The Borghese Gallery walking tour provides a more detailed look at this very special art collection. Our walking tours are all led by expert English speaking walking guides who will help to create a personalized experience while taking into account your specific interests. These incredible services enable you to tour with a native guide showing you the real face of the city and sites that they are so passionate about. The tours are available in English or Italian, and are delivered with an insight and style that keeps our tours entertaining, fun, and informative.
This type of tour is ideal for those that have already spent a couple of days in Rome. After the crowds of the Colosseo and the Vatican, you might like to explore this museum that, today, is considered one of the best museums in the world.
The Borghese Villa is one of the most beautiful residences of Rome and was built in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The intent was to receive the Roman society and to delight his friends with a splendid collection of precious works of art, both ancient and modern.
The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese the nephew of Pope Paul V. Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio. He was particularly interested in antique sculpture, but was also driven enough to patronise modern artists and was commissioned work by Caravaggio, Bernini, Domenichino and Rubens.
The Borghese Villa has been modified and extended through the years, and was eventually sold to the Italian government in 1902 along with the entire Borghese estate and surrounding gardens and parkland.
Galleria Borghese houses 20 rooms across two floors and a visit encompassing everything on display will take a total of two hours. The main floor, mostly devoted to sculpture and Roman antiquities of the 1st to 3rd centuries AD, has a consistently breathtaking decorative scheme.
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