The leafy paths and manicured lawns of Villa Borghese are synonymous with images of Rome. One of the city’s biggest green spaces, it’s the ideal place to escape from the busy city.
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Exploring the gardens of Villa Borghese
Its enchanting gardens and greenery make Villa Borghese one of the most popular things to see in Rome. However, thanks to its enormous size – it covers an area of nearly 150 acres – it still feels like an oasis of calm in the city. These extensive landscaped gardens began their life in the early 17th century are modelled in the English style.
In 1903, Villa Borghese was purchased from the Borghese family by the city of Rome and became a public park. In 1911, the gardens were the site of the World Exposition, and many pavilions that were built here at this time still exist. And in 1960, Villa Borghese was also a venue for the summer Olympics held in Rome, hosting equestrian events.
Today, in addition to relaxing in its tranquil grounds, visitors to the gardens can visit the Galleria Borghese, an art gallery boasting works by the likes of Titian and Caravaggio. It’s also home to an amphitheatre and a botanical garden.
Other gardens to see in Rome
Villa Borghese might be Rome’s most famous garden, but there are many more worth exploring in the city. Villa Ada in the north-eastern corner is another blissful park, while Villa Doria Pamphili claims Rome’s largest landscaped gardens.