Galleria Borghese , Rome Overview

One of the most popular art galleries in Rome, Borghese Galleria is definitely a must-visit spot for all the art freaks out there. Featuring impressive collections from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, this gallery captures the work of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V from 1536 to 1633. The gallery caters to people of all ages and should definitely be on your Rome itinerary.

The collection of sculptures and paintings include Canova, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, and masterpieces by Rubens, Raphael, Titian and many more. Even though visitors only get a 2-hour window at the gallery, they end up spending 3-5 hours in and around this attraction. Exhibitions can be found on the ground floor and the top floor. The first floor includes the works of Caravaggio, Tiziano, Raphael, Botticelli, and Rubens. The ground floor represents art from the first to the third century. You will be able to find works of Bernini and Canovas on all corners of this museum. All in all, Galleria Borghese is the best place for art lovers to admire the works of renowned artists in a beautiful place without having to deal with large crowds.

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Entry Details

Borghese Galleria is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and on 1st January. The entry fee for an adult is euro 11, for EU citizens (18-25): euro 6.50, for senior citizens: euro 2. Children under the age of 18 can visit for free. Some journalists and teachers, and all European tour guides also get to enter for free. Those who have the Roma pass are also exempted from the entry fee. Regardless of the entry fee, one has to make a reservation. Entry to the Borghese Galleria is free every first Sunday of every month. However, this rule has been modified.

History

The history of Galleria Borghese started in 1613 when Scipione Borghese was appointed the Vatican collection of art by Pope Paul V. Famous for having commissioned great artworks, he was later given the name “Pontefice Massimo”. Appointed as Cardinal at the age of 27, Borghese was able to put in his artistic taste and instinct in order to create a magnificent collection of modern as well as ancient masterpieces. Aiming at promoting a Renaissance movement, Scipione attempted to gather his collection, even though unprincipled ways but managed to purchase several hectares of land which is now called Villa Borghese Gardens and secure his art gallery within its premises. Today, Galleria Borghese remains one of the most exquisite and prestigious galleries in Rome as it restores a great deal of ancient as well as modern artworks.

Things to Do

There are a number of guided tours available at the Borghese Gallery. These include Borghese Gallery Audio Tours, Docent Tours of the Borghese Galleria and guided tours that include Historian art, are family-friendly or cover the park and Spanish Steps. There are a number of places to visit nearby such as Villa Borghese, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Our Lady of the Conception, Santa Maria Della Vittoria and Piazza Barberini which are within 2 kilometers from Galleria Borghese. Apart from that, there are a number of places to eat around this attraction before or after a visit to the museum. These include outdoor diners that offer great pizzas and pasta, Michelin-starred restaurants that are known for authentic Roman delicacies, Asian restaurants, cafes, and bars. Visitors might also find vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options.

Facts and tips

  • Only 360 people are allowed in the museum at once so it is best to make a reservation. 
  • There are now new free dates at Borghese Galleria. 
  • Some of the most exquisite works by Roman artists are in this Galleria, making it one of the best museums to visit in Rome. 
  • If you are an EU citizen, carry your ID proof, you may get a discount on the entry fee. 
  • One might also want to visit the adjoining Borghese park, especially during the spring. 
  • Photography is allowed here but tripods and flash are not. 
  • Visitors can use the Roma pass to get free entry but reservations still need to be made. 
  • Visitors can make a reservation over the phone, via email or through an agency. 
  • Visitors need to arrive at least half an hour before their entry time. Arriving 45 minutes before is ideal. 
  • Visitors need to check anything that they are carrying (purses, cameras, backpacks, umbrellas). 
  • Try to plan your trip in such a way that you have enough time to visit the gift shop. It closes at 7:00 pm.

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