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Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour

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Roma, Italy
Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour

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Overview

For an in-depth experience of baroque Rome, treat yourself to a private art history tour led by an experienced historian-guide. Visit the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese) to see its renowned collection of art and statues, and then wander through the gardens of Villa Borghese, down to Piazza del Popolo for a tour of Santa Maria del Popolo, a 15th-century church home to two works by Caravaggio. Throughout this experience, enjoy the personalized attention that comes with a private guide.
  • Private walking tour of Baroque Rome and the Galleria Borghese
  • Guided tour of the Galleria Borghese
  • Guided tour of Santa Maria del Popolo
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tours
  • English-speaking guide specializing in art history
  • Departs from the Borghese Gallery and concludes at Piazza del Popolo
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private art tour
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests
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Professional art historian guide
Private tour
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Point: Entrance to Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), in Villa Borghese Directions: The guide will be waiting for you with a sign displaying your name. Dates: Daily, except Sunday and Monday

Return Details

Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy

The tour finishes outside the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in Piazza del Popolo.

Meet your guide at the Borghese Gallery, housed in the Villa Borghese, to begin your private walking tour of Rome’s baroque art and architecture. Head inside to tour the gallery with your guide, an art historian with much knowledge to share about the history and art of the villa, which dates back to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who filled his home with an impressive collection of works.

Admire several statues by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, including Apollo and Daphne, David and Rape of Proserpine, and see a Canova sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte Borghese. Don’t miss paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael before leaving the gallery to walk through the lovely Villa Borghese gardens down to Piazza del Popolo, a busy Rome square.

Head inside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo with your guide to see two of Caravaggio’s famous works—Crucifixion of St Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus; with your guide’s artistic help, compare these baroque paintings with Raphael’s Renaissance-style Chigi Chapel. Your tour then ends at Piazza del Popolo, a central location from where you can continue exploring the city on your own.

Note: This private tour can be customized to your interests by your professional guide; please list any particular interests you have, such as architecture, history or culture, at the time of booking so your guide can prepare.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galleria Borghese
Your private walking tour starts at the Galleria Borghese, the beautiful palace where Cardinal Scipione Borghese lived with his famous art collection in the heart of Rome's most beautiful park, the Borghese Gardens. You will see Bernini's famous statues of Apollo and Daphne, David, the Rape of Proserpine and Canova's reclining nude of Paulina Borghese. Among the collection are many paintings by Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. After touring the gallery, you'll take a walk through the gardens to reach Piazza del Popolo. Here you'll tour the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, with two of Caravaggio's most famous compositions. You'll be able to compare the order and harmony of Raphael's Renaissance Chigi Chapel with the emotional and sensual strength of Caravaggio's Baroque artworks. This in-depth private tour of Rome's Baroque art and architecture is hosted by a professional guide specializing in art history. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza del Popolo
The church of Santa Maria del Popolo is where the most famous two Caravaggio paintings are found; "The Cruxifiction of Saint Peter" and "the Conversion of Saint Paul".
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARTSTUR Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Borghese Gallery & Caravaggio in S.ta Maria in Popolo, Baroque Rome Private Tour.

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Our guide Laura (Carbonara) was an...
Debbie
, Oct 2018
Our guide Laura (Carbonara) was an absolutely wonderful guide and for us worth the cost. She has worked at the Borghese Villa and is very familiar with the process and staff as well as all the artwork. She studied art history and was able to help us understand not only the history of the pieces but the history of the Borghese family and their place in Italian history. She spoke fluent English and quickly picked up on what our individual interests were which helped us focus within our limited time. (The 2-hour window in the Borghese is absolute - they clear the museum when your time slot ends). We had a small-mix up about the inclusion of Santa Maria De Poppolo in our tour and Laura went over the top to get that straightened out. My only suggestion would be that it would be better to have guests meet the guide at 8:45. We met Laura at 9:00 and people had already been going in to check bags before that. Felt like we missed a few opening minutes of our allotted time. (One general comment - since the Borghese limits each time slot to 360 people and crowds are manageable, if you are not truly interested in sculpture/art/Italian history you might not need to splurge on a private tour here.) Thank you for your service, it was just what we needed.
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Wonderful tour with our guide, Maria...
Kristina M
, May 2018
Wonderful tour with our guide, Maria Ludovica. Ludo combined interesting historical stories with the beautiful works of art to enhance our visit. We learned so much and had great fun! Would highly recommend! Ludo had great communications before the start of the tour important since the Borghese Gallery is strict about entrance and exit times.
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What a marvelous morning in this...
Joanne H
, Apr 2018
What a marvelous morning in this wonderful museum. Maria had an advanced degree in Art History and spoke excellent English. She guided us through this amazing museum, pointing out the most important works and noting the features that made them special. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in art.
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Excellent tour! Our guide was...
Andres B
, Jan 2018
Excellent tour! Our guide was Gianluca Farris and he was outstanding! Not only did he know everything related to the Gallery and its history, but he also gave us tips and recommendations for restaurants and other places when our tour was over. He even bough us a cappuccino! The Borghese Gallery is a must, you can't miss it. And it's absolutely worth it to make it a private tour. You will learn and enjoy your visit so much more!
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This was the most surprisingly...
PATRICIA O
, Oct 2017
This was the most surprisingly wonderful tour we took of the many tours we took. Our guide was marvelous. If you miss this tour, you have missed one of the best This was the most surprisingly wonderful tour we took. Our guide was marvelous and the artwork in our opinion was akin to going to the Uffizi or the Musee D'Orsey. Bernini, Michaelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael. The Bernini's are stunning!
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Very knowledgeable, very passionate...
Allan H
, Oct 2017
Very knowledgeable, very passionate. Spoke good English. Very organized.
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Our expert in art history was...
catherinerhoff
, Jun 2017
Our expert in art history was fantastic. In a private group you get to see more, and tailor to your interests.
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Luca, our guide, was a font of...
Lisa D
, Jan 2017
Luca, our guide, was a font of detailed and entertaining information to provide history and context to what we saw. We would whole heartedly do again. The only way to experience this exquisite treasure trove of art!
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Amazing and absolutely worth every...
James R
, Jan 2017
Amazing and absolutely worth every cent. Our guide Maria Ludavica was very knowledgeable and even my wife who is very well versed in art history learned a great deal. A warm and wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone with even a small interest in art.
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To participate in the learning of...
RICHARD H S
, Nov 2016
To participate in the learning of history and the artists who created such awesome paintings and sculptures was exhilarating! We had never really knew much about Bernini until this wonderful tour. Isabella was very knowledgeable and made sure that we understood what she was telling us. It was worth the long walk up to the Gallery and putting up with the rain! Do it!

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