Only way to see the Borghese Gallery. Knowledgeable guide. If you visit on your own you must have a reservation. Only allowed 2 hours with or without a guide. Book the tour. You also get a walking tour thru the gardens.
This guided tour focuses on the best and most interesting art and sculpture in this private collection. Our guide was on-time, pleasant and knowledgable. He also helped me get between floors by asking staff to assist me using the lift as I had a recently injured foot and cane.
I felt the pace of the tour was slower than necessary, even allowing that the guides try to coordinate their groups through the rooms for less-crowded viewing. This is an art appreciation tour. The artwork is beautiful and the walk through the gardens is delightful- even with a cane.
This tour was well worth it - knowledgeable guide, described the major exhibits of the Gallery and grounds very well. I was also impressed by the tour company, Gray Line - I Love Rome by Carrani Tours. I booked the tour less than 10 hours prior, as my original tour was cancelled last minute. The tour was full, but I was able to book it through Viator due to a glitch in the website. They let me join - I had to pay in cash for my Gallery ticket because it was not pre-purchased with the rest of the group, but my credit card was almost immediately refunded the cost. The Borghese Gallery is a must if you visit Rome, and I would definitely see it with this small-group tour!!
We saw this tour towards the end of our trip in Rome, and maybe I was jaded. It struck me as pretty much just another ostentatious building, stuffed with sculptures and paintings and other objects meant to impress. I would have loved a more thorough introduction to the family who lived there, comments on changes in society through their time there, the transition of the museum to state ownership, how or if the building had and has any significance to locals. As it was, I found it to be pretty much just another crowded tourist stop.