Villa Borghese

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Villa Borghese Mar 04, 2013
In 1605 Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, began to lay out the extensive gardens on the site of an old vineyard. In 1903 the city of Rome purchased the gardens from the Borghese family and opened them to the public. The 1911 World Exposition was held here.

A nice park for an afternoon stroll. You can grab a panini sandwich, hot dog, or ice cream cone at one of the food carts, rent bicycles or golf carts to get around at a faster pace, or sit on a bench to people watch. Look out for the dog poop as there are a lot of canines running around without leashes on a busy day. I wandered about with a serious case of jet lag on my first morning in Rome waiting to check into my hotel room.

There are a few museums located in the park, including the Etruscan Museum and the Modern Art Museum. The only one I visited was the Borghese Gallery which blew me away with its opulence. The Borgheses may not have been the most spiritual of papal families (a bunch of rich aristocratic snobs from the looks of it), but they left quite a heritage for modern Romans to enjoy.
Villa Borghese Gardens
Monument to King Umberto I who was…
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missandrea81 says:
Another thing I missed when I went to Rome.
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014
HelenP says:
Nice review
Posted on: Feb 16, 2014
joehobo says:
Thank you for the stroll in the park...
Posted on: Apr 05, 2013
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martacherry martache…
3 reviews
Villa Borghese Jul 12, 2011
Villa Borghese is a very big and old park in the centre of Rome!You can rent some bicycle or tandem and explore it! I reccomend to rent a bicycle because I think is more easy to drive,while the tandem is a little bit more difficoult because the park's roads can sometimes be intended or ruined by the tree's roots:) It's a fun experience especially if you are with some friends.But I also reccomend to rent a little boat and visit the little lake inside the park,maybe for a romantic meet:) If you go to Pincio,whic is a large square in the centre of the park,you'll see an amazing sight on Popolo's square,wich is very old and beautiful!

Eric Eric
408 reviews
Feb 04, 2006
A beautiful park directly north-east of Piazza Del Popolo. I think it is made even more beautiful because it is among only green you'll see in Rome (other than the swampy Tiber). The park is actually quite large and you can spend hours wandering it. My favorite part of the park is a little pond surrounded by porticos. Good to visit before or after your appointment at the Borghese gallery.
A nice tree lined path.
The "pond".
1 / 1 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Eric says:
Nope, I'm pretty sure I was in Rome :) I lived and walked a few miles every day throughout the city, and the one thing I noticed was that there is not much green anywhere. It might just be a matter of perspective -- where I grew up in California, there are trees everywhere, and you don't need to go to a park or villa to see them ;)

Posted on: Jun 23, 2007
marcusque says:
i start to think that probably u have been in another city..u said u lived here for 4 month?and villa borghese is the only green u can find in rome? what about villa Torlonia,Villa Pamphili,villa Celimontana,Monte MArio, Villa Gori,Parco dell'ANiene, PArco del Tevere,Villa Ada,Villa paganini and the other parks???
Posted on: Jun 23, 2007

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