7 Best Ways To Get Galleria Borghese Tickets

Getting Galleria Borghese tickets is easier than you can imagine. Follow this easy guide and find the ones that best suit your needs and interests.

Galleria Borghese is the best museum in Rome and one of the best art galleries in the world, and if you happen to be in the Italian capital it would be a real pity to miss it. Contrary to other famous places to visit in Rome, here you won’t find any big crowds.

In fact, Galleria Borghese (or Borghese Gallery) caps the number of visitors to 100 for each time slot, which has to be booked in advance – tickets aren’t actually sold at the museum.

With such strict limitations on the number of visitors who are allowed to get in at once, in order to grab your preferred time you have to make it a point to book well ahead of time.

In this post, I will explain the various ways in which you can to get Museo e Galleria Borghese tickets and share a bunch of useful tips to plan your visit and make the most of it. Let me start with some useful background information on Galleria Borghese.

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Canova statue at Borghese Gallery – photo courtesy of George M. Groutas (flickr)

Why Visit Galleria Borghese In Rome

There are many museums and art galleries in Rome – but if you only have time to visit one, it has to be Galleria Borghese. Also known as Villa Borghese, this is one of the best private art collections in the world, put together in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese.

At Galleria Borghese you will be able to see beautiful examples of ancient Roman art, though these are a minority.

Most of the pieces on display are from the 15th to the 18th century, with a strong focus on Renaissance and Baroque art and works of artists such as Bernini, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio (my personal favorite), Rubens and many more.

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The history of Galleria Borghese

Villa Borghese was built in the early 17th century by architect Flaminio Ponzio on a piece of land that used to belong to the Borghese family, one of the most prominent ones in the city.

When in 1605 Camillo Borghese became Pope Paul V, his nephew Scipione Borghese, a Cardinal and a lover of art (he was one of the patrons of Bernini), started putting together his collection.

Some of the works you will see at Villa Borghese were bought by Scipione Borghese; others were donated; and others he had obtained in a less than honorable way, by simply confiscating them from their legitimate owners.

In the 1800s, Camillo Borghese married Paolina Bonaparte (the one of Canova statue), sister of Napoleon. At the time, Rome was under French rule and in 1807 Camillo Borghese was forced to surrender 500 pieces of his collections to Napoleon.

That’s why some pieces of the original Borghese collection are now at the Louvre, in Paris.

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In 1902 the Borghese family, unable to pay some of its debts, sold the villa and its contents to the Italian authorities, which turned it into a museum in 1903.

The villa is located in the heart of a gorgeous public park, which can be accessed from Piazza del Popolo, minutes away from the Spanish Steps. The park itself is a great place to relax away from the crowds and catch your breath.

You will find several statues scattered around in Giardini del Pincio (Pincian Hill), a lake, and plenty of shade.

The museum spreads over two floors. The ground floor focuses on sculptures; whereas on the first floor you will see paintings and statues. The various rooms take their name from the main piece on display – so for example you will find a room that is called Sala della Paolina, which is where the sculpture of Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova is on sight.

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Incredible art – photo courtesy of Sonse (flickr)

How To Get Galleria Borghese Tickets

The first thing you need to consider when looking into how to get Galleria Borghese tickets is that you absolutely need to book a time slot for your visit. Indeed, the museum works on a time slot system and only 180 visitors are allowed during each time slot.

Visitors can stay inside the museum for up to two hours, after which they will be required to leave.

If you are wondering how to get Galleria Borghese tickets, let me tell you that there are several methods.

My favorite one is to book via a third-party site, which won’t send you over a number of loops and a million of windows to get your ticket. Anyways, let’s check out all the options available.

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Bernini art can be admired at Borghese Gallery

Way N. 1: Use Galleria Borghese tickets official site

This is Galleria Borghese tickets official site. This is definitely the most budget friendly way of getting your tickets.

Once you click on “buy”, another page opens up and you are taken to another website. You then have to click again on “buy ticket”, and a new page opens again, and that’s where you can buy your tickets. Don’t worry, the page is in English and easy to navigate.

The calendar will show you the dates for which there is availability, you click on that and you then select the time slot and the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

What is confusing about the site is the various additional fees you have to pay – some are explained, others aren’t. Let me give you a breakdown of the Galleria Borghese tickets prices:

  • €14 – official price of the tickets for adults;
  • €5 – official price of tickets for EU citizens aged 18 to 25;
  • €2 – official price for tickets for children under 18 and disabled visitors;
  • €2 – presale fee;
  • €2 – service fee.

There also is a €1.50 insurance fee for cancellations, but this is actually optional.

The total cost you end up paying if you go via the official site is €18 for adults; €7 for EU citizens aged 18 to 25; and €4 for children under 18.

Audioguides are not available via the official website but can be purchased in person for €5.

If you want your ticket to be refundable, expect to pay €19,50 for adults.

Guided tours sold via the official website cost €24 for adults. The fee includes the ticket and the booking fee. Tours are available every day in Italian and English and other languages upon requests. There are four daily departures for tours in English: 9:10 and 11:10 am; and 3:10 and 5:10 pm.

If your preferred time slot isn’t available online, you may want to call the museum at +390632810 to see if there are any last minute cancellations.

Tickets and tours sold on the official site can’t be modified or refunded, unless you also pay the additional insurance fee.

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A guided tour is the best way to enjoy Borghese Gallery

Way N. 2: Buy tickets via a 3rd party reseller 

Third party booking sites are a great way of getting tickets, as they are generally more user friendly. You can do everything in one page, and the booking conditions are clearly visible and easy to understand.

One more reason to use third party booking sites is that they will often have last minute availability, which is great if you are planning last minute and / or can’t find tickets on the official site.

Galleria Borghese tickets sold on third party sites have a starting price of €26 vs. the €19,50 on the official site (that’s the price you pay if you want a fully refundable ticket).

There are several sites you can use to book tickets. I normally opt for Tiqets or GetYourGuide as they are both user friendly and have a good customer service in a variety of languages.

You can book your Galleria Borghese ticket on Tiqets here.

If you prefer getting your tickets on GetYourGuide, click here.

This is actually my recommended way of visiting Borghese Gallery. I visited once with my sister and as soon as we stepped inside we realized there was so much to see that we immediately regretted not joining a guided tour. Sure enough, we opted for one the next time we visited!

A guide will take you through the gallery during a guided tour – which can be a group or private tour, depending on your preference and budget. Tours can be fairly interactive and last around two hours. Some tours also include a visit of the gardens.

Curious about the gardens? Then read my post A Guide To Visiting Villa Borghese Gardens.

Booking a tour via a third-party reseller is extremely easy: you literally just pick the time slot for your tour, save the email with the booking code, and show up at the meeting point a bit before the scheduled time.

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Third party booking sites have very flexible cancellation policies too – so if something happens and you can’t make it to the tour, you can get a full refund in a matter o days.

Finally, while tours sold on the official site may be sold out for your preferred date and time, there usually is a bit more availability on third party sites.

Of course, tours on third party sites are a bit more expensive than on the official site – but it is a small price to pay to avoid the nuisance of running around in circles trying to make a reservation.

Tours of Galleria Borghese start at €55 per person for a small group tour, and can be as expensive as €130 per person for a private tour.

My recommended tour is this Borghese Gallery Tour & Tickets: With Bernini, Caravaggio & Raphael run by Walks of Italy, one of the best tour companies that uses exclusively local guides.

If you are looking for a budget friendly tour, you may want to consider this Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour.

If you would rather opt for a private tour, you can consider this well reviewed tour here.

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The gardens or Galleria Borghese are a must

Way N. 4: Get the Roma Pass

Galleria Borghese is one of the attractions included in the 48 and 72 hours Roma Pass. Even in this case, you will have to book a time slot in advance and pay the €2 booking fee.

To book your time slot, you have to visit the Galleria Borghese tickets Roma pass website. This is the only recommended option on the official Galleria Borghese website, but you can also call the number +390632810, active from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

You will have to show your card at the ticket office for validation.

For a Rome Explorer pass, click here.

Read my post How To Make The Most Of The Roma Pass.

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Way N. 5: Call or email the museum

For the old fashioned reading this post, or if you don’t want to get Galleria Borghese tickets online, you can actually talk to a real person (if you call) and ask questions about your visit and even book a ticket.

The number to call is +390632810. Press 2 for support in English.

The Call Center is open Mondays to Fridays, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm – all timings are intended as CET so make sure to verify the time difference with your time zone.

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You can access Galleria Borghese via the Pincian Hill

Way N. 6: Get your Galleria Borghese tickets in person at the ticket office

Yes! There is a physical ticket office at Galleria Borghese. Getting tickets in person is a bit more budget friendly as you don’t have to pay the online booking fee, but it doesn’t come at no cost.

Indeed, you may get all the way there only to find out that there are no tickets left for the day – you may at most be able to purchase tickets for one of the following days. With this in mind, you are definitely better off getting tickets online and well ahead of your intended day of visit.

Anyhow, for clarity, this is the Galleria Borghese tickets price as on sale at the physical ticket office:

  • Adults €16;
  • EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old €5;
  • Minors and disabled visitors €2.
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Way N. 7: Get your tickets from “bagarini” outside the museum 

If you forgot to make reservations for Borghese Gallery and can’t find last minute tickets via one of the above-mentioned options, you may want to try this method, which is less than guaranteed and certainly more expensive than all other options. In fact, the official website of Galleria Borghese warns visitors against it.

If you head to the museum, you may occasionally find people standing outside trying to sell their tickets. They are called “bagarini” (resellers) in Italian. These are people that may on occasions buy tickets by the bulk and then try to resell them for a higher price.

They obviously take advantage of tourists who have failed to plan their visit – so try to avoid them unless it’s really a last resort!

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You can book your visit of Galleria Borghese directly on the site

Other Useful Tips To Visit Galleria Borghese

Book in advance

Although there is a physical ticket office at Galleria Borghese, reservations are highly recommended if you want to secure your visit. All visitors should specify a time slot for their visit to Galleria Borghese.

If you are visiting Rome during peak season, book your tickets and time slot at least a month in advance.

Make sure to arrive to the gallery a bit before your scheduled visit. If you show up late you will be denied entry.

Once you get to the museum, head to the counter located on the left side of the main stairways and show your voucher. That will be exchanged for a physical ticket which will be scanned as you enter the museum.

Number of people allowed 

No more than 180 people are admitted to Galleria Borghese for each time slot, which is of two hours.

Galleria Borghese tickets price

These are Galleria Borghese tickets prices via the official website:

Adults: Either €18 or €19.50 – it’s €14 for the ticket + €2 booking fee + €2 for the handling fee + €1.50 optional insurance fee for cancellation.

EU Citizens aged between 18 and 25: Either €7 or €7.65 – it’s €3 for the ticket + €2 booking fee + €2 handling fee + €0.65 for the optional insurance fee.

Visitors under 18 years of age and disabled visitors: Either €4 or €4.65 – €2 for the ticket + €2 for the booking fee + €0.65 for the insurance fee.

The prices of tickets may increase during special exhibits.

Audioguides are available at the physical ticket office for €5.

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Group visits

A maximum of 4 groups (between 5 and 15 visitors, plus the guide and children under 15 years of age) are allowed per time slot inside the gallery. Groups need to call the Call Center at +390632810 for reservations. Each group is assigned a different route inside the gallery.

Free visits

Free visits are available for several categories, which however need to pay the €2 booking fee.

The booking fee is waived only for disabled visitors and their accompanying assistants (one per disabled visitor); officially recognized EU tour guides; accredited journalists.

Galleria Borghese is also free to visit on the first Sunday of the month.

Special exhibits

Any time there is a special exhibit at Galleria Borghese, the price of tickets may go up. Keep this in mind when purchasing your ticket directly via the website.

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Advanced bookings are a must to visit Galleria Borghese – photo courtesy of Carmelo Peciña (flickr)

What to do if Galleria Borghese tickets are sold out

If you haven’t reserved your Galleria Borghese tickets and booked a time slot, or if nothing is available for the day and time you wish to visit, you may be unable to visit the museum.

I suggest to search third-party booking sites to see if anything is available, or to call the booking center at +39 0632810 to see if there are any last minute cancellations.

Opening times

Galleria Borghese is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (last entry is at 5:45 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays and on 25 December and 1 January.

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Time slots

These are the available time slots to visit Borghese Gallery:

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
  • 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

The last admission is at 5:45 pm. You can stay in the museum for your entire booked time slot, after which you will be asked to leave.

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Facilities at Galleria Borghese

Toilets are located in the basement.

There is a coffee shop open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and a bookshop open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

There also is a cloakroom where you can leave larger bags and backpacks: only small bags and purses are allowed inside the museum. Selfie sticks, food and drinks (including water) can’t be taken inside.

Guide dogs and strollers for children under 2 years of age are permitted.

Apollo and Dafne

Accessibility of Galleria Borghese

Visitors with reduced mobility or on wheelchairs can access Galleria Borghese from the backdoor in Piazzale Scipione Borghese n. 5. There is an elevator to get to the upper floor, but it is very small – after all we are talking about a building that dates back to the 17th century – and it won’t fit a large wheelchair.

Wheelchairs are available on all floors.

Disabled visitors are advised to contact +390667233753 to plan a smoother visit.

Dogs are not allowed in the museum, with the exception of guide dogs.

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You can access Borghese Gallery from Piazza del Popolo via the Pincian Hill

How to get to Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese is located in Piazzale Scipione Borghese n. 5, inside the Borghese Gardens on the Pincian Hill.

Getting to Galleria Borghese is actually very easy, as you can access the Pincian Hill from Piazza del Popolo. Here are the best ways of getting there:

BY BUS – From Termini Station, take bus n. 92 or 910 towards Mancini / Marliana and get off at Via Pinciana (just 3 minutes away from the museum) or Piazzale Brasile, from where it is an easy 10 minutes walk. From Barberini Metro Station you can take bus n. 52, 53 or 61 towards Pinciana / Borghese and get off at Piazzale Brasile.

BY METRO – The closest metro station is Spagna, from where it you will have to follow the signs taking you to Galleria Borghese. It’s a 20 to 25 minutes walk.

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The gorgeous Borghese Gardens

Final tips to maximize your time at Galleria Borghese

Bring your ID

Chances are that you won’t be asked to show your ID card to be admitted to the gallery, but take it with you anyways as you never know. In any case, although by Italian law you aren’t obliged to carry your ID with you at all times, you may be stopped and searched by the police, which may ask to provide your full name and date of birth.

Factor enough time

You should factor up to 4 hours for your visit of Galleria Borghese.

You will need 2 hours to explore the museum as per the time slot you will be assigned. To that, you should add some time to browse the small gift shop, the gorgeous gardens and enough time to get to the museum (which obviously depends on where you are coming from).

Plan to arrive at the gallery around 30 minutes before your actual visit, so that you have enough time to pick up your physical Galleria Borghese tickets, check in your bags and use the toilets if needed.

If you are on the last time slot, visit the gift shop before you get in

The gift shop is located outside the museum and is open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

If you are scheduled to get in on the last time slot (which means you will finish your visit at 7:00 pm) and think you may want to buy a small souvenir from the gift shop, head to Villa Borghese a bit earlier than your scheduled visit to browse the shop before you get in.

Check in your bags

You can’t take anything other than your camera or phone inside Galleria Borghese. You will be required to leave bags, large camera bags, selfie-sticks, backpacks and umbrellas at the cloak room – which is located outside the museum and is free.


Photography is allowed inside Galleria Borghese, but flash photography isn’t.

Don’t bring in food or drinks

Food and drinks – including water – aren’t allowed inside the museum, so leave anything you have inside the bag you will be checking in at the cloak room.

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7 thoughts on “7 Best Ways To Get Galleria Borghese Tickets”

  1. Bit of a random question, but do you by any chance know when the on-line tickets only for the Borghese Galleria began? I’m currently writing a novel set in Rome in 2016 in which my heroine visits the Borghese Galleria, but it is some years since I last visited Rome, and I want to get every detail right. Also, does the exit from the gallery lead into the gardens at the back? Many thanks if you are able to help.

  2. I am afraid I actually don’t know – I can’t find info about it. Perhaps try calling the ticket office and they may be able to tell you. The entrance and exit to the gallery are the same – they face the park.

  3. Hi Claudia,
    The Galleria Borghese website to buy tickets does not work. Do you know why? We will just try calling the ticket office. Thanks for your great website; we are really enjoying it!

  4. I have no idea. I don’t work for them / with them. Perhaps the site is down? You can get tickets on third party sites as explained in the post.

  5. Very informative. I do have a question about the free first Sunday tickets. I go on to their sight and that day appears to be blocked out each month.

  6. Hello Rick. Free first Sunday tickets still require a reservation that you can do online, as you rightly observe. These are normally put on sale about 10 days in advance – so for example tickets for 2 April will go on sale on 23 March – and sell out VERY QUICKLY. All in all, you may be better off visiting on a different day!

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