Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese
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These lavish 17th-century gardens on Pincian Hill is one of the largest urban parks in Rome and the perfect place for appreciating Roman art amidst landscaped greenery. Built on a former vineyard, Villa Borghese now houses Galleria Borghese, one of the top art galleries in the world, along with sculptures and fountains littered throughout the park. Don't miss the spectacular views of Rome near the Popolo Piazza entrance too. The gardens are lovely for a stroll, though a bicycle or golf cart tour will let you cover its extensive grounds more quickly. – Tripadvisor
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Escape from the Busy City
    This is a large, beautiful park with nice walkways, ponds, statues, benches, gardens, and an art gallery. It makes for a nice escape from the loud and busy streets of Rome. You can rent bikes or boats, or just stroll. There's a cafe too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely park
    The park is quite nice to stroll around in, with many things to see and do. There are lots of statues, fountains and benches as well as all of the beautiful greenery. You can rent bikes or boats and there's a cafe too. I loved seeing all of the turtles swimming in the pond and the abundance of green parrots flying overhead. We were unable to get tickets to the gallery before they sold out, but decided to visit the park anyway and I am so glad we did. It was a nice break from the more crowded tourist areas. Worth mentioning is that this park is quite large and it is easy to get turned around, so you may want to use google maps to determine what landmarks you would like to see and head to that area. Also, there are a lot of mosquitos near the bodies of water so you may want insect repellent.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Babak S
    Bloomington, Indiana14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect escape from the busy Roman streets
    A great park full of history, shades, and places to unwind and get away from the bustling streets of Rome. I chose Villa Borghese for my morning run in our quick pass through Rome and there were already many others walking and running at 6:30am. Housed here are also a museum and the Zoo (which I didn't visit).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Jade
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views
    Beautiful views of the city from the terrace area, lovely walks and lots of shady spots. There are plenty of opportunities to get refreshments from fountains, stands and a little restaurant. The boating lake was a highlight of our trip and a bargain for only 4 euros per person for 20 minutes. The only problem is a lack of toilet facilities and you have to pay cash to use them.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • JoJ
    London, United Kingdom664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    Possibly my favourite place in Rome. It’s simply stunning. The Bernini Apollo and Daphne is out of this world. Tickets get booked well in advance so plan ahead and do not attempt to try and get on the day tickets as you may be disappointed. We booked through a guide which gave us a time slot. Limited bookings mean the gallery never feels too crowded. It’s so stunning, you won’t be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Kim D
    Norwich, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty to see
    Lovely huge park with plenty to see and many interesting statues. Makes a wonderful break from the busier sites in Rome. While nice to stroll around, it can be hard to navigate as the maps aren't very detailed and sometimes missing the "You Are Here" marker. While free to enter, you do have to pay to access things like the zoo and Galleria Borghese. Be warned that the gallery only allows entrance to a limited number of people per day, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Karim Maarouf
    Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
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    Beautiful Gardens
    Very large gardens. You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring them or rent a bike to ride around. The gallery also houses some interesting artefacts. Worth a visit, especially to escape the crowds in Rome.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Emma S
    Basildon, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and quiet part of the city
    We loved it here! After the hustle and bustle and busyness of the city it was nice to find some peace and quiet amongst art and nature. Be prepared, you have to walk up some steps to get up there but it is a stop on the Big Bus tours and I’m sure other buses stop off there. Lots of parakeets and other birds to see and I was quite happy in the little cafe trying to photograph them. It’s quite a big site and you can hire bikes to have a look about but it’s quite nice to have a walkabout and explore and lots of trees so plenty of shade. Beautiful in Autumn! The gallery here sells out quickly so if you want to go in, pre book in advance.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Mary Jane E
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect two hours at the Borghese Galleries
    The Borghese Gallery wisely requires a reservation which limits the number of people entering at any time. This you never feel crowded or uncomfortable. The Villa with its painted ceilings and marble decor is fabulous but it is filled with great art also. Roman sculpture but also Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, and now there is a marvelous exhibit of work done by Rubens during his time in Italy. We had a bite in their lovely cafe. Also purchased the English audio guide which I recommend. Great museum!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Nancy J
    Tirana, Albania28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure trove of high quality art from floor to ceiling covered with paintings and filled with marvelous sculptures.
    Actually visited 2013 with 4 children 7 - 16. Absolutely fabulous, compact mansion. Everything from ceiling to floor is art, and the rooms are filled with classic paintings and sculptures. A treasure trove for the artist and art historian.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 7, 2023
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inthecityintherain
Los Angeles, CA1,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Limited occupancy and mandatory reservations set this amazing museum apart from the others. You are afforded the bliss of being alone in a room with the works of Bernini, Canova, and Caravaggio. The collection is remarkable and well-spaced. The gardens are a delight to meander through when finished visiting the museum.
Written July 15, 2020
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William P
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Jan 2023 • Couples
Please be careful to have all your booking information in order for your entry into the villa when you arrive as its security is tighter than a bank vault!!!!! And the staff have an attitude match.

We made our reservation online via the overly complicated booking website that also requires an extra €2 charge for the pleasure of trying to navigate its labyrinth-like system, but was an “unmissable experience when visiting Rome” so I decided to attempt to buy two tickets.

When we arrived at the villa we passed a line of angry-looking ladies and gentlemen being refused entry at the door” the museum is full no booking no entry” was the cry from the guards on the door. Oh well feeling very smug with myself I presented my tickets and was allowed in and directed to the main ticket desk where we join a small cue to check in at the desk, true to the theme of our visit another group of angry looking visitors were being loudly dismissed from the desk ” the museum is full no booking no entry”. Now secure in the knowledge I had a reservation I confidently presented my booking email to the lady behind the desk and she begins to prepare our tickets, it's at this moment disaster strikes!!!! Hang on a moment you have only booked one ticket not two!! No I protest Im sure I booked two tickets ” the museum is full no booking no entry”. And this was Indeed the case the lady angrily pointed to the posters plastered all over the desk explaining this in many languages and we were sent packing and spent the rest of our time grumpily strolling around the beautiful grounds.

Now please don't interpret this as a letter of complaint as the lady said I had made the mistake of only booking a ticket even though my reservation said (tickets) itdid Indeed only state 1 ticket at the bottom of the very long email confirmation and this is meant as a warning to future visitors, please double check your bookings before arriving.
And to the powers that be at the Borghese museum please could you make the ticket system easier as I wasn't the only visitor that day to be denied the opportunity of enjoying one of the world's greatest collections of art.
Written January 29, 2023
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Deb
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Visited Villa Borghese today- we booked direct on their website and paid for an English guided tour - 15 euros entrance plus 10 euros guided tour. Ludovica is an Art Historian who spoke easy to understand English with a sense of humour bringing everything to life. Having a guide means spending more time with the Berninis, Titians etc - all the must sees! This is not to be missed.
It was a small group of about 12 people. Essential to book tickets in advance.
All bags larger than 7 inches and all umbrellas must be put into bag check room.
Written November 16, 2022
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
If you want to scape the city, then Villa Borghese is a great option. From the Popolo piazza you can hike up on foot or rent a scooter or a second option would be go up on the Spanish (Spagna) steps. Then to your right going up.

At the Popolo Piazza entrance you have a view point of the entire city (as it is one of the highest points in Rome). I imagine that at the end of the day the lights of the city must make is show on it is own. We were there around mid-day.

We found that even the area been green and at all it shows a lack of care. Very sad as it is a historical and important park in Rome. If you can or don't want to walk too much (it is a huge park) you can rent a golf cart for 15 Euros an hour. We were able to do the park driving around in 1 hour. If you stop a lot then 2 hours is enough.
Written October 22, 2022
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windytravel79
Budapest, Hungary1,339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As I know it was the place of pope's villas. Now it is a very big park full of ruins and other attractions. It is very good for outdoor activities inside the city. During the summer the grass is dried but in the fall it is nice.
There is a small lake at the middle with boats which you can rent and paddle.
Written January 16, 2020
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Kim D
Norwich, UK25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely huge park with plenty to see and many interesting statues. Makes a wonderful break from the busier sites in Rome. While nice to stroll around, it can be hard to navigate as the maps aren't very detailed and sometimes missing the "You Are Here" marker.

While free to enter, you do have to pay to access things like the zoo and Galleria Borghese. Be warned that the gallery only allows entrance to a limited number of people per day, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Written September 13, 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Villa Borghese is the park I always return to when I visit Rome. It is huge in size (190 acres) and spectacular at every corner of it. Gorgeous alleys, meadows, green pine groves, the lake, the fountains of all styles, and numerous monuments to famous people... everything is delightful. The jewel in the park is the Borghese family palazzo, home to the most wonderful paintings and masterpieces of sculpture (think the best of Bernini!).

You can walk on the Villa Borghese alley for hours and in any weather... light rain makes it even more romantic.

The park is a treat both for kids and dogs, cyclists and walkers, old and young. This ageless treasure of Rome is such a soothing spot to relax from busy sightseeing in the Eternal City. It is never too crowded and always spectacular.
Written August 18, 2020
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Shellwoodward
Solihull, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited Rome over Christmas and as our hotel was close to this park we decided to visit and we were pleased to have done.

The park has many wonderful features from museums to a zoo with plenty to see and do such as bike hire and rowing.

The park has amazing views over the city.

A must
Written January 3, 2020
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thewordybird
Colchester, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We didn't venture into any of the buildings but the park itself is magnificent. We spent an hour wandering and didn't cover all of it; if we'd had more time we would have hired the pedal-carriage thingies and explored more. Everywhere you turn there are fountains or small monuments or beautiful buildings.
We entered from the Piazza del Popolo up some steep stairs - at some point on the ascent my dad got pickpocketed (we suspect by people that were part of the group dressed as gladiators, trying to have their photo taken with tourists). His wallet was fixed to his belt with a chain but that didn't stop them from lifting it from his pocket and removing the cash. Be alert!
Written February 21, 2020
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Julia W
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
My favourite museum in Rome! Jammed backed with amazing paintings and sculptures the 2 hour timed entry means limited numbers and avoids overcrowding. Beautiful Bernini’s and charismatic Caravaggio’s but load more - it’s all filler no killer. Our guide was fantastic, he brought the villa to life and shared insight of the culture in Scipione Borghese’s time - engaging us all with questions and quizzes! My teens were impressed which was a big win 👍
Written October 30, 2022
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