One of the greatest spots in Rome is the huge park north of the city called the Villa Borghese. Secretly flocked to by hordes of Italians, the grounds are frequently ignored by foreign visitors who divide their time among thousands of treasured spots elsewhere in the city.
These spacious grounds host an important art museum, a zoo, several fountains, hundreds of sculpted images both ancient and modern, and otherwise provide a welcome break from city life, museum touring, and the congestion of Roman roads. If Rome is a city for lovers, those lovers often find their way here.
The Borghese Gallery, near the Piazza del Popolo if you are walking, is an absolute must see. Even if you aren't into art and sculpture, the sheer quality of the Bernini sculptures will take your breath away. I cannot stress too much how wonderful this place is. You normally have to book to get in, but we got there early in December and had no trouble. Well worth the effort.
Contains some of the best pieces of Italian art I've seen. It's not cheap but so what, if you want cheap go to Turkey, you don't go to Rome for a bargain!
Is a beautiful parc just above the Piazza del Poppolo.
A perfect place to rest after a few hours in the busy town.
There is a small bar in the middle of the Parc where you can have a small pasta.
Just to relax.
The Borghese villa and its small palace were constructed at the beginning of the XVIIth century outside the Aurelian walls between the Porta Pinciana and the no longer existing Porta Salaria in an area then occupied by orchards and vineyards. Scipio Borghese first engaged Flaminio Ponzio and then Vasanzio to build it: it was constructed between 1613 and 1615. It exemplifies the villa belonging to a great Roman family at the beginning of the XVIIth century. The Museum includes works of Raffaello, Antonio Canova, Pietro e Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giulio Romano, etc.
Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 from Tuesdays to Sunday - 23/12 and 24/12 : 09:00 - 01:00pm
- closed on Monday
TRANSPORTS: BUS ATAC : 910,53.52,3,56,57,319,490,495. METRO : LINEA 'A' , SPAGNA OR BARBERINI STATION
Piazza Scipione Borghese, 5 (Villa Borghese)
TICKET PRICES: - Lit. 14.000 + Lit. 7.000 (booking fees) for persons over 25 and below 65 years old - Lit. 7.000 + Lit. 7.000 (booking fees)- for persons over 18 and below 25 years old - Lit. 2.000 + Lit. 7.000 (booking fees) for persons below 18 and over 60 years old.(european citizens only)
For relaxing, sun bathing, flying a kite visit the Villa Borghese park. It is even possible to rent a row boat and row around the small lake. The park contains several intersting museums. The Villa Borghese Museum should not be missed, it contains works from Bernini. Reservations must be made in advance. The Museum of Modern Art is also in the Park, along with the Zoo.
Another must-see is the Borghese Gallery. If you have the chance to see it, it is wonderful. The sculptures and paintings are gorgeous--bellissimo! This is the exterior of the building, which had just re-opened about a month before our visit to Rome, after 14 years of restoration!
It's just beautiful and you won't believe the sculptures, the marble looks as though it would 'give' if you touch it.
Housed in a 16th century palace of Pope Julius III, this is the world's largest collection of Estruscan Artifacts. The Estruscan were the Central Italian culture that preceded the Roman culture.
The Borghese Gallery is a real gem and even first time visitor should not miss it. Remember that you need to book it in advance.
As you exit the Flaminia Metro stop, straight ahead is an entrance to Villa Borghese. Architect and archaelogist Luigi Canina built this new entrance to the Villa from Porta del Popolo in the 1800's.
Villa Borghese is the villa of the villas. Pretty gardens, nice expositions and most of all a beautiful buidling
Villa Borghese is the largest of Rome's inter city parks and is filled with museums, gardens and amusements. One could easily spend a day or two just here.
The Pincio Terrace is located in Villa Borghese and it is probably one of the most famous spots in Rome. From up here you can enjoy a magical view of Piazza del Popolo and Rome!
The Pincio Terrace and Villa Borghese are two Must See Activities, but I suggest to take a look at the skyline from the terrace. Sometimes it could be foggy, but it's very impressive...
Go to the park above Piazza Popolo, which provides great views over Rome and sit there as the sun sets ... magic!