Discover the Stories Behind Renowned Artworks on a Borghese Gallery Tour
The city of Rome is known for its art and culture and this art gallery is a celebration of the same. Nestled amidst the beautiful 17th-century Villa Borghese Gardens on Pincian Hill, Borghese Gallery houses some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures by renowned artists like Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, and many others. It is one of the most visited museums in Rome offering a unique and eye-opening art experience to its visitors.
Read on to know how a Borghese Gallery tour will help you better explore and understand all the masterpieces at the museum.
Why Take a Borghese Gallery Tour?
Borghese Gallery is one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in Rome. These are a few reasons why a Borghese Gallery Tour is the perfect way to explore this museum.
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Highlights Covered on Your Borghese Gallery Tour
Apollo and Daphne, Bernini
One of the most beautiful sculptures at the gallery, Apollo and Daphne by Bernini depicts the tragic love story of the God of Archery and the Nymph. Apollo gets struck by Cupid and falls in love with Daphne. He chases her only to see Daphne getting transformed into a tree before he can get a hold of her. Bernini has beautifully portrayed fluidity in movement with the Nymph’s gradual transformation from a human to a tree. Parts of Daphne show her as a woman while the others show branches of a tree wrapping themselves around her body.
David Con La Testa Di Golia, Caravaggio
This one is a masterpiece by Caravaggio and one of the most spectacular paintings at the Borghese Gallery. He painted this supposed self-portrait while trying to escape a murder charge. The dark background provides the perfect contrast to the illuminated figure of David, who is perceived to be Goliath’s executioner. Caravaggio probably tried to convey his own situation through the painting with the severed head of Goliath representing a damned Caravaggio as he tries to flee a murder charge.
Dama Con Liocorna, Raphael
Also known as Young Woman with a Unicorn, the highlights of this painting by Raphael are the subject’s eyes and the stoic expression on her face. The identity of the woman is unknown, but several art history experts have compared the painting to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Monalisa, which was painted just before Raphael’s Dama Con Liocorna. This one depicts the woman in a pose similar to Da Vinci’s Monalisa with folded hands and a unicorn, which was believed to symbolize the purity of women.
Melissa, Dosso Dossi
This oil on canvas painting by Dosso Dossi is believed to be inspired by Raphael’s works of art as is evident in the vivid brushstrokes and intricate details of the artwork. The painting depicts Melissa, a sorceress who freed a group of knights from evil fairy Alcina’s curse by transforming them from trees, stones, and animals to their human forms. She looks like the definition of royalty holding a tablet and a torch in her hands. Another interesting feature of the painting is that the background is as prominent as the subject of the artwork.
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What to Expect on a Borghese Gallery Tour?
A visit to such a complex and iconic historical attraction can be overwhelming and a little difficult to navigate all by yourself. To help you explore the museum more efficiently, we recommend opting for a Borghese Gallery guided tour because it includes a tour guide who knows everything about the gallery and its artworks.
Once you meet your tour guide at the starting point, you will be taken inside the art gallery and shown some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures by renowned artists like Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, and many others. There is so much to see and learn about one of the most famous museums in Rome and a Borghese Gallery tour is the best way to do so.
- Book your tickets early and online.
- Wear comfortable footwear because you will have to walk a lot inside the museum.
- Read up about the Borghese Gallery if you’re not taking a guided tour.
- Make sure you spend at least 2 hours on your visit to the museum.
- The museum has a cloakroom in case you’re carrying large bags, baby strollers, or luggage. It is, however, advisable to carry backpacks or small purses.
- The best time to visit the museum is in the early hours when the attraction opens or late in the day before closing time.
- Photography is permitted but avoid using flash.
- Stop by the bookshop for guidebooks, pamphlets, posters, art publications, souvenirs, and more.
- The museum is accessible to people with motor disabilities. They also provide wheelchairs for rent.
Frequently Asked Questions About Borghese Gallery Tours
A. Borghese Gallery tours are priced at €51.
A. The Borghese Gallery tours include access to all important sections of the museum. You get an opportunity to admire all the works of art on display and also know more about the artists who created these masterpieces.
A. The Borghese Gallery guided tour is available in English.
A. The small group guided tour usually has no more than 10 people while other guided tours have a maximum capacity of 25 guests.
A. The Borghese Gallery tour is 2 hours long.