Galleria Borghese Overview

The Galleria Borghese is a very famous art gallery with lots of valuable artworks and sculptures from many years ago. It's in Rome, a beautiful city, and is part of a big fancy house and museum surrounded by lovely gardens. Inside the building, there are paintings and sculptures made by important Italian artists like Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, and Raphael from a long time ago.


When you go to the Galleria Borghese, you can see a big collection of special paintings, sculptures, and old things from the Baroque time. They're displayed in 20 rooms on two floors. Some of the most famous artworks in the museum are 'Apollo and Daphne' by Bernini, 'Saint Jerome Writing' by Caravaggio, and 'Lady with a Unicorn' by Raphael. Besides looking at these amazing artworks, you can also explore the Villa Borghese gardens. There, you can see beautiful plants, animals, and other cool stuff.


If you really like art and want to learn about a special kind of art called Baroque, you should definitely visit this museum. To make sure you don't have to wait in long lines, it's a good idea to buy your Galleria Borghese tickets online before you go. This way, you can have a wonderful time enjoying all the art.

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Highlights
  • Visit the Borghese Gallery in Rome and see a collection of artworks by famous artists like Caravaggio, Canova, and Bernini.

  • Admire sculptures by the famous artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, including Apollo and Daphne & David.

  • Explore the exhibit featuring a huge collection of beautiful paintings by Caravaggio like Boy with a Basket of Fruit and David with the Head of Goliath.

  • Stroll through the elegant 17th-century Villa Borghese Pinciana and take in the views of the picturesque gardens with various statues and fountains. 

  • Reserve your spot by booking last-minute entrance tickets for this otherwise sold-out attraction.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • There could be a short line for security check.
  • Not allowed- baby strollers, luggage or large bags and baby carriages.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival and entry.
  • Audio guides are available and can be downloaded.
  • Participants are required to reach 15 minutes before the chosen time slot.
  • Please note that the time slots may be subject to slight variations, and we will allocate a time slot available within a 30-minute window before or after your initial selection.
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Galleria Borghese Highlights

Cardinal Scipione Borghese
Cardinal Scipione Borghese

Cardinal Scipione Borghese was the nephew of Pope Paul V, an art curator, and the owner of Villa Borghese which is now an art museum. Among the many artworks that the Cardinal commissioned, one was his own sculpture. The portrait sculptures were created in marble by famed Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1632.These quarter-length busts portray Cardinal Scipione Borghese dressed as a cardinal of the Roman Church, complete with robes and a biretta. Although only one sculpture was commissioned, Bernini had to create another as there was a visible fracture in the first version. Today, both marble portrait sculptures can be viewed at Galleria Borghese.

David
David

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's life-size sculpture of David is a sight to behold. It was one of many artworks commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to embellish his residence. The statue is still on display at the Galleria Borghese, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. The sculpture depicts the biblical David poised to throw the stone that will knock down Goliath, allowing David to behead him. From 1623 to 1624, the entire sculpture took seven months to create and is noted for its superb depiction of psychological tension and implied movement.

Marcus Curtius
Marcus Curtius

This 220 m towering marble statue is the result of multiple reworkings of an ancient archeological treasure, a Pentelic marble horse. Gian Lorenzo's father, Pietro Bernini, restored the monument in 1617. Bernini added the rider figure during the restoration to represent the Roman fable in which Marcus Curtius throws himself into the chasm. This sculpture was initially exhibited on the exterior of the Borghese Gallery. It was later relocated inside the Borghese gallery, where it may still be viewed today.

Statue of the Sleeping Hermaphroditus
Statue of the Sleeping Hermaphroditus

The Sleeping Hermaphroditus is a marble sculpture created by the renowned Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The life-size sculpture depicts the Greek God Hermaphroditus lying naked on a mattress. It is inspired by ancient depictions of Venus and other female nudes that were popular themes during the time. The Sleeping Hermaphroditus, discovered in Rome, was claimed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese and eventually became a part of his art collection. This artwork is one of the most admired pieces in the Galleria Borghese from the 17th century.

Proserpina
Proserpina

This marble sculpture is undoubtedly Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most famous and dramatic masterpiece. The Rape of Proserpina, like most of his works, was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Bernini finished this sculpture when he was only 23 years old, between 1621 and 1622. The Rape of Prosperina (rape here refers to kidnapping rather than sexual violence) is a great example of Bernini's anatomical skill and ability to give marble the illusion of human skin. You can still find the sculpture standing powerfully in the Room of Emperors at the Borghese Gallery.

Galleria Borghese Paintings

The Hunt of Diana
The Hunt of Diana

The Hunt of Diana, also known as the Archery Contest of Diana and Her Nymphs, was painted by Italian artist Domenichino in 1616 for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. This picture represents a mythological scene in which Goddess Diana, wearing a crescent moon tiara, plays archery with a group of nymphs. The reason why you can find it in the private art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese is that he had stolen the painting from its original owner. It is still housed in Borghese's residence and is one of several Baroque masterpieces on display there.

The Young Sick Bacchus
The Young Sick Bacchus

This is yet another masterpiece that was seized by Cardinal Scipione Borghese from its original owner Giuseppe Cesari. The Young Sick Bacchus is a classic painting made by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio during his early years in Rome. It is, in fact, a self-portrait of Caravaggio munching a bunch of grapes. The artist is thought to have painted this portrait using a mirror. If you're wondering why the painting title includes the word 'sick,' it's because Caravaggio was sick at the time, presumably from malaria. This is seen in his yellowish skin tone and icterus in his eyes.

Melissa
Melissa

Dating back to 1558, Melissa is a beautiful painting created by the renowned artist Dosso Dossi. Although the subject of this artwork is Melissa, the sorceress Circe of Homer, it is the dog sitting beside her that catches the viewer’s attention. In this painting, Dossi has rendered the dog’s face with human traits such as nose and lips. Melissa’s gaze also draws the viewer’s attention to the tree where some human-like shapes are hanging. It is believed that these figures were a small group of warriors who were turned into puppets by the mistress of enchantments, Alcina.

David With the Head of Goliath
David With the Head of Goliath

The mythological figure of David has always been a favourite subject among sculptors and painters. This painting by Caravaggio is inspired by the story of David and Goliath. However, it is believed that this artwork is actually a double self-portrait wherein the young Caravaggio (David) is holding the head of the adult Caravaggio (Goliath). Hence, more than being just a depiction of a fable, this painting also highlights the mental stance of Caravaggio when he created this art piece. You can view this painting in the Sinelus Room at the Borghese Gallery.

Brief History of Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese, located in the heart of Rome, previously served as the residence of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Galleria Borghese is famed for its architecture and the Villa Gardens, in addition to the private collection of paintings and sculptures curated by Cardinal Borghese himself. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, commissioned the construction of this building and the gardens in 1613. It was designed by architect Flaminio Ponzio and decorated with the artworks by renowned artists like Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and Veronese.

Due to financial restrictions, a section of the huge Borghese art collection fell into the hands of the French in the nineteenth century. Some of these pieces can still be found in the Louvre Museum in France. In 1902, the entire Borghese estate was acquired by the Roman government which decided to convert the place into an art museum and its gardens into a public space. Today, the Borghese Gallery houses one of the largest collections of Baroque-style artworks from the 17th and 18th centuries and attracts over 6 million art enthusiasts every year.

Plan your Borghese Gallery Visit

How to get to Galleria Borghese
Tips to visit Galleria Borghese
How to get to Galleria Borghese

By metro: Line A will take you to Spagna or Flaminio. If you exit at Flaminio, go to Piazza del Popolo and ascend the short flight of stairs to Pincio Hill. You'll reach Galleria Borghese in 10 minutes. If you stop at Spagna, climb the Spanish Steps up to the first left, which leads to the Borghese Gardens.

By bus: You can take bus 116 from Termini Station to Galleria Borghese, or 910 from Termini Station to Pinciana/Museo Borghese.

By tiny car: To protect its historic city centre, Rome maintains a Zona a traffico limitato (ZTL). Drivers in Rome are also prone to cause you harm. Hence, it is advisable to park your compact car near the ZTL and take a bus or metro to the Borghese Gallery.

Location: The Borghese Gallery is centrally located in the city of Rome at Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy.

Opening Hours: While booking your Borghese Gallery tickets, you will have to select from among the following time slots. Your Borghese Gallery ticket would be valid for two hours. - 9 am to 11 am- 11 am to 1 pm- 1 pm to 3 pm- 3 pm to 5 pm- 5 pm to 7 pm

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