Galleria Borghese (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Rome, Italy

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate • Wheelchair Accessible

Description

This walk is an in-depth examination of the Galleria Borghese taken in the company of an art historian who can unfold for you the layers of meaning—social, political, and artistic—of one of the greatest private art collections in the world. Commissions and acquisitions of pieces by the likes of Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Bernini made the Borghese the premier collectors of their day and their former suburban palace turned private museum is now one of the most important and certainly one of the most elegant museums in Rome.

Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew to Pope Paul V, was the mastermind behind the collection; his personal relationships with acclaimed artists and his impressive purchases made what the collection is today. His impeccable taste and trained eye was virtually unprecedented and set an incredibly high standard for any subsequent private collection that followed.

The present-day museum, handed over to the Italian State in 1902, is spread out over two floors. Our visit will spend equal time with both the sculpture on the ground floor and the paintings of the upper floor. We will also contemplate the architecture of the building and its famed grounds and gardens.

Over the course of the two hour visit (unfortunately, the maximum amount of time allowed for visits), the group will get a better understanding of not only the art the Galleria contains but the intricacies and politics of art collecting during the Baroque period.

Note: Context will take care of the necessary reservation in advance. You will pay for the tickets upon your booking and your docent will collect them for you at the entrance of the museum on the day of the walk

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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