How to skip the line at the Borghese Gallery

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Galleria Borghese is one of Rome’s most hauntingly beautiful museums: not just its contents – an unrivalled collection of priceless paintings and the world’s motherlode of the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini – but also the Renaissance palazzo it’s housed in and its surroundings in the sumptuous Villa Borghese park.

Often skipped over in favor of the larger Vatican Museums just over the river, to miss this museum would be a mistake, as it provides the most perfect Rome experience: the apotheosis of artistic triumph in sumptuous surroundings, but one that is off the beaten tourist path.

Better still, Galleria Borghese limits the number of people inside the gallery at any given time to 100 (a must in the time of Covid-19 – see below for specific Covid rules for the gallery), which guarantees a more thoughtful experience for the visitor, rather than the shocking crowds that one may find in some of Rome’s other attractions.

Special Rules for visiting the Galleria Borghese during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • You may not buy tickets in person – they must be booked online (see below).
  • When you arrive at the gallery, you will need to exchange your email voucher for a ticket. You do this at the temporary buildings that are past the main entrance.
  • You will need to deposit all bags at the cloakroom, which is in the temporary building next door to the ticket office.
  • Visitor numbers are now reduced for safety – which will give you an even better experience.
  • Your temperature will be checked at the door with an infra-red thermometer, and if it is higher than 37.5C (99.5F) you will be turned away and advised to take a Covid test.
  • All visitors must wear a face mask during their entire visit in the gallery. Failure to do so will result in not being allowed in, or being expelled from the gallery.
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Galleria Borghese key info

For special visiting rules due to Covid-19, please see below.

Visit times

Tuesday – Sunday
9 am – 11 am
11 am – 1 pm
1 pm – 3 pm
3 pm – 5 pm
5 pm – 7 pm
Gallery closed Mondays

Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5
00197 Roma, Italia

Nearest metro: Flaminio (Linea A)

What you need to know about booking a visit to Galleria Borghese

  • All visits to Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance.
  • There are no lines at the gallery to skip – you must turn up at the gallery entrance just before the time you have booked, and then you will be allowed inside in your small cohort.
  • You can not bring any bags in, though cameras are allowed.
  • You have two hours to visit, after which time you must leave.
  • Please see below for special rules during the pandemic.

How to book tickets to the Borghese Gallery

  1. Without any shadow of a doubt, a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery is the best way to visit it. There is so much astounding genius within that of course can be appreciated on its own merits, but someone who knows the history and techniques of the masterpieces will bring the entire place alive for you and create a visit like no other.
  2. Try to negotiate the official ticketing site – the interface is alas confusing and poorly designed, and tickets are often sold out weeks in advance.
  3. Grab a last minute ticket – a decent interface and tickets are available at short notice
  4. If you have a Roma Pass, or qualify for a free ticket (see below), bear in mind that though the Gallery is free, you must still book your visit in advance, which will incur a booking fee of €2 for most people (but waived for groups marked with a * below). To book a free tour with a Roma Pass, or for any other inquiries or concessions, you must call this number: +39 06 32810 (lines open from 9 am – 6 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Sat) to check availability.

Eligibility for free tickets to the Borghese Gallery

EU citizens who are:

  • Under 18 years of age.
  • Disabled, plus one helper.*
  • Students and instructors of Fine Arts Academies or equivalent.
    Students and instructors of higher education institutes in humanities and philosophy departments, or equivalent departments and courses, in courses concerned with architecture, conservation of cultural heritage, education, degree courses in humanities or literary subjects with a focus on archaeology, history or art history.
  • Qualified tour guides performing their professional activity.*
  • Credentialed journalists.*

Citizens of non-EU countries: if your country has a reciprocal arrangement with the EU (please consult your own government’s cultural department for information).

*Eligible to waive the €2 booking fee

Eligibility for reduced tickets to the Borghese Gallery

  • EU citizens between 18-25 years of age
  • Citizens of countries with a reciprocal arrangement with the EU.

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