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The Borghese Gallery (in Italian: Galleria Borghese) is an art gallery in Rome. It  houses a substantial part of the Borghese Collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621). The building was constructed by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese himself, who used it as a villa suburbana, a country villa at the edge of Rome. The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors.

The gallery stands in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, which is one of the largest and most attractive public parks in Rome. It contains many interesting features,  including fountains, obelisks, busts of famous people, the Carlo Bilotti modern art museum in the old Orangery, the public zoo or Biopark, and a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where theatrical performances are regularly held. Entrance to these gardens is free and you can enjoy a picnic, a leisurely stroll or a bike ride there. Many people also go roller-skating in the park.

Tickets to the Borghese Gallery are limited, so you should book well in advance. Only around 300 people are admitted to the Gallery at a time, with admissions on the hour every hour (2 hours is the fixed duration of the visit). This means that you can fully enjoy the uncrowded spaces of the museum, but you will need to decide on the day and entry time of your visit before you go there. Bear in mind that it takes about 10 minutes to walk to the gallery from the entrance to the park of Villa Borghese. All bags, including handbags, must be left in the cloakroom, but you can use your phone or camera to take pictures in the gallery.

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What is the Borghese Gallery?

The Borghese Gallery (in Italian Galleria Borghese) is a collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities which were part of the personal art collection of Pope Paul V’s wealthy nephew Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Some pieces from the original immense collection were taken to the Louvre in the Napoleonic period, but many of them remain.

These include some of Bernini’s most impressive sculptures (Apollo and Daphne, David and the Rape of Prosperpina), several paintings by Caravaggio (notably The Sick Bacchus, David with the Head of Goliath, Saint John the Baptist and the Madonna and Child with St. Anne), and Canova’s acclaimed sculpture of Napoleon’s scandalous sister Paolina Bonaparte Borghese as a semi-nude Venus.

General information

Useful information for your visit to the Borghese Gallery.


The Borghese Gallery stands in the eastern end of the Villa Borghese park and is most quickly accessed from the entrance on Via Pinciana (100 meters away) or from Via Pietro Raimondi (200 meters to the north). It can be easily reached on foot from any part of Villa Borghese, which is a pleasant walk in any direction. The address is: Piazza del Museo Borghese, 5

Opening hours

The Borghese Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 9 am to 7 pm. The ticket office is open from 8.30 am and the last entrance is at 5.45 pm.

The visit lasts for two hours (except for the last visit at 5.45 pm) with 140 people admitted at each of the following time-slots:

  • 9 am – 11 am 
  • 10 am – 12 pm 
  • 11 am – 1 pm 
  • 12 pm – 2 pm 
  • 1 pm – 3 pm 
  • 2 pm –  4 pm 
  • 3 pm – 5 pm 
  • 4 pm – 6 pm 
  • 5 pm – 7 pm 
  • 5.45 pm – 7 pm

The Borghese Gallery is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th

How to get to the Borghese Gallery

To reach the Borghese Gallery you can travel by:

Metro: take the Metro line A to Flaminio, Barberini, or Spagna, from where you can walk about 800 meters through the park to reach the gallery (click to see our guide to the Metro)

Bus: Municipal bus numbers 52, 53, 61, 89, 160, 490 and 495 all pass next to or through the Villa Borghese park close to the gallery. Bus numbers 63, 83 and 223 will leave you on Via Salaria 300 meters to the east.

Taxi: an effective way to get around Rome (click to see the guide to taxis in Rome)

Limo service (NCC): (click to see the guide to limo services in Rome)

Attractions nearby

  • The Pietro Canonica museum (300 m)
  • The Globe Theatre (350 m)
  • The Biopark or zoo (350 m)
  • The Carlo Bilotti modern art museum (500 m)
  • The GNAM National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (500 m)
  • Villa Borghese(655 m)
  • The Etruscan museum of Villa Giulia (800 m)
  • Bernini’s Triton Fountain at Piazza Barberini (800 m)
  •  National Gallery of Modern Art (889 m)
  • Our Lady of the Conception (1 km)
  • Santa Maria della Vittoria (1.1 km)
  • Piazza Barberini (1.2 km)