Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese
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These lavish 17th-century gardens on Pincian Hill is one of the largest urban parks in Rome and the perfect place for appreciating Roman art amidst landscaped greenery. Built on a former vineyard, Villa Borghese now houses Galleria Borghese, one of the top art galleries in the world, along with sculptures and fountains littered throughout the park. Don't miss the spectacular views of Rome near the Popolo Piazza entrance too. The gardens are lovely for a stroll, though a bicycle or golf cart tour will let you cover its extensive grounds more quickly. – Tripadvisor
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Escape from the Busy City
    This is a large, beautiful park with nice walkways, ponds, statues, benches, gardens, and an art gallery. It makes for a nice escape from the loud and busy streets of Rome. You can rent bikes or boats, or just stroll. There's a cafe too.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely park
    The park is quite nice to stroll around in, with many things to see and do. There are lots of statues, fountains and benches as well as all of the beautiful greenery. You can rent bikes or boats and there's a cafe too. I loved seeing all of the turtles swimming in the pond and the abundance of green parrots flying overhead. We were unable to get tickets to the gallery before they sold out, but decided to visit the park anyway and I am so glad we did. It was a nice break from the more crowded tourist areas. Worth mentioning is that this park is quite large and it is easy to get turned around, so you may want to use google maps to determine what landmarks you would like to see and head to that area. Also, there are a lot of mosquitos near the bodies of water so you may want insect repellent.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Babak S
    Bloomington, Indiana14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect escape from the busy Roman streets
    A great park full of history, shades, and places to unwind and get away from the bustling streets of Rome. I chose Villa Borghese for my morning run in our quick pass through Rome and there were already many others walking and running at 6:30am. Housed here are also a museum and the Zoo (which I didn't visit).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Jade
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views
    Beautiful views of the city from the terrace area, lovely walks and lots of shady spots. There are plenty of opportunities to get refreshments from fountains, stands and a little restaurant. The boating lake was a highlight of our trip and a bargain for only 4 euros per person for 20 minutes. The only problem is a lack of toilet facilities and you have to pay cash to use them.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • JoJ
    London, United Kingdom664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    Possibly my favourite place in Rome. It’s simply stunning. The Bernini Apollo and Daphne is out of this world. Tickets get booked well in advance so plan ahead and do not attempt to try and get on the day tickets as you may be disappointed. We booked through a guide which gave us a time slot. Limited bookings mean the gallery never feels too crowded. It’s so stunning, you won’t be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Kim D
    Norwich, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty to see
    Lovely huge park with plenty to see and many interesting statues. Makes a wonderful break from the busier sites in Rome. While nice to stroll around, it can be hard to navigate as the maps aren't very detailed and sometimes missing the "You Are Here" marker. While free to enter, you do have to pay to access things like the zoo and Galleria Borghese. Be warned that the gallery only allows entrance to a limited number of people per day, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Karim Maarouf
    Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    Very large gardens. You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring them or rent a bike to ride around. The gallery also houses some interesting artefacts. Worth a visit, especially to escape the crowds in Rome.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Emma S
    Basildon, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and quiet part of the city
    We loved it here! After the hustle and bustle and busyness of the city it was nice to find some peace and quiet amongst art and nature. Be prepared, you have to walk up some steps to get up there but it is a stop on the Big Bus tours and I’m sure other buses stop off there. Lots of parakeets and other birds to see and I was quite happy in the little cafe trying to photograph them. It’s quite a big site and you can hire bikes to have a look about but it’s quite nice to have a walkabout and explore and lots of trees so plenty of shade. Beautiful in Autumn! The gallery here sells out quickly so if you want to go in, pre book in advance.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Mary Jane E
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect two hours at the Borghese Galleries
    The Borghese Gallery wisely requires a reservation which limits the number of people entering at any time. This you never feel crowded or uncomfortable. The Villa with its painted ceilings and marble decor is fabulous but it is filled with great art also. Roman sculpture but also Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, and now there is a marvelous exhibit of work done by Rubens during his time in Italy. We had a bite in their lovely cafe. Also purchased the English audio guide which I recommend. Great museum!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Nancy J
    Tirana, Albania29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure trove of high quality art from floor to ceiling covered with paintings and filled with marvelous sculptures.
    Actually visited 2013 with 4 children 7 - 16. Absolutely fabulous, compact mansion. Everything from ceiling to floor is art, and the rooms are filled with classic paintings and sculptures. A treasure trove for the artist and art historian.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 December 2023
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Harriet
Nottingham, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A truly lovely spot in the Rome. Whilst it is still busy, it feels significantly less so than the rest of the city because it is such a vast area. You can have a peaceful walk around and see lots of nature. Definitely recommend going here!
Written 10 April 2024
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CazzaWestMids
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing park and area to get away from all the noise and crowds in Rome. Beautiful with a lovely small lake where you can take a boat out.

Really close to many attractions in central Rome.
Written 5 April 2024
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Luke M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This park was very nice the views were incredible, the park itself was amazing. The park offers a lot to do with a Zoo, food, gallery’s small attractions, lakes and boats

Me and my partner spent hours here and still only explored half of the park. I would highly recommend hiring some form of transport which the part offers Caddies, bikes, manual carts etc. this way you can see everything

1 must do is the boat rides around the lake this is really peaceful and a good experience to have. It was 5 Euros per person for 20minutes which is fairly priced. The queue can get big but I would still recommend doing this. It’s very good to do with a partner and/or family.

Overall we loved our time at this park and would happily go again. Next time we would hire transport to get around more as the park is very big and has a lot to do.
Written 31 March 2024
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Nicole W
Manchester, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed the park. The views from above, the trees and buildings. Just overall breathtaking views all around.

You could easily spend an entire day here, as a couple, friends, family with children or even on a solo trip.

The park offers a lot. Scenes, museum, gallery, zoo, boats, restaurants, shops.
However the toilets are very few and far in-between so worth baring in mind if you are pregnant , have children or disabilities. The couple food places we seen you have to be a customer or pay a euro to use the toilets (porta loo).

There are ways of transport you can rent and i would recommend using these to get around the whole park to ensure you see it all. We spent 3 hours there and we did not see half of it so next time we will definitely be renting the bikes (very cheap too)

The queue for the boats can seem daunting and long however it actually goes by very quickly and is worth the wait. They take cash or card payment too!

Would highly recommend and definitely not to be missed.
Written 31 March 2024
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Agathe L
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Villa Borghese was splendid ! Me and my friends went there a few times during our holidays, to relax, read a book on a bench drained by the sun and we even used the miniboats on the lake which was a really fun and relaxed activity.
However, among all of those great things, we unfortunalety havn't been able to visit the Gallery Borghese ! There was too many people and we should have booked the visit weeks ago. So, if you want an advice : don't hesiate to book your tickets in advance !
Written 28 February 2024
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robnh61
Stockport, UK1,821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a great park to wander around. It’s tranquil despite being adjacent to a major in the centre of this great city.
At the top of the garden, there’s fantasy views of the city
Written 5 February 2024
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NipaMak
Athens, Greece13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It's such a fantastic park in the middle of the city. We visited on Sunday, and lots of families had fun with activities, enjoying themselves. Lots of greenery all around.
Written 30 January 2024
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Jack
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A nice relaxing place to go to get out of the busy city centre.

Plenty of cafés and vendors within the park.

Recommend going on the row boats if you’re thinking about it!
Written 28 January 2024
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CtMarie
Oxford, CT30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Our tour was so informative, so be sure to book one in advance of your stay in Rome. The Villa is so beautiful!
Written 7 January 2024
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Lexus M
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Nice garden. Big Enough to hire bicycles etc. Visited The BioParc Zoo and Christmas World. Will visit again once in Rome
Written 28 December 2023
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