borghese gallery tips

Borghese Gallery Visitor Tips

The Borghese Gallery is a jewel in Italy’s culture of art. Located in Villa Borghese, in Rome, the Borghese Gallery is one of the most-visited museums in the city! Visitors flock from all over the country and the world to observe not just the spectacular interiors, but the museum’s highlights -- sculptures and paintings by historic artists like Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini and Titian among many others. If you’re planning a trip to the Borghese Gallery, here are several insider visitor tips to make the most of your experience. 

Borghese Gallery Visitor Tips

  • Online reservations: Tickets for Borghese Gallery sell out rapidly, especially since only 260 guests are permitted in at a time. Book your Borghese Gallery tickets online, at least a week or two in advance, to avoid facing a sold-out situation.
  • Plan ahead: Since you're allowed only two hours from the time stamped on your ticket during entry, a fair bit of planning is required to ensure that you experience all of Borghese Gallery. One way to do that is by heading straight to the first floor since most people explore the ground floor first.
  • Arrive early: Arrive at the Borghese Gallery at least 30 minutes before your time slot. If you have any baggage, you'll need to check it in the locker room located in the basement and that does take a lot of time depending on how crowded the day generally is.
  • Sunset views: If you’re looking to further better your experience, plan your trip to the Borghese Gallery around evening. This will give you the opportunity of enjoying the Borghese gardens and the Pincio Terrace during sunset and witness some truly spectacular views of Rome’s skyline.
  • Get a map: The Villa Borghese gardens are spread across almost 300 acres of land and feature different levels and installations. To make the most of your time there, get a map of the gardens before the start of the trip. This will not only help you navigate the gardens but also allow you to head to attractions you're more interested in.
  • Public washrooms: There are limited public toilets available in the Villa Borghese gardens and if you happen to visit during a crowded day, you might have to wait a bit for your turn. Avoid waiting by using the toilet located at the Borghese Gallery, access to which is included in your ticket.
  • Travel by bus: The best and fastest way to get to the Borghese Gallery is by using the bus. The closest stop is Pinciana/Museo Borghese stop, from where you can reach the Gallery on a short walk.
  • Audio guide: If you’re looking for an audio guide, it can be purchased on-site for €5
  • Free entry: Guests can enter for free on the first Sunday of each month between October to March. However, you will still need to reserve your slot in advance.
  • City passes: You can visit the Borghese Gallery for free or at a reduced rate if you purchase the Roma Pass or OMNIA Pass; again, you would still need to book your slot online, in advance.
  • Dining options: You can have a bite to eat at the restaurant inside the Borghese Gallery, or at the several eateries within the Villa Borghese premises.
  • Wheelchair-accessibility: Most parts of the Borghese Gallery are accessible by wheelchair. Entrances and elevators have been designed to accommodate those with reduced mobility. Wheelchairs can also be rented on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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