How to get to the
Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery's location and entrance

Getting to the Borghese Gallery in Rome

The Borghese Gallery is situated in the heart of Rome, Italy, specifically at Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5,  within the idyllic Villa Borghese Park.

Its central location makes it easily accessible from various points in the city, whether on foot, by car or public transportation. Due to its proximity to the Vatican, it can serve as an excellent complement to a day spent exploring the historical and spiritual sites of Rome.

Tickets for the Borghese Gallery are essential as the gallery admits a limited number of visitors in 2-hour time slots. The Borghese Gallery is closed on Mondays, but open throughout the rest of the week.

How to get to the Borghese Gallery

How to get there on foot

The gallery is located within the Villa Borghese gardens, in Rome’s Municipio II, making it easily accessible from many other major attractions in the Eternal City. Within the gardens, the gallery is about a 10-minute walk from Bioparco di Roma and Piazza di Siena by following the signs. It also takes about 15 minutes away on foot from National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GNAM), Pincio Promenade (Terrazza del Pincio) and Via Veneto.

The walk from the Spanish Steps, just south of the gardens is a pleasant 20-minute stroll through one of Rome's most charming areas. Starting from the Spanish Steps, head towards Via Scipione Borghese and follow the signs leading to the Borghese Gallery.

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How to get there by bus/metro

Public transportation is a convenient way to reach the Borghese Gallery. It is worth nothing that the Roma Pass offers unlimited access to the city’s public transport, making the bus and metro a cost-effective option for sightseeing in Rome.

If opting for the metro, take Line A to Flaminio station and from there its a short walk through the Villa Borghese gardens to the gallery. Alternatively, you can get off at the Spagna metro station, which is near the Spanish Steps and offers a direct path to the gallery.

For bus travelers, several routes stop near the Borghese Gallery, such as lines 52, 53, 63, 83, 92 and 910 that drop passengers at Pinciana/Museo Borghese, or the 61, 89, 160, 490 and 495 that stop at S.Paolo del Brasile.

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How to get there by car

For visitors traveling with strollers or those who prefer the convenience of private transport, driving to the Borghese Gallery might seem like a good option.

Navigating the streets of Rome can be challenging due to the city’s heavy traffic conditions and numerous restricted zones.

Should you decide to travel by car, you will find paid parking available along Via Pinciana, which is conveniently adjacent to the Borghese Gallery entrance. It’s advisable to check the gallery’s opening times before your visit and aim to arrive early, as parking spaces in the vicinity are generally limited.

Alternatively, if you would rather avoid the hassle of finding parking, opting for a taxi service can be a more stress-free way to reach the gallery.

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The Borghese Family and Villa Borghese Gardens

The Borghese Gallery stands as an embodiment of the rich artistic and cultural legacy shaped by the esteemed Borghese family, prominently featuring masterpieces by artists such as Bernini and Caravaggio. Nestled within the lush embrace of the Villa Borghese Gardens, this historic museum attracts art lovers from around the world to its thoughtfully curated collections.

The Villa Borghese Gardens, where the museum is located, provide a picturesque setting that spans 80 hectares. As the largest public park in Rome, the Villa Borghese Park offers a tranquil retreat with its manicured gardens, fountains, and lakes. The gallery itself is situated on Pincian Hill, offering visitors scenic views over Piazza del Popolo. Adjacent to the gardens are notable landmarks such as Villa Medici, the Louvre, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Visitors entering the museum do so through the Piazzale del Museo Borghese, a plaza that welcomes thousands to explore the opulent interior of the building and the enchanting greenery that surrounds it. The historical significance of this place surpasses merely its collections, as it is a living testament to the Borghese family's impact on Rome's cultural and architectural development.

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