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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
This tour is also available as a Private Tour!
09 May 2016
Fantastic Tour of the Borghese Gallery
What a great tour! Our guide was not only extremely knowledgeable but also high energy and very animated. She gave us the history of the art we were interested in but also gave colorful background stories. Reservations at the Borghese are only in 2 hour increments but she made the most of our time and had a plan to get us through as much as possible while still taking our time to really see the art.
17 April 2016
Outstanding private tour of Borghese Gallery with Isabella!
As so many others have stated, the Borghese may be one of the best museums not only in Italy but the world! The large and breathtaking collection of works by Bernini and Caravaggio would be worth it alone, but to see those works (and myriad others) in their original setting, in the amazingly decorated villa constructed by the great collector Cardinal Borghese, makes it all even more incredible. Being huge lovers of art and history, my mom & I decided to splurge for a private tour in order to get the most out of our first visit to the Borghese. Isabella, our guide, exceeded our highest expectations. She was friendly, animated, extremely informed and passionate about art, and an articulate speaker of English. An art historian who has worked at the Borghese for 18 years, she was fully versed not only in all of the art, architecture and décor, but also the history of the Borghese family and their relations with the artists. We met her outside the front entrance 15 minutes before our 2-hour visit slot, and she began by talking about the history of the site, the family and especially the Cardinal, as well as his collecting. She took us inside only after the large crowds congregating out front for the 3-5 pm slot had all entered, and throughout the tour guided us deftly through the rooms in a way that avoided congested areas. The opportunity to see so many masterpieces of painting and sculpture so close-up, with so few other people around you, is almost unique among all of the world-class museums we've visited in Europe and the US. We'll definitely return for a second visit if back in Rome! One final note about the Isabella's passion and expertise: When explaining to us the hidden meanings of a Titian masterpiece ("Sacred and Profane Love"?), she revealed that she'd actually written a novel based on this painting! Grazie, Isabella, for a wonderfully enjoyable and enlightening 2+ hours! [FYI- Booked our Borghese ticket on line several months ahead, and arrived about 40 minutes early, so no trouble collecting our tickets w/o waiting in any line, and since our hotel was only a 10 or so min walk away, we arrived with no bags, so didn't have to queue before or after to deposit or collect them. You do not need to check coats/jackets or cameras (non-flash photography is permitted), so recommend going "bagless" if you can.]
30 June 2014
"Villa Borghese Tour"
Cristina is the goddess of Roman historic knowledge and truly an outstanding tour-guide ! My fiancée and me have done dozens of tours all over the world and she beats any guide by lightyears. The Villa Borghese and its gardens are an absolute must-see in Rome as well as the early morning Vatican Tour. We cannot wait to discover more of the most significant empire in the history of human-kind with "Walks Inside Rome".