Villa Borghese, Rome
If you need to forget about the noise and dust of the city lead yourself to this wonderful park for one day.
You can stop in Barberini Line A metro station or Spagna. In both stations get Via Sistina and from there get Via Franceso Crispi till you get Via Veneto, then crossing the Aurelian Wall and you will be inside the park.
Walking into Villa Borghese from the Piazza Flamini arch you will come to this lovely free flowing rock fountain. Yet another "secret of Villa Borghese" - it is found on Via Fiorello la Guardia and very close to the Museo Carlo Bilotti. Photos from each vantage point reveal a different flow and form.
I haven't been able to locate anything about this lovely fountain so if anyone has information regarding this fountain - its name, history, etc - please send it along to me.
Casina Valadier is located here in this Piazza on the Pincio hill. But this Villa Borghese area with its many busts should be a destination unto its own. It is also located beside one of the most spectacular vistas overlooking Piazza Popolo. Because the Pincio was decorated with busts of famous Italians, many busts were added in the new alley to smooth the transition between the two gardens. These busts constitute a nightmare for the maintenance of the park as their noses are a prime target of vandals.
After visiting the Vatican city and after a few days of walking around in busy busy Rome we wanted to go and walk around somewhere where it was more quiet then the centre itself. We found Villa Borghese on our map and saw that there was a nice park next to it. The weather was nice and there were lots of people just walking around in the park. It's not a place most tourists go as we did not see too many of them, just young couples strolling in the park and some joggers and elderly people. If you want to get out of the city for a few hours, do go there as it was a beautifull spot. There also is a place where you can have a drink or something to eat in the middle of the park.
Just follow Viale del Museo Borghese till you reach Galleria Borghese.
Once's Scipione House, it contains works by Bernini, Caravaggio and some statues.
You must book tickets in advance, you cannot enter with bags, cameras, anything..so it's a total disaster, so I took a picture and followed the path.
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Photo 1: Fountain of the Sea Horses by Christopher Unterberger
Photo 2: Gryphon on a small fountain, as I came out of Galleria Borhese
Small rowboats are avaialbe for rent on the Villa Borghese Tempio Esculpio and you will find many hidden islands and fountains in the lake. Click photo to see full view.***
Returning to the main path you will find this romanttic restaurant perfect for a rest after your tour!
The place is nicer than it appears on picture.
From Bioparco, follow a narrow path that will lead you to a former amphitheatre now used for equestrian events and a little later, you'll reach at right a romantic lake next to Templo di Esculapio.
Turn left and at the end you will find Bioparco, a special zoo of local species and exotic animals designed for children.