Rome Tours
Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian
5

Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian

By Joy of Rome Tours
Recommended by 100% of travelers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Make the most of a visit to the Borghese Gallery in Rome with this tour led by an art historian guide. Commentary from an expert accompanies seeing paintings and sculptures by Italian masters including Caravaggio and Bernini. The tour finishes with a walk through the Villa Borghese Gardens.
from
$276.29
per adult (price varies by group size)
Lowest price guarantee

Ages 0-99
Duration: 2h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Italian
More

Highlights
  • Skip-the-line access to the Borghese Gallery
  • Led by an art historian guide
  • Learn about the gallery’s renowned collection from an expert
  • Explore the Villa Borghese Gardens at your leisure

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Entrance fees are not included in the tour price
  • Full price €15. In case of temporary exibitions inside the Gallery, the price will raise up to 20
  • European Union citizens between 18 and 25 years old are free (€5 mandatory service charge); Tickets will be paid on site and are not refundable
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese
  • Entry/Admission - Galleria Borghese

Meet your art historian guide at the Galleria Borghese to learn about ancient Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque artworks. Inside the gallery, see work by Italian masters including Caravaggio, Bernini, and Titian. Your expert guide shares stories about the artists and the individual paintings, such as Caravaggio’s “Boy with a Basket of Fruit.” In addition to the paintings, the gallery includes an impressive collection of sculptures, including a statue of Pauline Bonaparte sculpted by Canova. After exploring the gallery, the tour finishes with a stroll in the Villa Borghese Gardens. Entrance fees to the gallery are not included in the tour.

Start:
  • Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
    Look for the Guide with a Joy of Rome sign at the entrance of the gallery (outside the ticket office).
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21986P6

    • Entrance fees are not included in the tour price
    • Tickets will be paid on site and are not refundable
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Availability for tickets cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
    • Closed on Monday, December 25th, January 1st
    • The tour runs upon ticket availability. Borghese Gallery accepts only 300 people every two hours
    • If you choose MORNING , the starting time will be 8:30am on summer time and 10.30 am during winter(according to ticket availability)
    • If you choose AFTERNOON, the starting time will be at 4:30pm (according to tickets availability)
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21986P6

    Reserve your spot

    Similar experiences

    Itinerary
    • Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
      Look for the Guide with a Joy of Rome sign at the entrance of the gallery (outside the ticket office).
    • 1
    • 2
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Joy of Rome Tours
      1,269
      Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Joined in October 2013
    • Y8304WNkarend
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous!
      Dario was a fabulous tour guide! So knowledgeable and clearly has a passion for history, but he was also very personable and we felt comfortable and at ease with him right away. For the three months leading up to our trip, he was in regular communication with me, sending me tips and recommendations that would help us during our trip. On the tour, he went out of his way to send me places to visit at our next stop on the Almafi coast. He also took his time with us, even going over our agreed upon time a slot, which we really appreciated. We felt like friends visiting his city, rather than customers. Book with Dario and you’re sure to have a great experience. Ciao!
      Written June 12, 2024
    • Sightseer59704889918
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience exploring Ancient Rome
      Our group of 4 (Mom, Mother-in-law and two teenage girls) did the walking tour of Ancient Rome which included the Pantheon, Forum and Colosseum. Our guide, Dario, was fantastic - very insightful and helpful in bringing these ancient places to life. He was knowledgeable about the sites, with pictures and descriptions to show how they looked two thousand years ago. He was also able to answer all of our extra questions about culture of those times and curiousities about present day Rome. In addition to his professionalism, he was incredibly patient and accommodating of our group and our need to rest with my elderly MiL’s injured back. It made the tour enjoyable for everyone. My family highly recommends investing in tours with local and knowledgeable guides and we think Joy of Rome has the best!
      Written June 10, 2024
    • Janisdl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family visit if Rome
      Taking guided tours with Joy of Rome during 2 full days was an excellent decision. We enjoyed and learned so much more than going our own way. Francesca and Dario were so knowledgeable, interesting and friendly that we enjoyed every minute of our tours. Thank you so much for an exceptional service!!
      Written June 4, 2024
    • F7384CVtaylorc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience with kids in the Colosseum
      We had a phenomenal experience with Maria, our Colosseum guide from Joy of Rome. She was friendly and engaging from the first moments, taking special interest in our son (10 years) and daughter (8 years). She whisked us right to the front of the line and helped us negotiate the ticket-taking and ID check process. Once inside, she knew the Colosseum comprehensively, stopping to point out interesting facts and details. She was constantly asking questions of the kids and getting them to use their imaginations, explaining Roman history in a way that was appropriate for them. An impromptu bathroom break was no problem, and we resumed our tour. Maria had a bag full of activities to match the several exhibits she showed us, which the kids enjoyed completing. Maria also knew some of the best spots for views and photos, allowing us breaks to take snapshots. Keeping the kids' attention for 2+ hours is not easy, yet Maria was able to do it through her thoughtful questions and friendly nature. Easily the best tour guide we've ever had, anywhere. Her help with the logistics (tickets/lines) alone would have made the cost worth it; we got so much more out of the experience, for which we are very grateful. Also worth noting that Alexandra from Joy of Rome, with whom we corresponded before and after the visit, was extremely helpful and provided all the details we needed before our arrival. Can't say enough good things about Joy of Rome generally, and Maria specifically. We've enthusiastically recommended Joy of Rome to all our friends with kids who are considering taking kids to Rome. Our 2 hours with Maria were the highlight of our vacation!
      Written April 7, 2024
    • beverlyunited
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Coliseum tour with Dario
      Dario was fantastic. He was thorough, personable and professional. I would recommend this company and use them again!!!!
      Written April 1, 2024
    • JenK105
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A brilliant museum
      So enjoyed our few hours in the Capitoline Museum, we purchased our tickets at the door only queued for a few minutes. Definitely worth a visit, a huge amount to see and very spacious. There is an incredible vista from the lower level, we spent 10mins complete alone taking beautiful photos of the city. Perfect
      Written March 4, 2024
    • Z5655NWandrewd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      You must visit this museum!
      I couldn't find a page for the official museums so i'll review here even if I don't know Joy of Rome Tours (i'm sure you are wonderful). For me, this museum was the best place I visited in Rome. Incredible artefacts from ancient Rome can be found inside and it's not so busy either.
      Written February 28, 2024
    • Kelly G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Personal tours are the way to go!
      My friends and I had an excellent tour of the Franciscan Crypts and the Catacombs with Marco. We highly recommend Joy of Rome and guides, Francesca, Marco and Grace. I met Francesca in 2015 and enjoyed the tours so much, I booked them again for my recent trip in October. Grace was our guide for the Colosseum and the Forum. The guides are so knowledgeable and have a great sense of humor. These tours were the best part of our trip….and that is saying something! Everything is amazing in Italy!! Thank you, Joy of Rome!!
      Written January 13, 2024
    • Ami D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Second Amazing Experience with Fracesca
      This is the second time Francesca has been our guide at The Vatican. The first time was in 2017 for just my husband and me. This time we brought our niece and her roommate and Francesca did not disappoint. She is phenomenal! Her love of the Vatican, the art, and Rome shines through. She is able to bring everything to life and make it real with her stories and knowledge. We sought out Joy of Rome and Francesca this time because our first experience was so amazing. Since she was our guide in 2017, we have done a great deal of traveling all over the world and we compare every tour guide to Francesca. It is actually a conversion we have after every tour. "Was this one as good as Francesca?" No one has come close. Thank you, Francesca! This is a picture of my husband and me with Francesca in 2017 and again this year. She hasn't aged a bit!
      Written December 19, 2023
    • 272juliusb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent museum and guide!
      Amazing tour! Excellent guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her passion for the museum made it even more interesting and exciting. We will remember her and the museum fondly. If you like to hear the history of art and artifacts as you view them, this is the tour and tour for you.
      Written October 22, 2023
    • DallasTravelingmom
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful tour off the beaten path
      Wonderful tour! Ilaria was our tour guide -- in fact she was our guide for 3 Joy of Rome tours -- and she was wonderful. Very knowledgeable. English was great. This tour was wonderful because it was off the beaten path without 1000s of tourists, but yet it was easy to get to and taught us something new. We highly recommend!!
      Written October 4, 2023
    • gracerT3971DM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Tour Guide!
      This was the best tour we had in Italy! Grace was an amazing guide, so knowledgeable and helpful. The Vatican is so big and overwhelming but she made it enjoyable for our entire group ages 24-85. I can't recommend enough! SO worth it to have a private guide - no waiting in lines. Especially great because we were short on time in Rome. Thank you Grace and Joy of Rome!!
      Written October 3, 2023
    • Goannac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Trastevere & surrounds food tour
      Awesome food tour with Dario! We loved the integration of food, history and culture shared through Dario’s great storytelling and humour! Totally recommend this tour
      Written September 24, 2023
    • Pyewacket2
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect tour
      Sylvia was on time. She spoke both Italian and English which was perfect for our group. She was friendly and quite knowledgeable and researched information on her tablet. We were very happy with her. Sylvia era perfetta. Lei parla inglesi ed italianio. Lei sa motto cose e a fato on buon lavoro con noi - con tutti i nostri domande. Molto gentile.
      Written September 6, 2023
    • H9412UWdaniellev
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Vatican by Night Tour
      I took the Vatican by Night Tour in August 2023 with my two sons, aged 19 and 22. Laura was our wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide for the evening. The tour was perfectly paced, Laura stopping for extra attention in the pieces we found most interesting. The evening tour was special with fewer crowding and a more enjoyable pace and visit. I highly recommend Joy of Rome and will use them for our next visit!
      Written August 27, 2023
    See all 1,269 reviews
    These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

    Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

    Popular mentions

    5.0
    5.0 of 5 bubbles22 reviews
    Excellent
    22
    Very good
    0
    Average
    0
    Poor
    0
    Terrible
    0

    kmsc_1
    Basel, Switzerland80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    This was our third tour with Joy of Rome and second with Francesca. She has a gift for bringing the stories behind the artworks to life and sharing her enthusiasm. Highly recommended. I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Rome and will certainly include another tour with Joy of Rome.
    Written January 13, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    DallasTravelingmom
    Dallas47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Couples
    What a wonderful museum! The Borghese Gallery is unique for its history and we would have missed so much if we hadn't one with Ilaria from Joy of Rome. She clearly adores the Gallery and knows so much. She was the perfect guide and seeing the museum was such a treat. Timed entry is very important as they limit the number of visitors very strictly and you have to check all your purses (so I didn't take one). A must see!!
    Written October 4, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    John Anderson
    Perth, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2019 • Couples
    Francesca was one of the most awesome tour guides. Her knowledge, passion and depth of emotion with the information she passed on was ABSOLUTELY magnificent..just do it but book early otherwise you won’t get in !
    Written May 3, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    tzeelal
    Tel Aviv, Israel23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful private tour of the Borghese Gallery with Marta.
    Marta is a very knowledgable guide, enthusiastic, and she really went out her way to make our visit a special one. She is a ten in my book 😊
    Written October 15, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    lubyjr
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2019 • Family
    Got to museum 1st thing in the morning spent 3 hours going thru the art, Luca kept my 15yr old son engaged, asking questions and wanting to see more. He considered this the best tour we took while in Italy. Don't short change yourself but not getting this tour, unless you have a art history degree, you will miss so much
    Written May 26, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Veronica B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Couples
    Francesca’s knowledge of art history and her charming and warm personality are a winning combination.
    Written October 3, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    mrj15072019
    Dallas, TX1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019
    Francesca was our tour guide on our first trip abroad about five years ago. She set the bar extremely high. We have since been to several countries and cities, with several great tour guides, but Francesca is the best!

    We recently had a private tour with her through the Borghese Gallery in Rome. She was outstanding. I know very little about art, and this is the first time I ever enjoyed an art gallery so much. Wow! She is knowledgeable, friendly, interesting, insightful, helpful, etc. etc. Francesca knows her craft, able to precisely explain the details of the various pieces and how they fit into the grand art history timetable. I could not recommend her enough. She is delightful and such a joy to be with. Thank you Francesca

    Michael and Rebecca J.
    Dallas, Texas
    Written November 11, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Alison V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2019 • Solo
    Do more than just tour the sites of Rome. This group of educated professional historians will help you see, feel, smell, taste and experience Rome the way the Romans did. Ever wonder what that painter or sculptor was thinking of and trying to create? Learn the stories and meaning behind many of these works of art that you won’t forget. See how our present is closely connected to Rome’s past. Do you or a family member have difficulty walking or children of baring ages? Don’t hesitate to have them guide you. They will accommodate you with ease, style and grace. They will make your trip such a “JOY” and one you will never forget!
    Written November 7, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Debra
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019
    I wish I could give Francesca more stars. She is an excellent guide. Passionate about art, art history and providing context. Her tour runs in a manner that allows you to experience the art with as few distractions as possible. I only wish I had more time in the Borghese with Francesca.
    Written October 18, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    SF-JOG
    San Francisco, CA67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were just two on a private tour of the Borghese Gallery with Francesca. She was very knowledgeable and gave use insights and interesting background stories about the artists and the Borghese family. It was fun to hear about everything from someone who is so passionate about sharing art history.
    Written September 10, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Showing results 1-10 of 18

    Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian provided by Joy of Rome Tours

    All Rome HotelsRome Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Rome
    All things to do in Rome
    Day Trips in Rome
    RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars