Green Rome: Villa Borghese
Originally a private vineyard, over the centuries Villa Borghese has become more than just a place for a romantic stroll – it’s also home to museums, art galleries, a lake and a bio park, not to mention numerous fountains and statues. If you’re coming to Rome with kids it’s great place for them to safely run around.
The park has three secret gardens – secluded areas originally meant for privileged visitors. The first is the Giardino dei Melangoli with its distinctive eagle fountain, the second is the formally laid out Flower Garden and the third secret garden is in front of the Aviary with its famous sundial.Elsewhere in the park you’ll find the Borghese Gallery, home one of the most beautiful art collections in Italy including works by Canova, Tiziano, Raphael, Bernini, Rubens and Caravaggio. Other attractions include the Lake Garden (Giardino del Lago), an English style garden bug with exotic plants like Banana trees and a temple on an island in the middle of the lake. There’s even what the Guinness Book of World Records says is the smallest cinema in the world.
If that’s not enough there are very often festivals, concerts and other events held in Villa Borghese making it great place to spend an hour or two. You’ll find the park in the area above Piazza del Popolo stretching towards Via Veneto. Getting to it from central Rome is easy, you can stroll in to it from the top of the Spanish Steps or walk up to it from Piazza del Popolo.
Entrance to the Villa is free but you need to buy tickets to enter the museums and art gallery. These can be bought on the day or online in advance to save waiting in what is often a long line. Options include a simple skip the line ticket or entrance tickets with guided tour through the gardens, museums and the Borghese Gallery. Both are run by Viator one of the biggest tour operators in Rome.