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.
There is little doubt that 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 Rome it would be a real pity to miss it. The good news is that contrary to the majority of 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 360 at a time.
The bad news, however, is that with such strict limitations on the number of visitors who are allowed to get in at once, you will have to plan your visit in advance or you risk being unable to visit.
But worry not! In this post, I will explain you everything there is to know to get Galleria Borghese tickets and share a bunch of useful tips to plan your visit and make the most of it. Before getting to the juicy bits, however, let me share some information on what you can expect when visiting Galleria Borghese.
Why You Must Visit Galleria Borghese When In Rome
I have been to Rome more times than I can remember; I have even lived there for a while; and I go any time I have a chance. This is one of my favorite cities in the world, one that I am never done exploring. I believe that a lifetime isn’t enough to visit Rome. However, I appreciate that most people don’t have more than a few days to make the most of the city, which is why they have to plan their time there smartly.
To discover the best that Rome has to offer, make sure to read my post “27 Unmissable, Fun And Cheap Things To Do 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. This, also known as Villa Borghese, 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 various pieces of Renaissance and Baroque art and works of artists such as Bernini, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio (my personal favorite), Rubens and many more.
Some background information about Galleria Borghese
Galleria 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, who was made a Cardinal and who was a lover of art (so much so that 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; whereas others were donated and others he had obtained in a less than honorable way, by simply confiscating them from their legitimate owners.
In 1902 the Borghese family, unable to pay some of its debts, sold the villa and its contents to the Italian authorities, which then turned it into a museum in 1903.
Galleria Borghese is located in the heart of a gorgeous public park, which can be easily accessed from Piazza del Popolo, one of the largest and most famous squares in Rome and minutes away from the Spanish Steps.
The park itself is a great place to relax away from the crowds and catch your breath – especially in the summer time, when the temperatures in Rome are so high that it is almost unbearable to stay out. You will find several statues scattered around in what is known as Giardini del Pincio (Pincian Hill), a lake, and plenty of shade.
Borghese Gallery spreads over two floors. The ground floor is where you will mostly find sculptures; whereas on the first floor you will see paintings and a few statues. The various rooms take their name from that of 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.
INTERESTING FACT: In the 1800s, Camillo Borghese married Paolina Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon (the same Paolina whose statued was created by Canova). 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 can today be found at the Louvre, in Paris.
Continue reading to discover the best ways to get Galleria Borghese tickets and avoid any hassle when visiting.
Seven Ways To Get Galleria Borghese Tickets And Avoid Any Hassle
There are several ways to get Galleria Borghese tickets. In this post, I will highlight all the main solutions and point out which one is the most suitable one depending on the kind of traveler you are.
In general, I recommend getting skip-the-line tickets. This solution really is the easiest as you don’t have to go to any other site to book a time slot, and this way you will save a lot of time both in the booking process and once on the site.
TIP: Remember that you absolutely need to book a time slot for your visit to Borghese Gallery, as only 360 visitors are allowed during each time slot.
You will see that there are several options for skip the line tickets to Borghese Gallery – some including just the entry ticket, and some having a live guide. Of all the ways of getting Galleria Borghese tickets, my favorite one is through a guided tour. Indeed, I find that unless you are an art historian, joining is the only way to make sense of all the incredible pieces of art you are going to see there.
Way N. 1: Take a guided tour of Borghese Gallery
Perfect for: Art geeks who want to learn everything about Borghese Gallery
Advantages: You have a live guide you can ask questions to so the tour is fairly interactive; you book your time slot directly through the third party that sells the tour.
Disadvantages: The group may be bigger than you’d like.
The easiest option to get Galleria Borghese tickets is by booking a guided tour through an official 3rd party reseller. Guided tours are an excellent way to learn more about the place you are visiting, and booking them via a 3rd party means avoiding the hassle of having to make phone calls or sending emails to reserve a time slot.
You simply indicate the day and time of your visit while buying the tour, and if a day or time slot isn’t available you will immediately see it.
Another advantage of going on a guided tour sold by a 3rd party reseller is that even when guided tours are sold out on the official site, some may still be available there. Of course, they will be 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.
On a guided tour, you will have a qualified guide taking you around the museum and sharing interesting facts about the pieces you will be observing. Most tours also include a visit of the gorgeous gardens.
You have the option of selecting guided group or guided private tours – which one you pick entirely depends on your travel taste and budget. Prices vary between €45 per person for a group tour and €295 (per group) if you want a more private tour.
These are the best guided tours:
- Borghese Gallery masterpieces and gardens skip-the-line tour
- Borghese Gallery skip-the-line small group tour
- Borghese Gallery and gardens skip-the-line tour
- Borghese Gallery guided tour – at €45 per person, this is the most budget friendly option
- Borghese Gallery tour with a guide – please note that in this case the price is per group
- Borghese Gallery small group guided tour
- Borghese Gallery private tour with an art historian
Way N. 2: Buy skip-the-line Galleria Borghese tickets via a 3rd party reseller
Perfect for: Those who want to go straight to the point
Advantages: You book your time slot via the third party that sells the tickets.
Disadvantages: You don’t have a guide; it’s a bit more expensive than going directly via the official website of Galleria Borghese.
If you want to visit Galleria Borghese but don’t care for a guided tour, and yet don’t want to go through the hassle of booking tickets via the official site (see below for more details), you can book skip-the-line tickets to Galleria Borghese via a 3rd party reseller.
Tickets costs between €25 and €30 depending on which 3rd party you use, but keep in mind that the cheapest options often don’t allow cancellations.
These are the best skip-the-line tickets to Galleria Borghese:
- Borghese Gallery skip-the-line ticket – it only costs €25 but cancellations aren’t allowed.
- Borghese Gallery skip-the-line – it costs €26 but it is not refundable.
- Borghese Gallery entrance tickets – a more expensive option at €30, but cancellations are allowed up to 24 hours before the visit.
- Skip-the-line tickets to Borghese Gallery – at €38.83, it’s the most expensive options. Cancellations are accepted up to 24 hours in advance.
Way N. 3: Get the Rome City Pass
Perfect for: those planning to visit other attractions in Rome
Advantages: You get skip-the-line tickets and discounts at other attractions around town, including the Colosseum.
Disadvantages: You don’t really save any money and you have to go to a different website to book the time slots to enter the various sites.
The Rome City Pass is an excellent option to get Galleria Borghese skip-the-line tickets in case you are planning to visit other attractions while in town. It includes other popular places to visit – depending on the pass, you get tickets to the Colosseum and even to the Vatican, and they are all skip-the-line.
There are a bunch of Roma Pass options on sale – I have highlighted the advantages of them and how to make your purchase worth it in my post “The Best Roma Pass Options And How To Make The Most Of It.”
TIP: Remember that even when you have a Roma Pass you need to make reservations for your visit to Galleria Borghese. In this case, you won’t have to pay the €2 booking fee.
In order to book your time slot, you can call the museum at +39 0632810 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. When calling or emailing to book your time slot, make sure to keep your Roma Pass handy as you will need to specify its number upon booking. You should receive an email confirmation of your reservations within a few working days.
The phone ticket office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The office is closed on Sundays and during holidays.
Here, I have selected a couple of Rome City Pass options that will provide you Galleria Borghese tickets:
- Omnia Card 72 hours: it’s the best option if you also want to visit the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. You don’t save much on the total price of the attractions you end up visiting, but at least you’ll get skip-the-line tickets. It costs €113
- Rome tourist card: this pass includes skip-the-line tickets and audio guide to many attractions such as the Colosseum and the Vatican, and a 20% discount to Galleria Borghese tickets, and discounts on a bunch of them. It’s a good money saver option if you make smart use of it. It costs €67.50.
Way N. 4: Get your ticket through the official website of Galleria Borghese
Perfect for: no frills travelers
Advantages: It’s the most budget friendly option.
Disadvantages: The website is only in Italian. You don’t have a guide – you have to pay for any extra.
The most obvious solution to buy Galleria Borghese tickets is to go via the official website of the museum. Once you click on “acquista” (which means “buy”) you are taken to another website, and then another one, where you can buy the tickets.
The reason I don’t mention this as the first and best solution is that the various websites you have to go through are only in Italian, which works just as well for me since it is my first language; but may not be quite the same for you.
While the museum takes its time to finally put up an English version of the site, I suggest using Google Translate or your intuition to make sense of the website and book your ticket.
This is the price to pay if you want to opt for the one which appears to be the most budget friendly option.
COSTS: As of July 2019, buying Galleria Borghese tickets via the official website cost €20 – that’s €18 for the ticket + €2 for the booking fee. If you want to add a guided tour, the total price will be €26.50. EU Citizens aged between 18 and 25 pay €9 for the ticket or €15.50 for the guided tour. Visitors under 18 only pay the €2 reservation fee or €8.50 for the guided tour.
TIP: If you want to go for this budget friendly option, make sure to book your tickets and time slot well in advance as they sell out fast. This is especially relevant if you plan to add a guided tour to your visit and are looking for a tour in English. While tours in Italian are more easily available, tours in English sell out fast!
LAST MINUTE TICKETS: If your preferred time slot isn’t available online, or if you haven’t reserved a time slot in advance, you may want to call the museum at +39 0632810 to see if there are any last minute cancellations.
Let me once again stress that you really do need to book your Galleria Borghese tickets and time slot well in advance.
Way N. 4: Get an audio guide tour through the official website of Galleria Borghese
Perfect for: those who want a bit of guidance but would rather not join a guided tour
Advantages: You still get some information about the collection; it’s more budget friendly than a guided tour.
Disadvantages: It’s not an interactive tour. You buy tickets via the official website which, as I have already said, is only in Italian.
This option is very similar to the one mentioned above – you go via the official website of Galleria Borghese and book your tickets and time slot. Once you are at the museum, you can add an audio guide – which however can’t be booked in advance. Audio guides are available in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
COST: The price for the audio guide is €5 to be added to the €20 for the tickets to Galleria Borghese. Since there is only a €1.50 cents difference between the audio guide and a live guide, I wholeheartedly recommend opting for a live guide for a more interactive tour.
Way N. 6: Take a guided tour of the best of Rome
Perfect for: Those who have very limited time in the city
Advantages: It’s an excellent option if you are planning to visit other places on the same day; it takes away the hassle of making separate reservations for the various attractions.
Disadvantages: The tour may end up being more rushed than you had hoped for.
If you don’t have much time in Rome but still want to visit its most famous attractions, including Borghese Gallery, you may want to join a guided group of the city that will take you to all the highlights. Most of these tours will include a guide; some of them will be more budget friendly than others and only offer an audio guide. All of these tours provide skip-the-line tickets to the attractions included in the tour.
These are a few guided tours of Rome that also include Galleria Borghese tickets:
- Full day Borghese Gallery, Colosseum and Roman Forum – this tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and to Galleria Borghese, as well as a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You will have a live guide that will take you around each site. Transportation to the various places is not included.
- Private limousine tour: Best of Rome – this tour is a more expensive version than the one above, but it includes transportation in a comfortable car, a visit of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto.
Way N. 7: Get your tickets from “bagarini” right outside the museum
Perfect for: Those who forgot to make reservations
Advantages: You may be able to get in even if you haven’t made any reservations and if you can’t find last minute tickets by calling the museum.
Disadvantages: It will be more expensive than other options.
Should anything else fail – should you be unable to book your Galleria Borghese tickets and time slot in advance; and should you be unable to call the museum to see if there have been any last minute cancellations, you may still be able to get tickets by showing up at the museum. Chances are that those people we in Italy call “bagarini” (resellers) will be standing there reselling tickets they have previously purchased in blocks.
These people are obviously taking advantage of tourists who have failed to plan their visit and reselling tickets at much higher prices than the actual fee – so it is up to you to buy a ticket through them.
I strongly discourage you to buy anything from these resellers as it is a phenomenon I wish to end. Which is why I once again stress the importance of planning your visit of Borghese Gallery in advance.
Other Useful Information For Visiting Galleria Borghese
Book in advance
Let me stress it one more time: all visitors need to specify a time slot for their visit to Galleria Borghese. This is why you need to buy your tickets to Galleria Borghese (and reserve a time slot for visiting) well in advance.
If you are visiting Rome during peak season, I strongly recommend booking your tickets and time slot at least a month in advance.
You may be able to get tickets to Galleria Borghese on the same day if you visit during low season, but I recommend checking the website for availability.
Make sure to arrive well in advance before your scheduled visit. If you show up late you will be denied entry.
Number of people allowed
No more than 360 people are admitted to Galleria Borghese for each time slot, which is of two hours. Guided groups go from a minimum of 5 participants to a maximum of 15 visitors.
Official prices of Galleria Borghese tickets
The price of Galleria Borghese tickets for adults via the official website is of €20 – that’s €18 for the ticket + €2 for the booking fee.
EU Citizens aged between 18 and 25 pay €9.
Visitors under 18 years of age only pay the €2 reservation fee.
A guided tour costs €6.50 and should be added to the price of the ticket – no matter the age or nationality.
The audio guide costs €5 and can’t be booked in advance.
Tickets bought via 3rd party sites are slightly more expensive.
Like other attractions in Rome, Galleria Borghese used to be free every first Sunday of the month. To be honest, that’s the worst time of the month to visit Galleria Borghese as it inevitably gets very crowded, so consider this option only if you are on a very strict budget.
Please take care to notice that as of spring 2019 the rules regarding the free Sundays have changed. Free Sundays are now available only between October and March included; whereas they are not available between April and September, which are the busiest months.
Galleria Borghese can be accessed for free on the last 3 time slots (1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm) of each second Wednesday of the month.
TIP: Keep in mind that even when entrance to Galleria Borghese is free, you need to book your time slot and pay the €2 reservation fee.
What to do if Galleria Borghese tickets are sold out
If you haven’t reserved your 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. However, you may wish to try your luck for last minute tickets to Galleria Borghese by showing up at the ticket counter 45 to 30 minutes after the starting time of each time slot. If there have been cancellations, you may be allowed to get in.
TIP: You can call the museum at +39 0632810 to see if there are any last minute cancellations.
Please take care to notice that last minute tickets are very limited and depend on cancellations and that in case you get in on a last minute ticket, your visit will only be of 90 minutes as opposed to 120 minutes.
Galleria Borghese is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (last entry is at 5:00 pm). The museum is open until 9:00 pm (last entry at 7:00 pm) on Thursdays.
The museum is closed on Mondays and on 25 December and 1 January.
7 tips to maximize your time at Galleria Borghese
Bring your ID
Chances are that you won’t be asked to show your ID card at the ticket counter, 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 – that’s 2 hours for the time spent browsing around the museum as per the time slot you will be assigned, plus 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) and sort a few things out before the visit.
Though it is recommended to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled visit, I recommend arriving 45 minutes early. Indeed, remember that upon arriving you will have to pick up your tickets, check in your bags, perhaps use the toilets or get a drink at the coffee shop, arrange a guide or audio-guide.
If you are on the last time slot, visit the gift shop before you get in
The gift shop closes at 7:00 pm sharp, so 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, make sure to go a bit earlier than scheduled to browse the shop before your visit starts.
Check in your bags
You really 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, strollers and umbrellas at the cloak room – which is free.
Take your camera
You can take your camera inside Galleria Borghese as photos are allowed, but remember that flash photography is is not, so turn your flash off before walking in.
But no food or drinks
Food and drinks – including water – aren’t allowed inside the museum, so leave anything you have inside the bag you will check in at the cloak room.
Start on the top floor
This tip is for those who are visiting Galleria Borghese independently and can decide where to start their visit and how much time to spend in each room.
Only 90 people at once are allowed in the paintings galleries on the top floor, and they can stay inside for no more than 30 minutes. Start your visit from the top floor, as the rest of the people – especially those on guided tours – will be visiting the ground floor first. This way, you can have the painting galleries to yourself and avoid the crowds.
Toilets and other facilities at Galleria Borghese
Toilets and a coffee shop are located in the basement.
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 keep in mind that this 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.
Dogs are not allowed in the museum, with the exception of guide dogs who on the other hand are welcome.
How to get to Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese is located at Piazzale Scipione Borghese n. 5, inside the Borghese Gardens on the Pincian Hill.
Getting to Galleria Borghese is actually very easy, as you can easily access the Pincian Hill from Piazza del Popolo, one of the best known squares in Rome.
Getting to Galleria Borghese by bus
The best option if you want to travel to Galleria Borghese by bus is taking bus n. 52, 53 or 910. Get off at Via Pinciana (just 3 minutes away from the museum) or Piazzale Brasile, from where it is an easy 10 minutes walk. I recommend actually going through the park.
Getting to Galleria Borghese 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.
Further readings about Rome
If you have limited time in Rome, make sure to check out my itineraries to help you plan your visit:
- The Perfect Itinerary To See Rome In A Day
- The Perfect Itinerary To See Rome In 2 Days
- The Perfect Itinerary For 3 Days In Rome
If, on the other hand, you are planning to stay a bit longer in the Eternal City, you may also want to get out. In this case, make sure to read my post “20 Great Day Trips From Rome.”
For more tips on how to make the most of your time in Rome, read my tip-packed posts:
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- How To Get Tickets To The Sistine Chapel And The Vatican Museums And Skip The Line
- How To Get St. Peter’s Basilica Tickets And Skip The Line