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This tour is an easy stroll around the galleries, and even if the Borghese Gallery has 2 levels, there will be an elevator.
In Rome's most popular gardens, you'll find the beautiful Galleria Borghese. Designed in 17th c. by Cardinal Scipione Borghese which is home to one of the most iconic art collections on Earth.
Our expert guide will dive right into the artwork explaining the symbolism and how it was meant to be interpreted by the artists.
First you'll be introduced to pieces which formed the foundation of this collection. Works acquired by Cardinal Borghese include Raphael's 'Deposition of Christ' and works by Correggio, Dossi & more!
During your Borghese Gallery guided tour, our guide will take you to see one of the most mysterious and celebrated paintings ever, 'The Sacred and Profane Love' by Titian!
Ever seen a statue carved by an 11-year-old? This is supposedly how old Gian Lorenzo Bernini was when he performed his first work for the Borghese Cardinal!
At the age of 25 Bernini was already established as one of the greatest artists ever. His work, besides telling an incredible story, earn him the nickname "Michelangelo of Baroque"!
The Ancient Roman poet Virgil spoke about it as a "Metamorphosis", but it's difficult to capture the essence of this mythical story like Bernini has in this sculpture!
Your expert guide will tell you the stories surrounding the turbulent life and everlasting legacy of Caravaggio, in a room almost entirely dedicated to the Italian genius’s paintings!
400 years ago, this would be the equivalent of a horror movie. In this brilliant painting, Caravaggio brings us one of the most stunning portrayals of the Biblical story!
Portrayed as the Goddess Aphrodite, Napoleon's little sister posed nude for the artist and raised a lot of gossip stories at the time.
Once your Borghese Gallery Tour has come to an end, you can explore the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens. The perfect place for a tranquil stroll and perhaps a ride on a rowboat?
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Are you an art-lover coming to Rome? Do you want to get up close to iconic works of art with an expert guide by your side? Then this 2 hour tour is the one for you!
Our Small-Group Borghese Gallery "Storytellers" Tour is perfect for the art-loving traveler, who wants to view a high concentration of amazing artwork in the perfect amount of time. The impressive Borghese Gallery and private collection are open to the public, by reservation only. Entrance to this museum is now one of the most coveted tickets in Rome. It is so sought after, that tickets sell out on a daily basis.
Inside, you're confronted with an enchanting private collection of artwork. The vast collection includes sculptures and paintings, each perfectly encapsulating one of the greatest art eras in art history; the baroque era. The works of art are not only beautiful to admire but they also each tell a story and hide many secrets within them. Some stories concern the subjects used in each piece, while other concern the life stories of the artists themselves. This makes each piece even more captivating and our passionate guide will explain them all!
As you look on our site, you'll notice that tours start at odd hours. This is because the gallery has set entrance times that last exactly 2 hours and are for a limited number of people. This means you will NOT be dealing with larger crowds or packed galleries. We will arrange the reservations and you'll understand the true meaning of skip the line tickets. That is because this museum has a limited entrance so your admission not only includes getting inside, but the crowds will be far smaller since only 360 visitors can enter at a time. All you need to do is meet our tour guide at the entrance to begin a very special journey into the life and art of some of the most brilliant artists of all time.
It would be hard to argue that this gallery has one of the most valuable concentrations of Baroque artwork in the entire city of Rome.
Cardinal and art collector, Scipione Borghese, once lived in this beautiful villa. Not only was he an influential man through his work, but he was also the patron of world renowned artist Caravaggio and Bernini. Some say that Bernini's success is all down to the influence Cardinal Borghese had on him. On this tour, you're welcomed into his Villa, once used to host some of the most lavish parties in Rome. Our guide will tell you all about how Cardinal Borghese came to collect such fascinating works of art and the, somewhat scandalous, relationships he endured leading up to his death.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist in the late 16th and early 17th century. He is known both for his wild and criminal ways and his ability to project real emotional in his paintings. During this Borghese tour, our guide will take you to visit an entire room dedicated mostly to Caravaggio's masterpieces. See and hear about his progression from a young artist to a master of the trade. Learn about his art style "chiaroscuro" and his fascinating life, including his dark past and eventual death. You’ll even learn lesser-known stories like how one of his paintings foreshadowed his demise!
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, lived in the same era as Caravaggio, born in the late 16th century. He, like Caravaggio, also had a close relationship with Cardinal Borghese and this is why some of his best masterpieces are on display in the Borghese private collection today. Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculptures in the museum have become the focal points of the Galleria Borghese artwork collection. Your guide will go into depth with each one of the four iconic pieces.
Most are rendered speechless upon viewing Bernini's attention to detail. With a hammer, chisels, and slab of marble, Bernini was able to create the appearance of sweat and see-through cloth, on solid statues. The Roman Guy thinks he was a Genius, and we're sure you will too when you see it for yourself up close!
Berini created amazing works of art like Pluto & Persophone, David, Apollo & Daphne and many others that can be found in the gallery. Unlike paintings, these sculptures feature 360 degrees of art. You'll receive a full analysis of the main sculptures and gain an understanding of how talented Bernini was.
Tiziano Vecellio, also known as Titian or Da Cadore, was the most successful member of the Venetian art school in the 16th century. He was a painter, and a good one at that. The flexibility in his skill surprised many, as he was perfectly able to paint portraits, landscapes and mythological pieces. A rare talent for his time.
Inside the Borghese Gallery, our guide will explain the life of Titian, as your introduced to one of his most mysterious works of art - "The Sacred and Profane Love". To this day, art historians disagree with the meaning and subjects in this painting. On our Borghese tour, you can decide for yourself.
It's not often that you get the chance to see a Leonardo da Vinci painting in person. Inside the Borghese Gallery, you'll not only find works by Caravaggio and Bernini, but also by many other famous artists. To name a few, you'll see playboy Raphael's "Deposition of Christ", Canova's "Paolinia Bonaparte", "Leda and the Swan" by Da Vinci and much much more!
Your Borghese experience ends after 2 hours of admiring priceless works of art and hearing all the insider secrets and stories behind them. Your guide will lead you out of the museum and into the Borghese Gardens. Here, you will be directed towards some of the most scenic areas inside of the park. Don't forget to ask your guide for suggestions on where to eat, drink and dance (you're on vacation!). All of our guides are local to Rome so have plenty of suggestions to help you make the most of each day in the beautiful Eternal City.
Join us on this Borghese Gallery Guided Tour for storytelling at its finest, and be prepared to go on a special journey through the lives of these brilliant artists and their artworks!
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** The Borghese Gallery is constantly lending out artwork to exhibits all over the world. The collection is so grand you can hardly notice, but do not hold The Roman Guy responsible if a piece of artwork that you wish to see is not there.** There is no specific dress code for the Borghese Gallery.---If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Borghese private tour.
In front of the Museum entrance, at the bottom of the stairs. Your guide will be holding a sign with "The Roman Guy" on it.
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This was our fourth trip to Rome, but our first guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and wow what an amazing gallery. There's so much to see you don'tThis was our fourth trip to Rome, but our first guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and wow what an amazing gallery. There's so much to see you don't know where to look without a guide...more
Incredible collection of paintings and sculptures located in a beautiful setting. The gardens were great too. Must see in Rome, and the Roman Guy guidIncredible collection of paintings and sculptures located in a beautiful setting. The gardens were great too. Must see in Rome, and the Roman Guy guide was amazing!..more
I have been to Rome a few times but this was my first time to the Borghese Gallery! What a wonderful experience and the guide was very informative...lI have been to Rome a few times but this was my first time to the Borghese Gallery! What a wonderful experience and the guide was very informative...learned so much I never would have without having this guided tour! Highly recommend :)..more
This tour was amazing. Tour guide went into depth about the artwork and sculptures. The tour ran smooth, and entertaining. This is my second time in RThis tour was amazing. Tour guide went into depth about the artwork and sculptures. The tour ran smooth, and entertaining. This is my second time in Rome and I did a lot of research before booking this tour. I'm glad I went with The Roman Guy. Customer service and communication was exceptional!..more
Really good tour. Hadn't even thought about visiting the Borghese, but as it was my second time in Rome I decided to branch out beyond the Colosseum aReally good tour. Hadn't even thought about visiting the Borghese, but as it was my second time in Rome I decided to branch out beyond the Colosseum and Vatican. Was glad I did and our tour guide Raf was great...more