Museum / Park
Reviewed by Clare M.
"My Take: In my opinion, Rome’s Botanical Gardens or “Orto Botanico” is one of the city’s best-kept secrets and is the ideal getaway from the hustle an ..." more
Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review The glorious Villa Borghese is a vast, beautiful park that offers visitors and citizens alike a much-needed oasis from the congested city streets. Among the many museums and cultural attractions within the park is Galleria Borghese, where visitors can admire the sculptural masterpieces of Bernini and paintings by Titian ... more
Via Pinciana, 31
The Romans were smart when they threw this town together, because they included a lot of space for parks in Rome.
Lush green fields dotted with historic villas are the norm, as are perfectly landscaped gardens that were once owned by Italian nobility. Near the city center, Villa Borghese is a stunning park near Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. Bikers and joggers are always making their way through the Villa, and the area above Popola offers stunning views of the city.
Another one of the great Rome parks is Villa Pamphili, right by the Vatican, with little playgrounds, lakes and ponies to ride. It’s often very quiet here, so if the tourist madness has you down, this is the place to go.
Parco dell'Appia Antica, also called Parco della Caffarella, is full of ancient ruins and has cool guided tours in English you can take by bicycle or on foot. Villa Torlonia, meanwhile, is famous for its Jewish catacombs, while Villa Adriana has beautiful ancient gardens.
Sure, there are cool buildings to see in Rome, but sometimes you just have to check out from the hustle and bustle of city life and remember that even the fiercest Roman soldiers took to the parks to relax once and awhile.