THE borghese gallery rome

Villa Borghese, the largest public park in Rome, is home to the Borghese Gallery. At Villa Borghese, you’ll find a lake, temples, fountains, statues, and several museums, including the Borghese Gallery, the most famous.

Its vast collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and bas-reliefs, which every year attract millions of visitors, includes Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Bernini, and Canova. About 260 paintings and works are on display in the Borghese Gallery‘s storeroom, which is the only picture gallery of its kind in the world.

Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s private collection is housed in the Borghese Gallery. His life was spent as a patron and as an art collector. He was born in 1579 and died in 1663. In 1902, the Italian state acquired the collection. Public access to the works was only granted in 1997

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A noble Italian family, the Borghese, settled in Rome in the 16th century. The family accumulated considerable wealth and became prominent in the Eternal City once they moved there. There was a close relationship between the Borghese family and the Catholic Church. There was even a Borghese family member who became Pope Paul V. Others became cardinals and high-ranking Catholic officials.

Scipione Borghese is the family member behind the glamorous Borghese gallery. Pope’s nephew and a cardinal who collects art passionately. The Villa Borghese was built by Flaminio Ponzio at the request of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Borghese Villa wasn’t built for living in. It was designed to showcase Scipione’s art collection. It was his intention to entertain his guests with a “Theater of the Universe.”.

There are several buildings, museums, and well-known attractions in the Borghese Villa in Rome. There are 80 hectares (19.7 acres) in this park, which is Rome’s third largest. Pincian Hill is the location of the Villa Borghese Gardens, also known as the Villa Borghese Pinciana. Rome’s historical center is situated in the northeast quadrant of the Pincian Hill.

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The Cardinal Scipione Borghese owned the Borghese Gallery, which houses one of the world’s largest private art collections. A major collection of paintings and works by master artists can be found at Museo Borghese, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Borghese Gallery is an art gallery you won’t want to miss if you love art. Even if you are not, seeing marble statues and frescoes in Rome will be one of your most memorable experiences.

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Tips for visiting

It is important to note that Borghese Gallery Tickets must be reserved in advance before visiting the Galleria Borghese. The number of visitors to the Borghese Gallery is limited to 360 people per time slot because there are designated 2-hour time slots for entry and browsing. In order to avoid losing your spot, book your tickets online in advance.

By limiting visitors, the gallery does not have an overwhelming number of crowns. Because of this, you can browse the art collections more peacefully than you might in some other famous museums such as the Louvre or Vatican.

borghese gallery bag policy :

The Museum does not allow you to carry any baggage, including handbags, video cameras, umbrellas, strollers, etc. However, there is no place outside the Museum where you can lock your luggage, so we recommend leaving everything at the hotel.

More information is available on the official website of the Borghese Gallery 

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There is a large collection of Caravaggio works on display at the Borghese Gallery, including David with the Head of Goliath, Madonna with Saint Anne ( Madonna dei Palafrenieri ), and Saint Jerome with a basket of fruit. It is impossible to choose a favorite painting or sculpture at the Borghese Gallery because there are so many unique pieces. We would like to draw your attention to a few items.

Ratto Di Proserpina, Bernini


The most celebrated work of art by Bernini depicts tragedy, which is ironic. Using dramatic fashion and marble, he depicted the tragic abduction of Proserpina by Pluto when he was 23. Approximately 7.5 feet high, this sculpture is made of Carerra marble that is infused with softness. Bernini‘s sculpture represents the movement of flesh in a lifelike manner influenced by the classic Baroque style. Proserpina is clearly anguished, as shown by Pluto‘s hands sinking into her soft flesh, or by his tense muscles as he seeks to beat her.

Apollo and Daphne, Bernini

the sculpture of Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini 

There is no doubt that Bernini‘s Apollo and Daphne sculpture is one of the most beautiful in the Borghese Gallery. The story depicts the tragic love story between Apollo, the God of Archery, and Daphne, the Nymph. Cupid‘s arrow hits Apollo and he chases after Daphne, but just before he catches her, he transforms into a tree. In spite of its stationary form, Bernini‘s sculpture seems to capture movement and fluidity; some parts of Daphne appear to be human, while others seem to show the bark of a tree wrapping around her.

Sleeping Hermaphrodite, Bernini


There are over 20 variations of the Sleeping Hermaphrodite today, but the one at the Borghese Gallery is considered the best. There is no information available regarding the actual date when this sculpture was created. It represents the child of Hermes and Aphrodite, this androgynous sleeping figure of Hermaphrodite on a mattress. Hermaphrodites are said to be hermaphrodites whose bodies have been merged with Salmacis‘. In addition to its defined, feminine curves, this design also shows a realistic representation of a mattress lying on a bed. Without truly understanding its form, one might have difficulty looking away from this sculpture.

Lady with unicorn by Rafael Santi ( Dama Con Liocorna, Raphael )


The subject’s eyes are the first thing one notices about Raphael‘s Young Woman with a Unicorn painting: piercing blue with a stoic expression. Over the centuries, art history experts have debated the young woman’s true identity, with a number of theories supporting their claims. Several have also compared this painting with Da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa, the latter having been painted just a few years after the former. Raphael’s painting depicts the subject in a similar pose, folded hands, slight angle, and vivid background, as in Da Vinci’s work. It was once believed that unicorns represented purity in women.

David with the Head of Goliath ( David Con La Testa Di Golia, Caravaggio )

David with the Head of Goliath

Even though the Borghese Gallery houses many of Caravaggio‘s works, perhaps his most personal masterpiece deserves special attention. Caravaggio painted a self-portrait while on the run after being charged with murder. Goliath‘s severed head is believed to be his own, and David is believed to have executed him. As an artist, Raphael shows maturity in this painting; the dark, earthy background contrasts brightly with the luminous figure of a determined and youthful David

villa borghese gallery tickets

13 Euros is the cost of the ticket plus 2 Euros is the cost of the booking rights. Booking requests from youth between 18 and 25 years old and EU teachers are eligible for the reduced ticket price of 6,50 Euros plus 2 Euros. Tickets cost 8 Euros plus 2 Euros for booking rights on Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm, from January 10th through February 10th.

Borghese gallery free Sunday

Entrance to Borghese Gallery is free (plus 2 Euros for booking rights) the first Sunday of each month.

As well as for handicapped people and their helpers. Youth under 18 who are EU citizens. Students and teachers of architecture at universities. Students majoring in archeology, history of art, preservation of cultural heritage, and science of development in the EU (must prove enrollment in current year), EU students and teachers enrolled in the school of Fine Arts, Icom members, Mibact employees, EU school groups, journalists, and tour guides (must bring valid licenses).


Regular18/25 yearsYounger than 18
Entrance13 €6,50 €Free
Wednesday8 €6,50 €Free
First Sunday of the monthFreeFreeFree
Reservation fee2 €2 €2 €

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Do I need to make a reservation for the Borghese Gallery?

Reservations are mandatory because there are a limited number of entrances for each time range, so making a reservation is mandatory.

What is the best time to visit the Borghese Gallery?

Starting at 9:00 AM, there are five time slots available every day. The 11:00 AM time slot is the most popular, while the 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM slots have the smallest crowds. For a better chance of getting your preferred time slot, we recommend booking your tickets weekly.

What is the best way to get to the Borghese Gallery?

Buses and trains are available to take you to the Borghese Gallery. Take the bus to Pinciana/Museo Borghese stop and walk to the gallery; take the train to Barberini or Piazza di Spagna stations and walk to the gallery.

What are Borghese Gallery Opening hours in 2024? 

The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last entrance is at 5.45 p.m. January 1 and December 25 are closed.

How many visitors are allowed inside the Borghese Gallery in 2024?

The Borghese Gallery has time slots that limit entry. A maximum of 360 people can be inside at one time. It is permitted for visitors to spend up to 2 hours inside the gallery, after which they must leave the premises. If you want to avoid the queue and ensure entry, we recommend booking your tickets as soon as possible.

How much does it cost to go to Villa Borghese or is villa Borghese free?

In the 17th century, Cardinal Scipione Borghese designed the gardens of the Borghese Villa. Today, the Villa Borghese Gardens do not charge an entrance fee. To visit the park’s museums and galleries, visitors must purchase separate tickets.

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Opening days and times 2024

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Last admission: 5.00 pm

Ticket office closes at 6:30 pm.

Closed on Monday, January 1st and December 25th.

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month (reservation required).

Borghese Gallery tickets cost

13 € for adults
8 € for the last time slot of the day
2 € for anyone 18-25 years old
Free for anyone under 18

How to get there

Subway – Get off at Spagna station by taking the A-line. Continue along Via Veneto to Villa Borghese.

Bus – You can take the following lines: 5, 19, 52, 53, 63, 86, 88, 92, 95, 116, 204, 217, 231, 360, 490, 491, 495, 630, 910 and 926.

Address – Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5 – Roma.

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