Borghese Gallery Museum is one of the most celebrated tourist attractions in Rome.
The Gallery is home to a major part of the Borghese collection of paintings and sculptures.
The foundation of the Gallery was laid by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, a patron of the arts who lived between 1577 and 1633.
Once, a private collection of a wealthy cardinal, today Borghese is one of the most popular art galleries in the World.
More than half a million tourists visit this Gallery every year, making it one of the top seven attractions in Rome. The others being the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, and the Pompeii ruins.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Borghese Gallery.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Entry Restrictions for visitors
4. Best time to visit
5. How to book tickets?
6. Borghese Gallery tickets
7. Borghese Gallery with Roma Pass
8. After the Museum visit, what?
What is there in Borghese gallery?
Borghese Gallery is full of artwork dating back to the 17th century.
The Borghese gallery offers a permanent display of Roman antiquities as well as occasional temporary displays.
You also get to see magnificent sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Canova and many more.
The Borghese gallery also accommodates paintings by Raphael, Titian, Antonello da Messina etc.
Besides exploring the numerous pieces of art, during your visit to the Borghese gallery you can also enjoy its beautiful gardens.
Away from the city lights, these gardens offer an opportunity to experience Rome in silence.
How to reach Borghese Gallery?
The Borghese Gallery is located in Villa Borghese.
The most satisfying way to reach the Gallery is by walking through the park.
You can also reach the Piazza di Spagna by Metro (Line-A) and follow the arrows toward the Gallery while taking in the Roman air.
Another way to reach the Gallery is by any bus that goes up to Via Veneto.
If you prefer private transport, go for a taxi. From the city center, Borghese Galleria is just a five mins ride.
To give you a sense of distance – Borghese Gallery is 5.2 Kms (3.2 Miles) from the Vatican Museums or 6 Kms (3.7 Miles) from the Colosseum
Borghese Gallery opening hours
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.
Entry restrictions at Borghese Gallery
A maximum of 360 visitors are admitted into Borghese Gallery at a time, for a two-hour visit.
The entry starts at 9 am and continues till 5 pm.
We suggest you reach the Gallery 30 minutes prior to your entry time mentioned on your ticket, to secure your place.
The Gallery prohibits cameras and other belongings but don’t worry, cloakroom facilities are provided.
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 try booking your Borghese Galleria tickets at least two weeks prior to the visit.
The 5 pm and 1 pm slots are the least popular. If you try booking your tickets closer to your visit, these are the slots you are sure to get.
How to book Borghese Gallery tickets?
There are three methods to reserve your place at the Borghese Galleria. You can book your tickets by phone, via e-mail or online. We highly recommend booking your tickets online.
How to book Borghese Gallery tickets by phone
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. However, 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.
How to book Borghese Gallery tickets by email
This is much easier than booking your ticket by phone. Send 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. 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 Borghese Gallery 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
Buying tickets for Borghese is not same as other attractions. You can’t just walk in and expect to buy tickets.
You need to confirm your date and time of visit in advance. This helps the Borghese Gallery administration implement the visitor restrictions mentioned earlier.
Thanks to these restrictions, the crowd is managed better thus resulting in high ratings on Tripadvisor.
In case all the tickets are sold out, you can still visit the Borghese Gallery and try your luck. In case someone fails to turn up on time, you’ll be able to gain an entry.
The Borghese Gallery tickets mentioned below get delivered to your inbox within five minutes of purchase. You don’t need to take printouts – just show the ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and walk in.
Regular Borghese Gallery entrance ticket
This Borghese Gallery ticket provides you guaranteed, exclusive entrance to the popular attraction in Rome.
After you are done exploring the Borghese gallery, you can also take a peaceful walk through the lovely Villa Borghese gardens.
With only 360 people allowed in at a time, tickets to access Borghese Gallery are always in high demand. So, book early.
Adult ticket (for 18+ years): 22 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 1-17 years): 3 Euros
Borghese Gallery Skip-the-Line guided tour
This Borghese guided tour ticket is a unique way to enjoy the gallery. To start with, you skip the lines and walk right in.
And then you get a chance to enjoy the art gallery with a small group and your own art expert guide.
The art expert extends your trip beyond just staring at the art. He narrates the history related to the art and the artist.
You get two and a half hours to admire and study the artworks.
Adult ticket (for 18+ years): 57 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-12 years): 52 Euros
Free ticket (for 0-3 years): 0 Euros
Borghese Gallery and Gardens half-day guided tour
This ‘half-day tour’ ensures an extraordinary trip to the Borghese Gallery.
You get to skip the line and you also have access to an art expert as your guide.
You get 3 hours with your expert guide to see the masterpieces by artists like Bellini, Jacopo and many more.
The Guide ensures that you not only enjoy the art but also gather important information and anecdotes about the artist.
To ensure a more intimate experience, the group size is never more than 20 people.
Once you have been through the Gallery, you get to experience an enchanting walk through the Borghese Gardens.
This guided tour is available in English, French, and German.
Adult ticket (for 15+ years): 59 Euros
Discounted ticket (for 4-14 years): 54 Euros
Free ticket (for 0-3 years): 0 Euros
Borghese Gallery with Roma Pass
If you are in Rome and don’t know about Roma Pass, that’s criminal.
Roma Pass is a great tool to save money while holidaying in Rome. 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.
With this Roma Pass, you can gain direct and FREE entry to the Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, and Castel Sant’Angelo. You can also enter the Borghese Gallery for free, but you must book your arrival in advance.
While booking the tickets on phone and via e-mail, you must mention that you wish to go with your Roma Pass.
Similarly, you can make use of your Roma Pass while booking online.
After the Borghese Gallery Museum, what?
After finishing your trip through the Borghese Galleria Museum, you can collect some Borghese special souvenirs from the gift shop.
However, one should keep in mind that the gift shop closes at 7 pm. 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.
You can also enjoy Italian cuisine before or after your visit to the Borghese Galleria Museum.
Apart from the café inside the Galleria, you can enjoy a meal at nearby cafes like Piazzale delle Canestre.
Such cafés offer Italian delicacies in an outdoors environment, the way the Romans enjoy their food.