The Borghese Museum was once one of Rome’s most splendid villas. Now showcasing a fabulous collection of antiques, paintings, and sculptures amassed by the luxury loving Cardinal Scipione Borghese, with help from his uncle Pope Paul V, the museum is also home to examples of 17th century interior design at the height of its extravagance.
Designed by Scipione Borghese as a party villa, the Borghese and its collection were the height of papal indulgence. Scipione Borghese used his influence as Cardinal and Papal Nephew to increase the family’s wealth, and indulge in his avid love of the arts. As an early patron of Bernini and collector of Caravaggio, he had a privileged access to the art of his time. While not always scrupulous in their dealings, the result of Scipione and his uncle’s indulgence is a unique experience for the modern visitor. While most galleries house pieces of art originally meant for a different patron or location much of the sculpture of the Borghese remains in the spaces for which they were intended, adding a sense of place to their beauty. As you take in both the art on display and the stunning design of the villa, both inside and out, you may find yourself wondering if the very museum itself isn’t also a work of art.Book now
With its intriguing history and spectacular collections, the Borghese museum is one of the most exclusive museums in Rome. Our goal with this tour is to not only guarantee you access to these beautiful works of art, but to also elevate your time spent in Rome to a truly exceptional experience.Book now