Villa Borghese

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5 must-sees in the Villa Borghese

Rome's Villa Borghese Gardens provide a holiday within a holiday! Once built as the grounds of an opulent estate, the large park boasts multiple attractions, including one of Italy's leading art galleries! Here's what to see and do on your visit.

  • Galleria Borghese

    1. Galleria Borghese

    The Borghese Gallery is the grounds' premier attraction, boasting masterpieces from Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio, among many others.

  • 2. Cinema Dei Piccoli

    This quaint oddity at the park's southeasternmost entrance is the world's smallest purpose-built cinema! With just 63 seats, it screens kids movies most afternoons.

  • 3. Globe Theatre

    An exact replica of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre in London. The Bard's plays are performed only in Italian, but you can't understand them in English anyway, right?

  • Lake Garden

    4. Lake Garden

    On a sunny day there are few better things to do in Rome than feed the birds or row a rented boat around the Villa's beautifully landscaped Lake Garden.

  • 5. Bioparco di Roma

    Rome's zoo and biopark can be found at the north of the gardens. Highlights include a giraffe terrace, where visitors can meet the lanky beasts face-to-face!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Galleria Borghese is open from 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed every Monday, as well as December 25th and January 1st. Book tickets in advance to beat the queues!

  • How to get there?

    The Borghese Gardens lie to the immediate north of Spagna metro station on Line A. Follow the eastern border of the park to find the museum and gallery.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Galleria is open 8:30AM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets to the Galleria Borghese are €11.00. Several discount options are available. The park is free.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Galleria audioguides are available in several langages for €5. Several garden tours are also available!
  • How to get there
    This attraction is immediately north of the Spagna metro station, or east of the Flaminio metro station.
  • Additional information
    ** Only 360 visitors are allowed into the Galleria every 2 hours, and visit time slots are strictly enforced!
    * Bags and large items must be checked when you enter the Galleria.*

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What people are saying about Villa Borghese

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,037 reviews

Excellent tour with great information. Great attention to detail. He was able to explain a lot in the limited time that the museum allows us to be in there which is only 2 hrs. Guide has nothing to do with this, this is out of his control. Remember no backpacks allowed but there is a holding booth that will look after your bag.

Definitely worth the visit, it is an exquisite museum of sculptures and paintings. not big, designed for a two hour visit. Everything fine with our reservation and tickets.

The process was easy and the lady with whom I got the ticket was super friendly. The museum is a must-visit attraction in Rome.

The museum was interesting and our guided helped to focus on the most valuable piece of art and its exeptional details.

Robert was an excellent tour guide! Very knowledgeable and engaging throughout the tour.