Borghese Gallery
Best Time to Visit

When is the best time of the year to visit the Borghese Gallery?

Visiting the Borghese Gallery
in the summer

Visiting the Borghese Gallery in the summer offers a delightful blend of art and nature, as its collection of sculptures and paintings look impressive against the lush greenery of the gardens.

In the summer, consider scheduling your trip to the Borghese Gallery during the hottest part of the day, rather than in the early morning or evening. This way, you will get to appreciate the gallery’s cooler temperatures when it's warmest outside. Then, either before or after exploring the gallery, you can spend in the gardens, when the weather is more pleasant.

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Visiting the Borghese Gallery
in the winter

During winter, the Borghese Gallery transforms into a peaceful retreat, perfect for admiring its world-class art in a tranquil and cozy atmosphere, sheltered from Rome’s chilly weather.

The best time to visit the Borghese Gallery during the winter is during the week, as weekends tend to be busier. The period from November to February typically sees fewer crowds, and visiting early in the day offers a quieter experience. Keep in mind that the gallery is closed on Mondays, and that opening hours may vary during winter.

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Visiting the Borghese Gallery
during spring and autumn

The shoulder seasons, namely spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November), are considered some of the best times to visit the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The shoulder seasons offer a delightful experience in both the gallery and its gardens, likely with fewer tourists.

For the best experience, aim for a visit on a weekday morning, right after opening, for a more tranquil atmosphere.  Make sure to confirm the gallery's opening hours and holiday closures, and remember that it's closed on Mondays.

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When is the best time of the day to visit the Borghese Gallery?

The best time of day to visit the Borghese Gallery is typically early in the morning, right when it opens. This will allow you to enjoy the collection in a quieter setting before the crowds arrive.

The Borghese Gallery offers a unique experience by allowing only 180 visitors at a time for 2-hour sessions, creating a more intimate viewing of world-class artworks by renowned artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. This policy allows for a more personal and sustainable experience, in contrast to the crowded settings of the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum.

The Borghese Gallery schedules these 2-hour sessions every hour from 9 AM to 5 PM and closes at 7 PM. There is also a shorter time slot, lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes, which can be booked at 5:45 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. The ticket office at the Borghese Gallery operates between 8.30 AM and one hour before closing time. More information on the Borghese Gallery opening hours here.

The time slots for visiting the Borghese Gallery are as follows:
  • 9 AM to 11 AM
  • 10 AM to 12 PM
  • 11 AM to 1 PM
  • 12 PM to 2 PM
  • 1 PM to 3 PM
  • 2 PM to 4 PM
  • 3 PM to 5 PM
  • 4 PM to 6 PM
  • 5 PM to 7 PM
  • 5:45 PM to 7 PM*
*tickets for the final time slot are sold at a lower price.