Explore one of the world's greatest private art collections
The Borghese Gallery, one of Rome’s most-visited museums, has reopened to the public after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum has reopened with several safety measures in place, the primary one being that they only accept online reservations now. Visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with the new safety measures before their trip.
Here are all the safety measures to know before you visit the Borghese Gallery:
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.
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.
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 Bioparco Di Roma, the Zoo, Villa Medici (a stunning Mannerist villa that houses the French Academy,) and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
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 –
Q. Is it safe to visit the Borghese Gallery post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Borghese Gallery now accepts only online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Borghese Gallery?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Borghese Gallery now accepts only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also be subject to temperature checks by thermal scanners before entry. The number of visitors has been limited to 80 every two hours now.
Q. Are Borghese Gallery tickets available online now?
A. Yes. You can book your Borghese Gallery tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Borghese Gallery tickets?
A. It depends on the Borghese Gallery ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling within a stipulated time period, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. How many visitors are allowed inside the Borghese Gallery post-COVID-19?
A. The Borghese Gallery is permitting only 80 visitors at a time, in two-hour slots.
Q. What are Borghese Gallery hours post-COVID-19?
A. Borghese Gallery hours post-COVID-19 is 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. Visitors are requested to strictly adhere to their chosen time slot.
Q. What is the best time to visit the Borghese Gallery?
A. There are five time slots available daily starting from 9:00am. The 11:00am time slot is the most popular and the 3:00pm and 5:00pm slots are the least popular. We recommend booking your tickets a week in advance to ensure you get your desired time slot.
Q. Do I need tickets for the Borghese Gardens?
A. No, access to the Villa Borghese gardens is completely free of charge.