Borghese Gallery Tour

`` If you don't break the rules every so often you'll never transcend them``, Bernini

Discover one of Rome’s greatest patrician collections on the Borghese Gallery tour.

Cardinal Scipione Borghese was an obsessive collector and assembled works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian and many others.

 

An extremely passionate art lover, Cardinal Scipione even went as far as to have someone remove Raphael’s “Deposition of Christ” from its original location: a church in the city of Perugia!

This painting was commissioned by a wealthy woman from Perugia for the death of her young son Grifonetto. Raphael created a magnificent altarpiece that would honor Grifonetto in the family’s chapel. It is believed that one of the youths carrying the body of Christ is meant to depict Grifonetto, whom the painting was dedicated to.

 

In an exquisite location – specifically designed to house the Borghese’s art collections – among the many paintings and ancient Roman art works on display, we will see Gianlorenzo Bernini’s statues, made for the cardinal Borghese, such as Apollo and Daphne.

 The sculpture shows Daphne, who is being pursued by the god Apollo, at the moment that she begins to metamorphose into a tree in order to escape his amorous advances.

 

Scipione Borghese was a good patron of Caravaggio   Italian Painting favorite bad boy – and the Borghese Gallery houses six of his paintings, the largest gathering of his works in a single collection, spanning the artist’s life and reflecting events that occurred during his time in Rome.  You will discover the secret of his last years as a fugitive hearing the stories behind his “David with the head of Goliath”.

 

One of Cardinal Scipione’s many masterpieces is Titian‘s Sacred and Profane Love. This painting is considered one of the most famous painting of the Italian Renassaince and rivers of ink have been written on it. It is so precious that Rothschild family offered to pay 4 million lira for the painting, when the Borghese’s entire collection were valued at only 3.6 million lira!

 

Another marvelous art work at Borghese Gallery is Canova’s beautiful portrait of Paolina Bonaparte, the most beloved of Napoleon’s sisters. Paulina (who had married a member of the Borghese family) was portrayed as Venus Victorious, holding only an apple in her hand, thus giving rise to scandal, as she posed naked for the artist.

 

  All of Bernini sculptures (‘Apollo & Daphne’, ‘David’, the’ Rape of Persephone’, ‘Aeneas and Anchises’ )

  Canova’s ‘Pauline Bonaparte’

✓  Raphael’s works: ‘The Deposition’ and ‘Lady with a Unicorn’

  Titian’s ‘Sacred and Profane Love’

✓  Domenichino’s ‘The hunt of Diana’

✓  Rubens’ ‘The Deposition’

✓  The mosaic of gladiators

  • Tour duration: approx 2.5 hours
  • The tour doesn’t run on the first Sunday of the month
  • Meeting point: the tour guide will wait for you outside the Borghese Gallery entrance
  • Your tickets reservation: printed or digital format
  • All bags must be left at the checkroom. Water is not allowed inside the Borghese Gallery

Admission tickets are not included. Ticket price: Adults: 15 €; Under 18: 2 €

  • Tour for 1 person: 130 €
  • Tour for 2-3 persons: 160 €
  • Tour for 4-5 persons: 180 €
  • Tour for 6-7 persons: 220 €