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Rome Segway Tour: Villa Borghese
"After receiving a comprehensive overview of your Segway from your expert guide you’ll be ready to conquer Rome's Villa Borghese park in style! As you glide the short distance from your meeting point to the park pass the must-see Spanish Steps -- the famous 138-step staircase leading up from Piazza di Spagna.Villa Borghese opened in 1903 is the largest public park in Rome. The 148-acre (80-hectare) park features wide shady lanes lined by temples beautiful fountains
From EUR75.00
Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome
"Meet next to the Vatican Museums then group up and go to the South entrance of Villa Borghese in about 10-15 minutes from here start your tour inside the park:Little House ValadierCollina del Pincio (Pincian Hill the greatest view over the center of Rome)The Puppets TheaterThe Water ClockAntinoo's ObeliskThe Gardens of the LakeEsculapio's TempleSettimio Severo's ArcSiena's SquareThe Globe TheaterLittle House of the Cinema (coff Bernini Titian
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Vintage Vespa Tour with Gourmet Picnic Experience at Villa Borghese
"The best way to visit Rome is on board of a 2-wheels vehicle do as the Romans do to live an experience as a local. Meet your friendly driver at the meeting point and start your roman adventure that will take you alongside the Aurelian Walls and the River Tiber passing through ancient monumental city gates.Get a breathtaking view of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome stop for your best picture then head to secret and unusual streets and alleys not reachable just by walking. You’ll drink from the Roman fountains that to this day provide the city with the best public water supply in Italy. you’ll visit the Aventine Hil will have a spy from the famous key hole  the time-honoured Appian Way and the remains of ancient Roman aqueducts and baths. As a special treat
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VILLA BORGHESE - A day in the park.........

Villa Borghese is overwhelming in its natural beauty, art treasures and cultural history and sheer size. According to the Herald Tribune: "Until 1902 Villa Borghese, with a circumference of 9 kilometers, was the Borghese family's private property until nationalized by the state in 1903 when it became a public park."
The steady accumulation of property and influence of the Borghese family peaked in 1605. The nephew and heir of Pope Paul IV, Scipione, was made cardinal. Scipione's wealth enabled him to amass one of the greatest art collections ever assembled. Between 1606 and 1619, he built Villa Borghese to display his acquisitions - most notably Bernini and Caravaggio. Only Gallery Borghese boasts 6 Caravaggio canvasses.
The marriage in 1803 of Camillo Borghese to Napoleon's sister, Pauline, was to have great significance. In 1807 Napoleon and Pauline cajoled and bribed Camillo into parting with well more than 500 pieces. It took 2 years to pack and ship them to Paris, where they became the cornerstone of the Louvre's classical collection. Happily for Rome, Napoleon seemed indifferent to Old Masters.
Camillo called on Canova to execute what was to become the sculptor's single most celebrated piece, his portrait figure of Pauline Borghese, reclining semi-naked on a couch as "Venus Victorious." In fact, Camillo got to spend a great deal more time with this sculpture than he did with its subject in the flesh. Within months of their nuptials, Camillo and Pauline's relationship had ended. In the 1780s Marcantonio IV entrusted the Scottish landscape painter Jacob More with the task of transforming part of the park into an English garden, complete with lake and temple. While the local critics were rather sniffy about More's handiwork, it was an instant success with the Romans at large, and in due course provided the backdrop for hundreds of portraits by local and visiting artists.*

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May 23, 2006

Villa Borghese LAKE - Tempio di Esculapio

Imagine a lovely ride in a row-boat on a peaceful lake in the center of Rome! This serene lake in Villa Borghese will take you into a living Monet painting - lush greenery, swans, small row boats seek out little hidden nooks around the lake and the center-piece Tempio di Esculapio. Villa Borghese is an oasis of peaceful serenity in the center of Rome - my favorite get-away. As you stroll through the gardens, paths and, especially the lake - there is a sense of simplicity and calm that will slow your pace.
Photo 1 - Full View Lake
Photo 2 - Swan & boat explore the Lake
Photo 3 - Close-up Tempio di Esculpio
Photo 4 - Hidden nook in the Lake
Photo 5 - Rear walkway behind Tempio di Esculpio
Don't miss the Casina del Lago - restored to house a new charming cafe - right close by the lake amidst the garden on the left. New VT restaurant tip just added.

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Aug 17, 2009

Goethe statue sets trend in Villa Borghese

In 1903 the German Emperor William II commissioned a statue to commemorate the Roman sojourn of Goethe and this was placed in Villa Borghese. Other governments followed and meet many world renowned poets: Puskin, in particular seems to enjoy the Roman sunshine and rightly so, as he was used to the never-ending Russian winter nights. The Persian Firdousi and the Egyptian Shawky were more accustomed to a bright light. Many other notables can be found in the busts that adorn Piazza Bucarest on the Villa Borghese's Pincio.

Photo and reference text by Permission Roberto Piperno - granted for non-commercial purpose only. Visit Roberto's website:

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Aug 19, 2006

villa borghese

the villa borghese was originally built for cardinal scipione borghese in 1605. in the 19th century prince camillo borghese combined his huge art collection in the casino borghese. today the casino is home to the galleria and museo borghese. the four square mile gardens around the villa became a public park in 1901. walk through this beautiful park you will encounter sculptures, fountains, and replicas of ancient temples. the museo e galleria borghese has an excellent display of sculpture and italian paintings. probably the most famous work of the collection is canova's "pauline borghese". a very worth while museum to visit when in rome. closed mondays. advance booking required for saturday and sundays.

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Apr 04, 2011
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1908 - Bioparco di Roma

In 1908 'bioparco di roma' was founded.
In 1911 it opened it's doors and it was
a huge succes back then.
You need to know that 'Carl Hagenbeck' standards
were used. Now , that name probably doesn't
ring a bell if your not into zoo's.
He was an animal trader from Hamburg but
he also created his own zoo.
The unique thing about this was that he didn't
used iron cages. He used rocks and water
and other more visual attractive enclosures.
You could also see the lions and the zebra's
in one enclosure. Of course they were
separated by a deep canal.

But soon the Rome zoo came in decline.
In 1933 the architect Raffaele De Vico began
the work on the new area, which would
include two major attractions: the big aviary
and the reptile house.

And the story repeats. Untill a few years
ago Bioparco di Roma had an awfull
reputation. New money was found and the
zoo ones again starts a new life.

When I was there the reptile house was
getting redone. The crocodiles were waiting
for a new exhibit. That without loosing the
charm of the old reptile house.

My favorite exhibits were the bear-enclosure ,
and the chimpanzees enclosure.
What was nice to see is how the old
Hagenbeck-lion enclosure was transformed
into a modern lion-enclosure.

There is a futur for the bioparco di Rome.

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Jun 29, 2004


This is the largest park in Rome with a perimeter of six kilometers and it is also the loveliest with a wealth of trees and charming paths. Entrance is from the overpass of the Viale del Obelisco or from the Porta Pinciana...There is the beautiful lake where you can rent the boat.
I was very surprised when I saw the monument of Petar Petrovic Njegos in the park.

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Aug 16, 2005

The Art and The Park --Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese is 3 1/2 miles in circumference. It was created by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 1600s. Umberto I, king of Italy, acquired it in 1902 & presented it to the city of Rome. It's filled with huge trees, grassy lawns, sidewalks, ponds. People enjoy bike rides, boating & family picnics.

Inside the park are museums & galleries. The most impressive is the Galleria Borghese, with mosaics, sculptures by Canova and Bernini and works by Rubens and Titian as well as numerous Caravaggios.

The photo shows The Rape of Proserpine - By Bernini in 1622. The God of the underworld, Pluto, carries Proserpine away to be his bride. In this sculpture Bernini places in contrast the taut musculature of Pluto with the soft yielding flesh of Proserpine.

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Sep 16, 2004

For art-lovers and torturers...

Villa Borghese is problaby the most famous park in Rome. It’s quite close to the Piazza Spagna (the Spanish steps). It’s a huge green park, perfect for picnics it’s said, and where you also can visit the famous Gallery Borghese, an art-museum created by the cardinal Scipione Borghese, a nephew to the Pope Paul V.
There you can see statues and paintings of all different kinds, from artists like Raphael, Caravaggio and Gianlorenzo Bernini.

I’ve been there once, and although the pers… eh… girl.. I went there made it all totally worth it I can’t see myself going there again. But then I’m not the big art-lover neither…
It was the day after a huge party, and let’s only say that I wasn’t tip top the day after… After some discussion of what to do, I said “why don’t we just take a walk around Rome”. She agreed – and took me to Villa Borghese, on the other side of town…

Now, I’m been reading at other VT-pages that you’ll have to do a reservation up to some weeks before, for being allowed to enter the Galleria Borghese. Obviously this wasn’t the case this day, as they let us in without problem, although we had to wait for 1 ½ hour… A time that I spent by ordering a sandwich with, which I discovered later, spinach. Not my favourite… So, there I was, with a very bad hangover, an old spinach sandwich, and a guard who told us “welcome in”…


After two hours or torture (well, not really, but if it hadn’t been for this girl I’d never even thought about looking at that cra… eh…art!) I was finally let out, and could ran away for the closest pizzeria, which was just about 20 kilometers away… Have never been so close to death…

But, to be honest, there were of course things that even I liked. The roof paintings were really interesting, as some of the other paintings.
That I liked the paintings in the roof had by the way nothing to do with the fact that I could lie down when I was looking at them…

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Villa Borghese goes way back to the 1580s when it was owned by the Family Borghese themselves. In the beginning of the 1600, Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese decided to start buying the surrounding land in order to form this 'territory'
Basically this is a massive garden which holds a large Villa boasting of the World's most renowed pieces of art.
This massive paradise is divided into the following: Valle dei Platani, Giardino Piazzale Scipione Borghese, Giardini Segreti, Giardino del Lago and Parco dei Daini.
These gardens boast of tall trees and flowers, a calm serenity, birds and the sound of water coming from five wonderful fountains: Fontane Oscure, Mostra dell' Acqua Felice, Fontana dei Cavalli Marini and Fontana del Fiocco. Nonetheless the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini being my favourite and most appealing of all.
These gardens are huge, one could easily take up a whole morning to walk around this garden. I advise visitors to wait by the entrance for a couple of minutes until the touring bus passes buy. It costs only 1Eur and it will take you all around the garden and finally to the Villa Itself, now Galleria Borghese.

See my Galleria Borghese tips.

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Mar 24, 2005

Apollo and Daphne...

A must see is Villa Borghese it's a beautifull park were you find the Museao e Galleria Borghese, a collection of important paintings and sculptures gathered by the Borghese family.

I saw a beautifull sculpture ther " Apollo and Daphne" by Gian Lorenzo BERNINI, I really fell in love by this marble sculpture.
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In Villa Borghese you also will find a replica of the Sculpture "David" ( fighting Goliath ) also by Bernini. The original David stands in Florence.

I f you want to visit Villa Borghese call well in advance because it's only possible to visit with a reservation.

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Oct 02, 2004

A walk (bike or row) in the Park

If you go to Galleria Borghese (and even if you don’t) take some time to explore the great green spaces of Villa Borghese and the Pincio. A onetime vineyard turned private park developed by the same Cardinal Scipione who built the gallery, Villa Borghese became a fully public park in1903. It’s not the carefully tended variety you’d find, say, in England but still a nice way to escape the noise and crowds of the Centro Storico. Runners will find its wide paths perfect for getting in those morning miles, children will enjoy the zoo, carousel and puppet shows, and there are a few other good museums nearby. Bikes, pedal surreys and row boats - on a small artificial lake - are available for rent as well, and there are a couple of cafes scattered here and there for refueling.

There are multiple entrances but our favorite is the climb up the steps on the east side of Piazza del Popolo to the terrace at Pincio Gardens: nice view over the piazza and city from there. The Pincio (not officially part of Villa Borghese) anchors the west end of the combined park space and where you’ll find most of the recreational rentals and kid’s activities. You may also access this end of the park from the top of the Spanish Steps or from Via Vento, if you wish.

My one frustration with the park(s) is that there’s no comprehensive website for referencing all of the amenities so you sort of have to figure it out when you get there. A few maps are scattered throughout the grounds but I’d print out a google version of the general area before you go. Also be cautious of not confusing the park (Villa Borghese) with the art museum (Galleria Borghese) as visitors are apt to do.

Information about the two other museums (modern art and Etruscan) near, but not in, the north/northwest end of the park may be found here:

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Dec 31, 2014

More about Villa Borghese...

But, to be honest, there were of course things that even I liked. The roof paintings were really interesting, as some of the other paintings.
That I liked the paintings in the roof had by the way nothing to do with the fact that I could lie down when I was looking at them…

The park itself, which we of course never looked much at, is 6 sq kilometers big, and there is also a famous zoo, which we, by the way, didn’t visit either…

As I wrote above, it might be a good idea to make a reservation in advance. Just call “+39 06 32 810, or via
It costs a lot to enter, even more if you want a guided tour, or just a “telephone” which will tell you what you’re looking at. 8,50 costs the normal entrance, then another 2 just for the presale. Count up 5 euro more for a guided tour, or the “phone”.

Could I have three beers instead…?

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Dec 27, 2004

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