Parks and Gardens
Rome’s captivating charm does not end in its towering buildings and historical attractions -- it extends to the hidden gardens in the heart of the city. Beautiful and enthralling, these open spaces not only offer a place for relaxation and recreation; they also play important roles in the history of the Eternal City. A quiet refuge from the city’s busy, tourist-filled streets, Rome's gardens are best enjoyed with a quiet passeggiata. Whether you’re travelling alone or spending time with family, these gardens are a must see.
Villa Borghese Gardens
Villa Borghese -- Europe’s largest urban garden, and Rome’s most popular green park -- has been impressing Roman tourists with its stunning gardens and noteworthy art masterpieces for more than 100 years.
What sets Villa Borghese apart from the nearby Hyde Park and Central Park is its unique fusion of nature and Roman art. Apart from its various flora and faunas, and impressive landscapes, Villa Borghese is also home to monuments, sculptures, fountains, and eye-catching architectural masterpieces created by different artists from various eras. The main attractions of this park includes Borghese Gallery, Paseggiata del Pincio, and Casina de Raffaelo.
This enormous garden offers both entertainment and relaxation for visitors. For a more convenient way of exploring Villa Borghese, you can rent bicycles and rollerblades at the main gates.
Villa Doria Pamphili
Known for its breathtaking landscape unmatched by any other Roman garden, Villa Doria Pamphilj is Rome’s largest park, a favourite spot among locals and tourists who want to take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Once considered a private property, Villa Doria Pamphilj is an enormous stretch of green covered by the soothing shade of pine trees. Free from large groups and tourists and touts, Villa Doria Pamphilj is a great place to interact with other tourists, refresh and unwind -- the calming panoramas in this area is enough to make you stop and stay. One of the main features of this Roman attraction is the Casino del Belrespiro and it’s stunning, manicured secret garden full of citrus trees. Unfortunately, Casino del Belrespiro and the secret garden remain off limits to tourists -- they’re for government use only.
Today, Villa Doria Pamphilj is a popular jogging spot in the city.
Via di S. Pancrazio, 00152 Roma RM, Italy
from 7.00 am to sunset
Quattro Venti Train Station
Gardens of Vatican City
The breathtaking greenery sprawled all over Vatican City are the famous Gardens of Vatican - a popular attraction that also serves as a place of meditation for Popes since 1279.
When Nicholas III decided to put up a wall for protection, he also planted a courtyard, a garden, and a lawn. The Gardens of Vatican saved a place in history as Rome’s first garden. Throughout the years, entire landscape - which takes up almost 44 hectares of the Vatican City - has evolved into an enormous beauty that is home to ancient fortifications, monuments, fountains, beautiful floras and grottoes along meandering pathways. The only way to visit Gardens of Vatican is to avail of the two-hour walking tours to this attraction. Tour tickets sell out fast - try booking a few weeks ahead of your visit. After the tour, visitors are allowed to explore the nearest attractions - Vatican Museums - on their own.
00120 Vatican City
Monday,Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday & Wednesday: Closed
Cipro Subway Station
Parco degli Acquedotti
A commanding attraction in the fields located in the outskirts of Rome, Parco Degli Acquedotti is one of Rome’s most interesting attractions.
One of the must see outdoor attractions in Rome, Parco degli Acquedotti offers tourists a chance to see the grandeur of Ancient Rome’s aqueducts. Originally built to transport fresh water from the mountains to the city, it currently stands as a testament of the Roman ingenuity when it comes to engineering. Parco degli Acquedotti is an off-the-beaten-path attraction that is virtually tourist-free -- all you’ll see are several locals enjoying the wide fields and fresh breeze. The wide meadows surrounding Aqua Felix and Aqua Claudia is dotted with umbrella pines that make the place look ethereal, especially during sunset. Rustic and memorable, Parco Degli Acquedotti is one of Rome’s most photo-worthy attractions.
Orange Garden, Rome
What’s rome without romance, right? If one of the gardens in the city can tell stories, Orange Garden -- one of Rome’s romantic destinations -- will surely have a couple of passionate stories to spill. This magical getaway spot -- which also goes by the name Giardino degli Aranci -- is one of the hidden wonders of Rome.
Despite its inviting charm, Orange Garden is not yet known to most tourists, hence, long lines and crowded spots are the last thing you should worry about. Nothing beats the feeling of walking along paths full of orange trees -- yes, the walkways are filled with a citrusy scent -- and decorated with towering stone pines. During sunset, people congregate near the walls to see stunning views of Rome and the nearby Tibet River. Apart from sightseeing, you can also come here to relax and have a good time -- bring in a blanket, wine, and a food basket and relish the majestic sight of the Roman sunset. Locals come here to celebrate almost everything. Newlyweds and couples flock here to take some photos -- don’t be shocked to see a couple of PDAs here and there. Located near the garden is the famous keyhole -- peep inside and you’ll see hedges and greenery, and a small cameo of the nearby St. Peter’s Basilica.
Piazza Pietro D'Illiria, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
October to February 7.00 - 18.00
March and September 7.00 - 20.00
from April to August 7.00 - 21.00
Trastevere (Mastai) Light Rail Station
Orto Botanico di Roma
The Botanical Garden of Rome -- also known as Orto Botanica di Roma -- is one of the interesting nature museums in the Eternal City. The entire garden covers a total of 12 hectares and it is home to various floras and faunas, and towering trees -- some extending to the main roads.
In Orto Botanica di Roma, you’ll find several historical greenhouses such as the Monumental Greenhouse, The Corsini Greenhouse, The French Greenhouse, and the Tropical Greenhouse. This historical garden holds an impressive collection of botanical life ranging from palms, bamboos, roses, medical plants, aquatic plants, and oriental produce. This garden may be small compared to the other sprawling landscapes in the city, but this place is teeming with life and beauty. If you’re looking for a relaxing place to take a quick break from Rome’s city hustle, Orto Botanica Di Roma is the place to be.
Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6:30pm
Belli Light Rail Station
Rome’s second largest garden, Villa Ada is a serene park where visitors and locals alike can enjoy a myriad of activities such as cycling, jogging, and attending various musical performances. Villa Ada offers a quick getaway from the city within the city.
People from northern Rome consider this park a favourite -- during sunny days, you’ll most likely see them on the fields playing with their children or running around and exercising. Villa Ada is a great place for relaxation and meditation and there’s a good reason to it -- the park is endowed with a seemingly endless stretch of lush greenery complemented by various floras and faunas that delight the eye. Take a quick break from Rome’s hectic scene by relaxing near the lake or by taking a stroll in the nearby woods.
Every summer, one of Rome’s biggest annual music festivals -- Roma Incontra Il Mundo -- is held here.
Via Salaria, 267/273/275, 001 Roma RM, Italy
Open from 7am to sunset
Rome Rose Garden
Springtime in Rome’s Aventine Hill is blooming -- quite literally. In one of its prime spots is the esteemed Rome Rose Garden -- also known as The Roseto Comunale -- a beautiful attraction that opens only from April to mid June. Once a Jewish cemetery, the place pays tribute to its origin in a most poignant way -- the pathways are inspired by the shape of a menorah.
The Rose Garden holds an extensive collection of roses -- 1,100 varieties to be exact -- ranging from bright colored blooms to flowers of gentle hues. The scents and sights created by thousands of flowers is nothing short of remarkable. You can spend hours here walking around, photographing the roses, and learning more about one of the world’s most popular flowers. The Rose Garden also offers tourists great vantage spots that overlook Palatine and Circo Massimo. Open for all tourists, the Rose Garden is an attraction you’ll enjoy -- even if you’re not a rose enthusiast.
Via di Valle Murcia, 6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Monday - Sunday: 8:30am - 7:30pm
Aventino/albania Light Rail Station
Nestled between Terme di Caracalla and the Colosseum, Villa Celimontana is an architectural masterpiece of ancient Rome. Considered as one of the most beautiful parks in Rome, the park is an oasis of greenery free from the the noise most tourists are accustomed to.
Villa Celimontana brims with architectural details -- several examples include ancient carved marble in pathways, a hidden obelisk, fountains, and fish ponds that never fail to entertain the children. Beautiful with a calming ambience, Villa Celimontana is a great place for family picnics and get togethers -- leaving is always a difficult thing to do. This garden is a favourite among newlyweds and lovers. In the middle of a garden is a vintage building which holds some of the family’s collection of antiques and art.
Art exhibitions and special events are often held here. During summer nights, a jazz concert serenades the visitors.
Via della Navicella, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Monday - Sunday: 7:00am to sunset
Parco Celio Light Rail Station
Parco "Tutti Insieme"
A vast green complex that’s home to several features including sports and recreational facilities, a playground for kids, a picnic place, and a competition-certified 18-hole golf course.
Sightseeing historical landmarks may be the best thing to do in Rome, but there is also another way of enjoying the Italian sun -- spending time at the Parco Tutti Insieme. Parco Tutti Insieme -- the All Together Park -- is an open space kids and adults alike will enjoy. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the impressive 18-hole golf course. A large picnic area bid visitors to unwind and stay for a while. Take refuge from the heat of Rome by cooling down in Parco Tutti Insieme’s biolago.
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Date Modified: 03/10/2019