"One of the most beautiful museums in Italy, if not the world ..."
Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese was especially a collector of antique sculpture, but was also a patron of contemporary artists and commissioned work from, amongst others, Caravaggio, Bernini, Domenichino and Rubens.
It was to house these works of art and to have a venue for his summer parties and musical evenings that work began in the early 1600's on the Galleria Borghese - no corners were cut in the construction, and the palace is a celebration of the splendours of the ancient Roman Empire.
The building was sold to the Italian government in 1902, along with the entire Borghese estate and surrounding gardens and parkland.
Included with your tickets is an e-book guide to the Borghese Gallery, written by two prominent Italian Art Historians and available to download as epub (for iPad and iPhone, Android, and many ebook readers), mobi (for Kindle) and PDF for pretty much everything else.
The buttons below will give greater detail on the tickets and tours we offer throughout the year, and do use our calendar above to check availability!
Often cited by visitors as being the favourite of all galleries visited, we have some history and images on this page, and you can view a location map here below.
The Borghese Gallery is closed every Monday and is open from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM; you have five two-hour time slots to choose for your visit (you must leave the gallery at the end of your two hour period).
Reservation is mandatory, without exception. Numbers of visitors are restricted to 360 people every two hours, and to ensure a regular and steady flow it is essential to have a well-controlled advance booking system. And that's where tickitaly can help - let us know your date and time preferences and we'll arrange for your tickets to be waiting at the gallery - it is a REQUIREMENT that you pick up your tickets at least thirty minutes prior to entry.
During the order process you can specify that you're flexible on timing - we strongly advise you do this in order to maximise your chances of getting in on the day you want!
Prices include booking fees and service charges, and also cover entrance to any special exhibitions that may be showing during your visit. There is no charge whatsoever for children under two years of age (they do not need to reserve). Anyone under the age of 18 does not need to pay the entry price; there is still, however, a charge to cover booking fees, service charges and entry to special exhibits. We are only able to make bookings of this sort if they are part of a paying group. Furthermore, EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 qualify for reduced price tickets.
Please note that if you are a group of more than 4 people and you are using your own tour guide, or have someone in your own group acting as a tour guide, then new Borghese Gallery regulations (as with many museums in Italy) mean there is an extra charge to pay for your group, currently 70 Euro - please contact us to arrange such a booking (such bookings are only possible with a minimum of 3 weeks notice). To be clear, this only applies if your group will have a tour guide, it does not apply to large groups without a tour guide.
How you'll get your tickets:
To reserve tickets for the Borghese Gallery, just fill out the booking form, give us your preference for date and time (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out/download your entry voucher. Print it out or save on your mobile device, take it with you to the gallery and present it at the ticket desk ... they will swap it for your entry ticket, which will be waiting for you. As simple as that!
The exhibits are spread across the upper 2 floors, with the shop, services and cafe in the (semi) below-ground level. Disabled visitors may colelct their tickets via a side door (the right hand side, when facing the facade of the gallery). Entrance will then be at the rear of the building, in Piazzale Scipione Borghese, number 5 - there is then a lift to the second floor. Large wheelchairs may not fit into the lift, but the gallery provides wheelchairs on all 3 floors should this be an issue.
Please note - you must present yourself at the galleries at the time specified on your booking voucher - admittance will not be granted at other times. Please also be prepared to show some ID - It is sometimes difficult for Italian officials to understand that not all countries require their citizens to carry ID cards, if indeed they are issued in said countries at all. You will often find that nothing other than a Passport or Driving Licence (with photograph) will suffice.
We have a page here that covers some of the history of the gallery, together with a selection of images.
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