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About Borghese Gallery | Explore a World of Art and Culture in the Heart of Rome

Immerse yourself in Roman opulence at the Borghese Gallery. Sculptures by Bernini & Canova, paintings by Caravaggio & Titian grace its opulent halls. Once a Cardinal's private collection, this gallery is a must-see for art lovers & history buffs.

Founded On

1903

Founded By

Cardinal Scipione Borghese

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RECOMMENDED DURATION

2 hours

VISITORS PER YEAR

399999

NUMBER OF ENTRANCES

2

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - STANDARD

30-60 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - SKIP THE LINE

0-30 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

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Fun facts

Napoleon's loot: The gallery once housed masterpieces stolen by Napoleon from conquered cities. While most were returned, a few, like Canova's "Pauline Bonaparte," remain as reminders of the gallery's turbulent past.

David with the head of Goliath: It is believed that Caravaggio gifted this painting to Pope Paul V. It was an act of pardon for killing a man in a barfight and absconding for some years.

Storeroom or Gallery? The Borghese Gallery is also the only gallery in the world whose storerooms double as art collections. However, tours of these storerooms are temporarily suspended.




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Borghese Gallery
  • Official Name: Borghese Gallery and Museum
  • Location: Borghese Gallery and Museum, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
  • Date of Opening: 1902
  • Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 7 PM; closed on Mondays.
  • Architect: Scipione Borghese  
  • Architectural Style: Ancient Roman
  • Number of Visitors Per Year: Half a million people visit every year.
  • Collection Size: About 800 paintings.
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Sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

One of the most renowned sculptors of the Baroque era. His masterpiece Apollo and Daphne is a breathtaking example of his virtuosity and captures the dramatic moment when Apollo pursues the nymph Daphne, who is transformed into a laurel tree to escape his advances. The lifelike detail and dynamic movement of the figures make it one of the most celebrated Baroque sculptures. Other notable sculptures by Bernini in the gallery include David, Rape of Proserpina, and Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius.

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Paintings by Caravaggio

Caravaggio was a revolutionary painter of the Baroque period, known for his innovative use of light and dark to create dramatic scenes. His painting, Boy with a Basket of Fruit, is a vivid and naturalistic depiction of a young boy holding a basket of fruit, which showcases Caravaggio's mastery of realism. David with the Head of Goliath, another one of his famous works, is a powerful portrayal of the biblical story of David and Goliath, depicting the victorious David holding the severed head of his enemy.

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Paintings by Raphael

Raphael was a prominent figure of the Italian Renaissance and his paintings are celebrated for their exceptional beauty and technical proficiency. Among the works featured in the Borghese Gallery, his Portrait of a Young Woman, also known as La Fornarina, is particularly renowned. The painting is a masterful depiction of a young woman, believed to be Raphael's lover and muse. La Fornarina's radiant beauty, captured through Raphael's exquisite use of color and composition, has made this painting one of the most treasured works in the gallery's collection.

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Artworks by Rubens, Titian, and Botticelli

The Borghese Gallery features several other notable artworks by acclaimed Renaissance artists such as Rubens Pieter Paul, Vecellio Titian, and Sandro Botticelli. Visitors can admire Rubens' exquisitely detailed paintings that reflect his passion for color and movement, Titian's vivid and highly realistic portraits that showcase his exceptional talent as a painter, and Botticelli's masterpieces that evoke a sense of ethereal beauty and grace that epitomizes the Renaissance era.

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The Borghese Gallery was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio for Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th century. The villa was designed to be a showcase for the cardinal's extensive art collection, and its architecture and design reflect the aesthetic sensibilities of the period.

Ponzio was one of the leading architects of the time and was known for his innovative designs and use of decorative elements. His work on the Borghese Gallery is considered to be one of his most important achievements.

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What is the Borghese Gallery?

The Borghese Gallery is a museum in Rome that houses an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, including works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

What is the Borghese Gallery famous for?

The museum is famous for its stunning art collection, which includes masterpieces from the Baroque period.

Where is the Borghese Gallery?

The Borghese Gallery is located at Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy.

Why should I visit the Borghese Gallery?

If you are an art lover, this is the perfect space where you can stroll through the artworks of famous artists like Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio to name a few. You can also admire the architecture of the stunning villa and its surrounding lush gardens and parkland.

How do I book tickets to visit the Borghese Gallery?

Borghese Gallery tickets can be booked online.

How much is a ticket to visit the Borghese Gallery?

Your Borghese Gallery tickets start from €27.

Who built the Borghese Gallery?

The Borghese Gallery was originally designed for Cardinal Scipione Borghese by the architect Flaminio Ponzio.

When did the Borghese Gallery open?

The Borghese Gallery opened to the public in 1902.

What’s inside the Borghese Gallery?

Within just about 20 rooms in the Villa, you will find an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, including works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

What are the Borghese Gallery opening hours?

The Borghese Gallery hours are from 9 AM to 7 PM daily.

What famous artworks are inside Borghese Gallery?

There are many masterpieces inside the Borghese Gallery such as The Hunt of Diana by Domenichino, The Young Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio, Melissa by Dosso Dossi, David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio, and Cupid Complaining to Venus by Lucas Cranach.

Why is the Borghese Gallery important?

The Borghese Gallery is a gem that is worth seeing when you’re in Rome. Its exceptional collection of Renaissance art and ancient Roman sculptures is housed in a beautiful 17th-century villa and offers a compact course in Italian aesthetics.