets. 
Single Ticket: EUR 18 + EUR 2 mandatory booking charge
Guided tour: EUR 24.50 + EUR 2 mandatory booking charge

Reduced cost for European Union Citizens aged 18 to 25 years
Ticket price: EUR 7 + EUR 2 mandatory booking charge 
Guided tour: EUR 13.50 + EUR 2 mandatory booking charge 

The entry is free for disabled people from the European Union, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway along with one of their companions.The entry for tourist guides of European Union practising their profession is also free. 
Free entry ticket guided tour: EUR 6.50 without booking cost
Free entry ticket guided tour: EUR 6.50 + EUR 2 with booking costs 

The entry fee is EUR 2 mandatory booking charge (free with reservation costs) for citizens of European Union, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway and people less than 18 year old,  Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Education, MiBAC employees, students and professors of Literature (archaeological or historical-artistic address), Architecture, Fine Arts Academies, journalists with an order card, school teaching staff, tenured or on a temporary contract, ICOM members and school groups with a guide on presentation of a suitable certificate issued by educational institutions.

Group Visits (minimum 5 and maximum 15)
Reservation should be made at least 3 weeks in advance by sending a mail to [email protected] or by calling ‪+39 06 32810‬. Each group will have to sustain a total increase of EUR 70 paid by the group leader. 

Group visits with a guide: EUR 18 + EUR 2 mandatory booking + EUR1.50 for the headset rental (per person). 
Tour in Italian: Entry ticket for your category is EUR 120 + EUR 1.50 per person for renting a headset 
Tours in French, German, Spanish and English: Entry ticket for your category + EUR 200 + EUR 1.50 per person for renting a headset. 
The cost for school children is EUR 60 + EUR 1 per person for renting a headset. 
The entry fee for the storage room is EUR 2 mandatory booking charge.

  • The entry is free on the first Sunday of the month when only reservation cost of EUR 2 is supposed to be paid.
  • The admission fee is subject to change if temporary exhibitions are taking place.
  • Tickets once purchased cannot be replaced or refunded.
  • To promote the heritage and make the gallery more accessible, the gallery offers free entry in the last three shifts of every second Wednesday of the month.
  • Last minute tickets are available by going to the ticket office 30 minutes post the start time of each visit but the number of these tickets is limited.
How to Book
  • The tickets can be booked at the booking office in the basement of the Borghese Gallery which is open from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
  • The visitors can also reserve the tickets by calling on ‪+39 06 32810‬ which is active between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM from Monday to Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays.
  • The facility of booking the tickets online is also available at the website of the gallery.

Opening Time

Borghese Gallery can be visited from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on all days except Monday.
Entry is not permitted after 5:00 PM.
The gallery admits a total of 360 people at once for a two-hour visit according to the time slots. The time slots are as follows:
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The storage room admits a total of 18 people at once for a one hour visit every day at 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
The gallery is closed on Mondays, 25th December and 1st January. 
The timings for visiting the gallery are extended on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and last entry is permitted till 7:00 PM.

Collection

Borghese Gallery houses an extraordinary collection presented in its 20 rooms across two floors showcasing a total of 260 paintings. On the chief floor of the gallery are the classical and neo-classical sculptures and antiquities ranging from 1st century to 3rd century.
  • Trompe l'oeil ceiling fresco by Mariano Rossi decorates the Salone. Capra Amaltea, the Rape of Proserpina, the Enea and Anchises, the David, Apollo and Daphne are preserved in the museum.
  • The collection of Scipione Borghese, the statue of Bonaparte and Correggio's Danae adorns the gallery.
  • It houses the great canvases of Raphaelesque such as the Venus on a black background made by Baldassarre Peruzzi, the two Madonna with Child paintings created by Scipione Pulzone and Perin del Vaga and the replica of Madonna di Casa d ' Dawn.
  • A painting portraying Minerva while dressing up made by Lavinia is present in the central hall along with the paintings made by Carracci.
  • There is another gallery on the third floor of the museum which was put into place by Credit Suisse which has been equipped with display systems organized for painting schools and theme areas.
Borghese Gallery Interior
Inside the stunning Borghese Gallery (Source)

Background

The Borghese family is an Italian family that came to Rome in the 16th century and attained prosperity. The family had a good approach to the Roman Catholic Church with Paul V becoming the pope and other Borghese attaining high church positions. The villa has been constructed by Flaminio Ponzio and further by Giovanni Vasanzio in 1613.

The Borghese Gallery and museum was initially used by Cardinal Borghese for displaying the art collection and to host grand parties. The nephew, Scipione Caffarelli Borghese started acquiring artwork from everywhere to make his collection grand, and by the end of the 17th century, the Borghese possessed a total of 800 exclusive paintings. It was redesigned between 1730 and 1800 and by the end of the 18th century, the museum became an official public museum. In 1902, when the Borghese family failed to meet the maintenance expenses of the museum they sold it to the Italian State. 

Tips

  • A wardrobe area is present in the basement of the museum where the prohibited items inside the gallery can be stored such as bags, umbrellas, trolleys or any other restricted items. Food and beverages are also not permitted inside the museum.
  • Guided tours are available at the Borghese Gallery in different languages - French, Spanish, German and English at an additional cost. The audio guided tours are managed by the company Gebart Spa whose office is located in the basement of the museum.
  • There is a bookshop located in the basement which is managed by the Gebart Spa company.
  • Operated by VIVIbistrot, the cafeteria is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM which offers delicious snacks and a range of organic products.

How To Reach Borghese Gallery

Bus:
Bus numbers 910 (dir. Mancini) and 92 (dir. Marliana) can be boarded to reach from Termini Station to the Pinciana/ Borghese Museum stop. From Flaminio stop, buses 89 (dir. Bressanone / S.Agnese Annibaliano), 490 (dir. Tiburtina Station), 495 (dir. Tiburtina Station), 61 (dir. Balsamo Crivelli) and 160 (dir. Montagnola) go to S. Paolo del Brasile stop via metro line A. 63 (dir. Rossellini) and 83 (dir. Largo Valsabbia) can be boarded to reach Pinciana / Museo Borghese stop from Barberini stop via metro line A. 61 (dir. Villa Borghese / Washington) and 160 (dir. Villa Borghese / Washington) starts from Barberini stop and stop at S. Paolo del Brasile and 52 dir. and 53 dir. stop at Pinciana / Borghese Museum stop. From Tiburtina station, buses 490 (dir. Cornelia) and 495 (dir. Valle Aurelia) go to S. Paolo del Brasile via metro line B. 

Taxi:
Reaching the Borghese Gallery by taxi is also an easy option and parking via Pinciana and via Vittorio Veneto (height Villa Borghese) can be used.

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