If you love art, you will love Borghese Gallery in Rome.
Once, a private collection of a wealthy cardinal, today Borghese is one of the most popular art galleries in the World.
This highly rated attraction gets more than half a million tourists every year.
In this article, we explain everything you must know before visiting Borghese Gallery.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Entry Restrictions
4. Best time to visit
5. Tour duration
6. Free entry
7. Worth it?
8. How to book?
9. Buy tickets
10. Combo tour
11. With Roma Pass
12. Audio Guide
13. Gift shop
How to reach Borghese Gallery?
The Borghese Gallery is on the Pincian Hill, in Villa Borghese.
Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome.
If you are close to a Metro station, board Line ‘A’ and get down at the Piazza di Spagna, the metro station closest to the Gallery.
Once you exit the station, you can follow the signage towards the Gallery while taking in the Roman air.
This walk to the art Museum is a bit of an uphill climb.
If you are getting down at Barberini Metro station, a 20-minute walk can also get you to the Borghese Gallery.
If bus is your preferred mode of transport, get onto Bus no. 52 or 53.
In fact, you can get onto any bus that goes up to Via Veneto.
From Via Vento, the Gallery is a brisk 5-minute walk away at a distance of 1 Km (0.6 Miles).
Villa Borghese is a massive park. We recommend you use Google maps, else you can get lost. GET Direction
If you prefer private transport, go for a taxi.
From the city centre, Borghese Galleria is just a five mins ride.
Note: Borghese Gallery is 5.2 Kms (3.2 Miles) from the Vatican Museums and 6 Kms (3.7 Miles) from the Colosseum.
The Borghese Gallery remains open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.
The last entry into the Gallery is at 5 pm.
The Gallery remains closed on Mondays, 25th December, and 1st January.
A maximum of 360 visitors are admitted into Borghese Gallery at a time, for a two-hour visit.
Batches of visitors start entering at 9 am, and continue till 5 pm.
The slots are: 9 to 11 am, 11 to 1 pm, 1 to 3 pm, 3 to 5 pm, and 5 to 7 pm.
At the end of your two hours, you are mandatorily expected to leave the Gallery.
You must reach the Gallery 30 minutes prior to the entry time mentioned on your ticket. Else you can be denied entry.
Best time to visit Borghese Gallery
The most popular time slot for visiting Borghese Galleria is 11 am.
To get this most favored time slot, you must book your Borghese Galleria tickets in advance – at least two weeks prior to the visit.
The 1 pm and 5 pm slots are the least popular.
If you don’t book your Borghese Gallery tickets a few weeks in advance, you are most likely to get the not-so-popular time slots.
How long does it take?
You need to come in 30 minutes before your scheduled time of entry.
And then you will be spending 2 hours exploring the Museum.
It is important to note that you can finish exploring the Museum in less than two hours, but you can’t take more than two hours.
So at max, your tour of Borghese Gallery will take two and a half hours.
Unless you spend some time exploring the gift shop in which case you may need 15 minutes more.
Note: Depending on the season, many visitors follow up their visit to the Art Museum with a quick tour of the Borghese gardens.
Borghese Gallery for free
The Art Museum offers free entrance every first Sunday of the month.
However, you must call the venue (+390632810) beforehand and book your ticket.
However, we don’t recommend it because it is the busiest time to visit.
Interested in free entry to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel? Buy the Omnia Card
Is Borghese Gallery worth it?
Many tourists in Rome have this question “Is it worth visiting Borghese Gallery?”
They wonder because they have already seen Vatican Museums with masterpieces from across the world and want to know if yet another art gallery will be worth their time.
Here is our short answer: Yes, Borghese Gallery is worth your effort, time and money.
For the long answer, continue reading:
1. Best of Bernini is at Borghese Gallery
Bernini’s sculptures are scattered all over Rome.
However, his best works – The Rape of Proserpine, Apollo and Daphne, and David are on display at this Museum.
With a limited number of visitors in at a time, this is also the only Museum where you can see the master sculptor’s work up close.
2. Best of Caravaggio is in Borghese
Caravaggio wasn’t a regular painter.
For starters, he has a murder registered against his name.
But he was a brilliant painter, and during his time was regarded as the best in Rome.
The Borghese Gallery has almost one dozen Caravaggio paintings.
The most famous of them being – ‘Boy with a Basket of Fruit,’ ‘David with the Head of Goliath,’ ‘Self- portrait as Bacchus, ‘Madonna and Child with St Anne’ and ‘Portrait of Pope Paul V.’
All this is over and above the other painters of the Renaissance and Baroque on display here.
3. Borghese Gallery offers ‘the best’ art experience
Borghese Gallery is what we would call a premium art gallery.
There are three things which together offer the most satisfying ‘art experience’ at the Borghese gallery.
- It houses the best of art from all over the World
- the Museum building itself is an attraction
- since only 360 visitors are allowed inside at a time, you see art as you have never seen before – it almost seems like your private collection
Since Borghese Gallery is quite small, with only 20 rooms, one doesn’t get the feeling of getting lost amongst art.
4. The Gallery is in a beautiful park
This tourist attraction is in the corner of one of the most beautiful parks in Rome – Villa Borghese park.
Once you are done exploring the artwork, you can step out and enjoy the Borghese gardens.
Away from the city lights, these Gardens offer an opportunity to experience Rome in silence.
How to book tickets?
There are three ways to reserve your visit to Borghese Galleria – by phone, via e-mail or online.
We recommend booking your tickets online, because thats much faster.
The number to call for ticket booking is +390632810. Here +39 is the country code of Italy.
You can talk to the operator in Italian or English.
The phone line opens from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
The line remains closed on Sundays.
While booking the tickets, be ready with your mode of payment or Roma Pass details (more on this below).
If you have Roma Pass, you must mention it while booking your ticket over the phone.
Once your booking is confirmed, you will be provided with a booking code.
This number will be needed to pick up your tickets on the day of the visit.
The operator might ask for your e-mail id, to send you a confirmation via mail.
This is much easier than booking your ticket by phone.
You must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details.
You must clearly mention the date of your visit and preferred time slot including the number of people and their age.
You must also mention an easier way to contact you, in case they fail to contact you via mail.
Within 48 hours of your e-mail, you will receive confirmation.
If you don’t get any confirmation, do call them back again.
Booking tickets online
This is by far the best method to book Borghese Gallery tickets.
You don’t have to talk to an agent on the other end continuously (as in a phone booking) or have multiple email conversations (as in email booking).
To book your Borghese Gallery tickets online, just choose the kind of ticket you want from our recommendations below and go ahead and book them.
Online tickets get emailed to you. To gain entry to the Borghese gallery, at its entrance you just show the email on your smartphone.
Borghese Gallery tickets
There are two ways to explore Borghese Gallery – with or without an expert art guide.
Both these Borghese Gallery tickets get delivered to your inbox as soon as they are booked.
On the day of your visit, just show the tickets in your email (on your smartphone) and walk in.
Yes, there is no need to take print outs.
‘Skip the Line’ Borghese Gallery tickets
This is the most popular and cheapest of the Borghese Gallery experience.
With this ticket you can access the complete Art Gallery and ongoing temporary exhibitions.
Since you won’t be with a guide or a group, you can explore the masterpieces at your own pace.
Adult ticket (6+ years): 30 Euros
Guided tour of Borghese Gallery
Real art lovers book guided tours to art galleries because that helps them gain a better insight.
The local art experts narrate stories and anecdotes about the various pieces of art making the visit far more memorable.
The guides also ensure you don’t miss out on any of the masterpieces on display at the Gallery.
Adult ticket (15+ years): 59 Euros
Kids ticket (4 to 14 years): 54 Euros
Infant ticket (less than 3 years): Free entry
Borghese Gallery + Colosseum + Roman Forum
If you are on a budget, a combo tour is a great way to save money – they are around 20% cheaper than if you bought the tickets individually.
This guided tour starts with a visit to the Borghese Gallery at 9 am.
After spending two hours at the Art Museum, you explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Colosseum area is 6 Kms (3.7 Miles) from the Borghese Gallery and you have to arrange your own transport.
Adult ticket (14+ years): 99 Euros
Kids ticket (4 to 13 years): 79.20 Euros
Infant ticket (0 to 3 years): Free entry
Insider Tip: If you love nature and ancient architecture, you may want to consider this Segway tour through Villa Borghese.
Borghese Gallery with Roma Pass
It is criminal to be in Rome and NOT know about Roma Pass.
Roma Pass is a great tool to save money while holidaying in the city.
With this Roma Pass, you can gain direct and FREE entry to the Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, and Castel Sant’Angelo.
In fact, you can also enter the Borghese Gallery for free, but you must book your arrival in advance (by call or email).
It comes in two flavors –
72 hours Roma Pass: Direct entrance to two museums of your choice, unlimited travel with all public transport (excl. trains) for three days. Price: 39.50 Euros.
48 hours Roma Pass: Direct entrance to one museum, unlimited travel with all public transport (excl. trains) for 48 hours. Price: 29 Euros.
The hours start getting counted from when you first used your card.
Borghese Gallery audio guide
If you don’t want to spend the extra money and book a guided tour, the next best thing is to get the Museum’s audio guide.
You can’t book the audio guide in advance – you must pick it up on the day of your visit.
It costs 6€ per person and comes highly recommended by visitors who have used it before.
In this guide, excellent narrators explain the important (and numbered) pieces of art spread all over the Museum.
After finishing your trip through the Borghese Galleria Museum, you can buy Borghese souvenirs from the gift shop.
Since the gift shop closes at 7 pm, visitors booked for 5 to 7 pm time slot can visit before their tour of the Gallery begins.
This might be a problem for people visiting the gallery in the time slot from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Hence, it is suggested to take out time to visit the gift shop prior to your Museum visit.