Private tour

Rome: Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

Rome: Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

From US$ 397.55 per group up to 1

Explore 2000 years of art through the lens of the greatest masterpieces in a private tour of the Borghese Gallery with an expert guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Gaze on masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini and more
  • View the Deposition by Raphael
  • Marvel at the incredible virtuosity of the Baroque master Gianlorenzo Bernini
  • Rediscover the opulent lifestyle of a wealthy baroque prince
  • Explore 2,000 years of art through the lens of its greatest masterpieces
Full description
Join our Borghese Gallery tour in Rome for a journey through two millennia of art as you learn about the lives and works of some of the greatest artists of all time. The gallery has an extraordinary collection, ranging from fascinating ancient sculptures like the 1st century BC Hermaphrodite to the great masterpieces of the Renaissance and the Baroque, all of which you will discover with your personal guide. The fabulous palace and the peerless collection of painting and sculpture contained within was the brainchild of cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of 17th century Rome's most irrepressible and famous characters. Learn how this man of the cloth was more interested in luxury than piety, as your guide recreates a personality whose ruthlessly predatory nature combined with an unerring eye for artistic virtuosity allowed him to amass a private collection of art that has possibly never been matched before or since. Scipione's rapacious desire for artistic masterpieces was so great that he was known to have had artists imprisoned to allow him to confiscate their works, and he even had Raphael's famous Deposition forcibly removed from its altar in Perugia in order that it might grace his villa. As you gaze at the portly face and penetrating stare immortalized by the Baroque genius Gianlorenzo Bernini in a pair of uncanny sculptural portraits, on this Rome private tour we will together unravel the complex and many layered web of power, piety, ambition and intrigue that defined the art world of Baroque Rome. Despite his controversial methods and flagrant disrespect for authority, Caravaggio was feted by the most powerful men in Rome during the first decade of the 17th century. Collectors like Scipione Borghese recognized the revolutionary potential of his art, and spared no expense in securing his works. The paintings that we will discover here on our Borghese gallery tour chart the artist's dramatic rise and fall in fortunes, from early successes like the disarmingly guileless Boy with a Basket of Fruit to mature masterpieces such as his brilliantly moody portrait of St. Jerome. Caravaggio's sudden fall from grace and subsequent humiliating exile is expressed with startling power in the gruesome David with the head of Goliath, where the blank, staring features of the stricken giant are revealed as those of the artist himself, literally cut off from the life of fame and fortune that tragically eluded him. The intense drama and disturbing realism of paintings such as this would change the face of art forever. To learn more about Caravaggio, we recommend our private tour of Rome dedicated entirely to him: Caravaggio Tour. Our private walking tour is n unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and culture of the Borghese Gallery. We look forward to sharing an awesome experience with you!
Includes
  • All fees and taxes
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • Expert, English-speaking private guide
  • Headsets (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Transportation to and from the meeting and end point
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

You will meet your guide at entrance of the Borghese Gallery, which is located in the Villa Borghese Park. They will have a Through Eternity sign or flag.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • As this a walking tour through a museum, comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
  • Please advise if any travelers have mobility concerns so that we can best accommodate you.
  • Wheelchair users are required to leave their personal wheelchairs with the museum and use the one provided by the Borghese Gallery.
  • Strollers are allowed only for children up to 2 years old.

Product ID: 199840