Highlights of this tour
- A visit to what is considered to be the ‘queen’ of all private collections: Caravaggio, Titian, Bernini
- A historical walk in the garden
GALLERIA BORGHESE & ITS GARDENS
GALLERIA BORGHESE – The Borghese were a wealthy bankers’ family originally from Siena. They possessed a ‘vineyard’ in Rome, where they moved in the mid 16th century.
In 1605 Camillo Borhgese was elected Pope with the name of Paul V. The Pope adopted his sister’s son, Scipione Caffarelli, who at just 29 became Cardinal with the name of Scipione Borghese.
While the family acquired enormous wealth, Cardinal Scipione, supported by the Pope his uncle, started to transform the family vineyard into the most extensive gardens built in Rome since Antiquity.
The Villa itself was built by architect Flaminio Ponzio, supported by sketches from Scipione himself.
The villa, then at the edge of Rome, was conceived as a suburban retreat for relaxation, a party space far from the central palaces of power.
Although he was not an intellectual and only possessed a mediocre cultural background, Scipione Borghese had an excellent eye. He was an early estimator and patron of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and avidly collected the works of Caravaggio.
Cost of this tour
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 295 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties.
- For larger parties send us an email
- Admission fees: 17 euros (including prebooking)
- We will book for you but we need to know at least 15 days in advance.
- The Borghese Gallery is closed on Mondays