Galleria Borghese

The Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery is an elegant palace with remarkable artworks, mostly from fourteenth and fifteens centuries. It is mandatory for visiting and extremely popular among English speakers. Moreover, the Gallery considered as one of the most famed art museums in the whole world. Not only the Gallery attracts visitors, but also amazing gardens that surround it and the third largest park in Rome, where Galleria Borghese located. There is an entrance fee and you can also use Roma Pass to go inside.


Previously, the Villa Borghese was the summer residence of the Borghese family. It was built in 1600’s. In 1605, Camillo Borghese became Pope Paul V and his nephew, Scipione Borghese (1577 – 1633), decorated and furnished the Galleria according to his tastes.

In 1800’s, when Rome was under French rule, another Camillo Borghese, a prince, married a member of Bonaparte family, Paolina. In 1807, Prince Borghese gave about 500 pieces of art from the Borghese Gallery to Napoleon, and today you can find them in the Louvre in Paris.

However, in 1902, the Borghese family sold the villa and all the masterpieces to Italy


The Borghese Gallery has a lot of masterpieces as ancient sculptures and marvelous collecions.

The Galleria Borghese has a substantial part of the collection begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577 – 1633), who was a nephew of Pope Paul V

It was called the most beautiful collection in the world and was assembled in 1607 by Cardinal Borghese. Moreover, it was considered one of the largest collections of his time. The first set of paintings consisted of masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael, Rubens, Botticelli. Talking about his collection of ancient sculptures, the extraordinary mixture of modern and classical statuaries made it universal and impressive.

the Borghese Gallery

From 1615 to 1623, Gian Lorenzo Bernini executed his favorite artworks for the cardinal and you can still find in the Galleria Borghese: the Aeneas and Anchises, the Rape of Prosperina, the David, and the Apollo and Daphne. Each of these masterpieces placed in the middle of every room and link the entire decorative theme. Moreover, they have never been moved.

Galleria Borghese

The ground floor represents works of classic antiquities from the first to the third centuries A.D. There you will find marvelous sculptures as well as impressive mosaics and frescoes that decorate the walls and ceilings. Moreover, the décor consists of marbles, inlays, stuccowork, and different insertions of antiquity.

The works are displayed in the 20 rooms with frescoes

Also, more than 260 paintings located in the Galleria Borghese’s storage rooms, which can be visited upon booking. Importantly, for security reasons, access to the Museum is limited to two hours with a maximum of 360 people at a time.


The Galleria Borghese is one of the most impressive museums in the world. Undoubtedly, it will be interesting for all ages. However, since it is extremely popular, booking in advance is mandatory and you won’t be able to go in without a pre-paid admissions ticket. There are two ways to reserve a ticket: online or by phone. I advise you to book a ticket in advance to make sure that tickets for your date aren’t sold out.

Galleria Borghese

The official website of the Gallery for reservations and information is here

The Galleria Borghese is part of the Roma Pass and Roma
& Più Pass

Ticket booking is in any case obligatory.

Visitors possessing the Roma Pass are requested to make a reservation by phoning (+39) 06 32810

Moreover, when you choose a ticket, you have to choose among several categories + pay 2 euro presale fee.

Guided tour in English or Italian included in the price of the ticket

The admission charge may be higher when there are temporary exhibitions. Tickets will not be refunded or exchanged.

  • Address: P.zzale del Museo Borghese 00197 ROMA
  • Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm
  • Information and tickets booking: (+39) 06 32810
  • E-mail:
  • Free WIFI for the visitors of the Museum
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Author: Yekaterina Zusmann

Yekaterina Zusmann
For the last five years I live in Rome, Italy. Recently, I've graduated from the American university of John Cabot with major in communication and minor in entrepreneurship. I have a passion for writing, traveling, and exploring new things.