Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian

Roma, Italy

From USD 185.04

Price varies by group size

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore Rome’s Borghese Gallery with an art historian guide to make the most of your visit. With expert commentary about the artists on display, such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian and other Italian masters, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the paintings and sculptures. After your tour, make sure to stroll through the tranquil gardens outside and enjoy a view of the city. Note: Your entrance fee to the gallery is not included.
  • Borghese Gallery tour with an art historian guide
  • Learn interesting insights about the gallery's renowned art collection from an expert
  • See works like Apollo and Daphne by Gianlorenzo Bernini, David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio and The Deposition by Raphael
  • Walk around the Villa Borghese Gardens at your leisure after the tour

What's Included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entrance fees are not included in the tour price
  • Full price €15. In case of temporary exibitions inside the Gallery, the price will raise up to 20
  • European Union citizens between 18 and 25 years old are free (€5 mandatory service charge); Tickets will be paid on site and are not refundable

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazzale Scipione Borghese
    Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    Look for the Guide with a Joy of Rome sign at the entrance of the gallery (outside the ticket office).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Galleria Borghese

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Galleria Borghese

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Entrance fees are not included in the tour price
  • Tickets will be paid on site and are not refundable
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Availability for tickets cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
  • Closed on Monday, December 25th, January 1st
  • The tour runs upon ticket availability. Borghese Gallery accepts only 300 people every two hours
  • If you choose MORNING , the starting time will be 8:30am on summer time and 10.30 am during winter(according to ticket availability)
  • If you choose AFTERNOON, the starting time will be at 4:30pm (according to tickets availability)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Traveller Tips

      Do NOT miss the opportunity to see the museum through the eyes of Francesca.


      34 reviews
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      The guide! Grace (...
      Edward_D, Oct 2021
      The guide! Grace ( Maria Grazia) gave a delightful tour, enlivened by her vast knowledge of the art and engaging personality.
      Best tour and tour guide of our trip!!
      Mary_W, July 2021
      Francesca did an amazing job with this tour! It was truly the best tour we took on all 18 days of our trip. The museum limits each visitor to two hours of time in the Borghese and right from the time we met her outside the museum until the end of our tour, Francesca's timing and descriptions of all of the artworks were impeccable. She wove a tapestry of stories about the artists, their patrons, the nuances of each piece of art and managed to take us into rooms that were empty because she had mastered the flow of visitor traffic and bypassed it. We were enthralled and enriched by her passion, lively narration, and seemingly unending knowledge of the history of the Borghese Gallery and the masterpieces contained within. We truly can not recommend this tour highly enough with Francesca from Joy of Rome! Excellent!!!
      biku-ilu, Oct 2019
      Words cannot describe our private tour of the Borghese Gallery. Francesca, with great warmth, wisdom, passion, and joy, brought the museum to life for us. It was a perfect start to our two week vacation in Italy, and we see the tour as one of the top highlights of the trip. Do NOT miss the opportunity to see the museum through the eyes of Francesca.
      A Very Beautiful Walk Through the Borghese Gallery
      Barry L, Oct 2019
      My experience in touring museums has taught me that the viewing of some of the world's most beautiful paintings and sculptures without a knowledgeable guide by your side is missing a real opportunity. While one can initially view a particular work of art which captures one moment in time, admire the beauty and incredible talent it took to create it, it is only through the explanation by a very knowledgeable tour guide that the work truly comes alive. These works tell the story of what you see or at least think you see in that moment of time portrayed in the work of art. However, without a knowledgeable guide, you miss a description of what you likely wouldn't know or see about the artist who created the work and the subjects portrayed. My excellent tour guide brought these stories of the most important works to me so that I could appreciate them in a way that I could never experience without my guide.
      Fantastic Francesca
      Stafford_M, June 2019
      My wife and I had the truly wonderful experience of being toured around the Borghese Gallery and Museum in Rome by Francesca of the Joy of Rome group. Francesca is a university professor in art history and knows a tremendous amount about the Museum and its artists, including Bernini and Caravaggio. It was a rare opportunity to have Francesca lead us through the Museum and provide an always amusing and deeply insightful running commentary regarding the artists, their works and their patrons and the real life collision of these forces in Renaissance Italy. She had something insightful and often surprising to say about the works and the Museum itself. Francesca is also personally very warm and energetic and super fun to be with. We just finished 8 days in Rome and our tour with Francesca was easily the highlight of our trip. We loved our experience with her and you will too.
      Spectaular Borghese with Francesca
      Gerard P, Sept 2018
      We have been to Borghese Gallery many times before and with guides. The guide Francesca Pogliaro was the best guide ever. Punctual, an art historian and so full of fabulous information. Her enthusiasm was infectious. She knew and explained details about the works and the background surrounding the creation of the works and the history... Just very impressive. We definitely would hire Francesca again, and will. Every guide we have used through Viator has just been outstanding, I continued to be impressed with Viator. Bravo!
      Franseca was one of the best tour...
      Pierrette M, Sept 2017
      Franseca was one of the best tour guides I have ever had. It was a great experience. She was entertaining, informative and managed our time superbly ....pierrette
      We loved this tour!!! Francesca was...
      gina_l, Mar 2017
      We loved this tour!!! Francesca was so knowledgeable and passionate about art and history, and we could have stayed for hours longer!!!
      Best tour i could ask for...
      AZachary_N, May 2016
      Best tour i could ask for!! Recommend everyone use the Joy of Rome for their Borghese experience.
      This was the most amazing tour, we...
      Wendy C, Feb 2016
      This was the most amazing tour, we were a party of 4, Our guide Francesca was so lovely , and we couldn't have asked for more... her knowledge and delivery made it one of the best afternoons ever spent , the Borghese gallery is a hidden gem in Rome. Thank you so much especially Francesca!!
      Guide was easy to understand, very...
      Pamela R, Feb 2016
      Guide was easy to understand, very knowledgeable, was a fantastic tour. Would recommend the gallery to anyone staying in Rome.
      Per innamorarsi ci vuole un(a) Cupido
      Martina_P, July 2021
      Ero già stata altre volte alla Galleria, ma questa era la mia prima visita alla Borghese con una guida privata (e non una guida qualsiasi: una dottoressa in iconografia). Francesca ci ha rapiti con la sua preparazione e la sua dialettica, un tour di 2 ore volato via in un battito di ciglia, alla fine del museo la voglia di ricominciare da capo come un giro sulla tua giostra preferita. Ho amato non solo l’approccio completo all’ opera (storico, tecnico, emozionale), ma anche l’attenzione nei confronti del visitatore non del mestiere. Una Daverio della mia generazione, capace di farmi stupire di nuovo davanti a opere conosciutissime e meno. Segnalo anche la maestria nel giostrarsi tra opere di tutte le epoche, dal 500 ai giorni odierni. Un investimento per la propria anima.
      Die Villa Borghese ist eine...
      maria b, Feb 2016
      Die Villa Borghese ist eine Erholung, sofern man am Vortag in den Museen des Vatikan war. Eine beachtliche Kunstsammlung in Wohnzimmeratmosphäre zu geniessen, ist eine wunderbare Erfahrung in Rom. Unser Führer war Archäologe, erzählte mit Begeisterung und liess uns auch Zeit, die Kunst zu geniessen, einfach grandios!

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