Make your way to the Villa Borghese, then meet your museum guide for a 9am tour: pre-booking a museum ticket allows you to skip lines at the ticket booth, and visiting with a guide makes a most of this exquisite museum. Start with the artwork inside the Villa Borghese museum, a collection started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 17th century.
The artwork fills 20 rooms, and ranges from ancient artifacts to classical antiquities, frescoes, sculptures, and paintings. Learn about how the artwork in the museum intertwines with the history of the powerful Borghese family, and about their relationship with the Emperor Napoleon.
After exploring the galleries, continue outside for a walking tour of the Villa Borghese gardens, where walking paths wrap around tiny lakes and manicured trees, with a breathtaking view over the Piazza del Popolo and Roman rooftops. Sit down to a luxurious picnic with glasses, cutlery, and organic food, including specialty items from an Italian deli—vegetarian meals are also available. You’ll have time to enjoy the shade, the views, and the peace of the scenic spot, which the Borghese family built as a haven from busy Roman life. This 3-hour, guided Villa Borghese tour concludes after your meal.