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Borghese Gallery Entrance Tickets

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  • Save time on queues as you skip the lines to enter the Borghese Gallery in Rome.
  • Explore amazing art collections by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, and Canova that are sure to take your breath away.
  • Wander through the Villa Borghese and enjoy the verdant gardens adorned with gorgeous flowers in bloom.
  • These tickets cannot be cancelled/refunded once the booking has been confirmed.
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Intro

The Borghese Gallery boasts one of the best art collections in the world, featuring the works of renowned artistic geniuses such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini, Titian, Canova, Correggio, and Rubens. Housed in a gorgeous 17th-century villa, the museum's extensive collection of sculptures, ancient mosaics, relics, and paintings are spread across 20 stunning rooms. While Borghese Gallery tickets are fairly easy to obtain, the museum has a unique timed reservation system that sets it apart from other popular European attractions. The museum only allows 360 visitors inside at any given time, with a 2-hour limit to each guest's visit.

Exploring Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery houses the most eclectic and exclusive collection of artworks, including Roman sculptures, paintings by the grand masters, and even modern art. The prized collection is one of the best in the world and was mainly collected by Scipione Borghese, who was an early patron of Caravaggio and Bernini.

Scipione Borghese, a true art connoisseur, had the vision to create a collection and house it in the Villa Borghese which he himself helped design. He was conferred the cardinalship when his uncle became the Pope. It is said that he utilized the cardinal powers to buy and acquire these exquisite artworks, sometimes even through force by way of papal orders.

The Borghese Gallery is teeming with works by great artists including Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Antonella da Messina, Domenichino, Cranach, Rubens, Savoldo, and Lorenzo Lotto among others. The artworks in the gallery belong to Ancient Rome, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Art lovers and connoisseurs from all over the world throng the gallery, especially to witness famed works like David with the Head of Goliath and Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The Deposition by Raphael, Melissa by Dosso Dossi, Apollo and Daphne and David by Bernini, and Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Canova.

Villa Borghese Gardens

The Borghese Gallery is displayed in the Villa Borghese, with expansive gardens surrounding the villa. The Borghese Garden is one of the largest public parks in Rome, with more than 90 unique places of interest including statues and monuments. The gardens themselves are located atop Pincian Hill, from where one can look over the bustling Piazza del Popolo.

The Villa Borghese Gardens also has other attractions nearby, like the Bioparc Di Roma, the Zoo, Villa Medici (a stunning Mannerist villa that houses the French Academy,) and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Top Borghese Gallery Exhibits

While each and every art work at the gallery is special and irreplaceable, there are some masterpieces that stand out. Make sure you view these artworks on your visit to the Borghese Gallery –

  • Apollo and Daphne, by Bernini
  • Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio
  • David with the Head of Goliath, by Caravaggio
  • Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, Canova
  • Pluto and Persephone, by Bernini
  • Sacred and Profane Love, by Titian
  • The Deposition, by Raphael
  • The Enchantress Circe (or Melissa), by Dosso Dossi
  • The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini

Borghese Gallery Facts

  • The Borghese Gallery boasts an impressive collection of Caravaggio paintings; in fact, it has 6 Caravaggio works - the highest number housed in any one location in the entire world.
  • The Villa Borghese is one of the world’s richest art collections in terms of sculptures and paintings. The building itself is considered to be an architectural masterpiece.
  • Sciopione Borghese started the Borghese collection and acquired the masterpieces through the immense wealth and influence bestowed upon him as the cardinal nephew. It is rumored that many of the masterpieces were forcefully taken from artists and churches.
  • In 1807, 344 antiquities of the Borghese collection were sold by Camillo Borghese to his brother-in-law, Napolean Bonaparte, under immense pressure and financial difficulties. The entire collection can now be seen at The Lourve, in Paris.
  • The Sleeping Hermaphroditus is one of Bernini’s most acclaimed pieces; it even had a room to itself in the Villa Borghese. However, it was also a part of the duress sale in 1807.
  • The beautiful manicured Villa Borghese Gardens have been the location of Hollywood movies like "Eat Pray Love" and the Woody Allen movie, "To Rome with Love".
  • The extensive Villa Borghese gardens also have the Bioparco Di Roma and the Zoo, which is home to 1,114 animals from 222 species. The zoo is spread over 42 acres and has no cages but instead ditches and pits with open spaces.
  • The Villa Borghese also has a unique invention - a hydrochronometer, which is like a water clock, invented by Gian Battista Embriaco. It was built in 1873 and still functions!
  • Using a City Pass can be highly advantageous, and can save you quite a bit of money on Borghese Gallery tickets, while also providing you with Skip the line access.