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Borghese Gallery Group Tour
Tour Duration: 3 hours
This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Borghese Gallery and its gardens, among the largest in Rome. Inside the Galleria Borghese many works of art are preserved: ancient mosaics, sculptures, carvings and paintings of great value from the 15th and the 18th century. The art collections housed in the Galleria were originally set up by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and included masterpieces by the greatest artists ever existed such as Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures by Canova. You will also have the chance to admire some works from Bernini, the artist who designed some of the most important works of art in Rome, including “Apollo and Daphne” and “The Rape of Proserpina”. The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione’s collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese – Paolo V’s sister – and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over three centuries, entailing both losses and acquisition, have left their mark. Cardinal Scipione was naturally drawn to any works of ancient, Renaissance and contemporary art which might re-evoke a new golden age. He was not particularly interested in medieval art, but passionately sought to acquire antique sculptures. But Cardinal Scipione was so ambitious that he promoted the creation of new sculptures and especially marble groups to rival antique works. The statue of Pauline Bonaparte, executed by Canova between 1805 and 1808, has been in the villa since 1838. In 1807, Camillo Borghese sold Napoleon 154 statues, 160 busts, 170 bas-reliefs, 30 columns and several vases, that are nowadays the Borghese Collection in the Louvre. Anyway, by the 1830s new finds from recent excavations and works recuperated from the cellars of other Borghese residences, have filled these gaps in the Borghese collection.
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide.
- Tickets and all reservations fees to the Borghese Gallery. Skip the line access.
- Guided walking tour of the Villa Borghese Gardens.
- Infants 0-3 years : Free. Reduced tickets for children aged 4 to 14.
- Groups no larger than 20 people.
Meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour, in Piazzale del Museo Borghese, in front of the Borghese Gallery Main Entrance. (Villa Borghese entrance on via Pinciana).