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The Parks Of Rome: The Greenest City In Europe

May 27th, 2020 by Prontopia

Besides the endless and fascinating history the Eternal city has to offer, Rome is to be listed as one of the greenest cities in Europe. The green areas of the city represents 67% of the municipal area, or 85 thousand hectares out of the 129 thousand of its extension.

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The parks of Rome are of any shape and size and full of wonders: keep reading and take your pick!

Villa Borghese

Definitely one of the most beautiful parks in Rome, the heart-shaped landscape garden is in the center of Rome, easy to reach and perfect to get lost for a few hours surrounded by green and elegance.  The origins of such beautiful gardens are attributed to the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana from the sketches of Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection: it hosts one of the best museums in Rome - Galleria Borghese. The gardens as they are now were remade in the late 18th century.

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Don’t miss the Roman zoo: have your kids feed the farm animals at 3pm on the weekends! If you are in the mood for some rowing, rent a boat and take a relaxing tour in the little lake inside the Villa. It will be romantic for couples and fun for families.

Villa Doria Pamphili

Owned by the Pamphili family since 1630, Villa Pamphili is the second largest park in Rome.  Due to its size, Villa Pamphili has four main entrances, besides the side ones. Find the closest one to you and get lost in the park.

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Museums, beautiful fountains and little monuments are just some of the reasons to spend part of your Roman holidays touring this villa. Rent a bike to make sure you see all of it and pack your lunch for a fun picnic!  

Vatican Gardens

When you hear the words "parks of Rome", the Vatican Gardens might not be the first to come to mind.  Most people might not even know about the hidden wonders the Vatican has to offer besides the museums and the Sistine Chapel. 

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Grant yourself access to the secret spaces of the Vatican from guided tour and get the most out of a unique experience through one of the most breath-taking gardens you'll ever see. Check out the official video to get a better idea of what treasure we are talking about!

You'll be as close to the St.Peter’s Basilica’s dome as never before.

Park Of The Aqueducts - Parco Degli Acquedotti

The largest park in Rome, park of the Aqueducts is located around a big portion of the Appian road. In 312 BC, the Roman consul, Appio Claudio, commissioned a road to connect Rome to Brindisi harbor, all the way down to the heel of the boot. 

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The park is around the Appian road and it was built to host the city’s aqueducts. The ruins of the aqueducts are still magnificently visible today. Despite being a bit outside the center, the park of the Aqueducts is worth a visit. Huge and off the beaten path, it will give you peaceful moments out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Take the metro A and get off at Giulio Agricola or Lucio Sestio: walk less than ten-minutes to find yourself surrounded by nature, ancient Roman glory and genius.

Orange Garden - Il Giardino Degli Aranci

Rightfully listed as one of the parks of Rome and famous for wedding photoshoots, the orange (trees) garden is a little park with an amazing view over the city. 

Attached to one of the oldest churches in Rome, Saint Sabine, the Orange Garden is famous for the optical illusion created with its peculiar architecture. In fact, as you enter the garden St. Peter’s dome seems to be just an arm length away. As you approach the terrace, the dome seems to get smaller and smaller. 

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It's elegant and cozy in the just as elegant Aventino neighborhood – one of the seven hills of Rome.

Just few meters down the entrance of the garden, you will also be able to see the Vatican Basilica from the famous keyhole. One of the many fun facts Rome saves for its deepest lovers. 

Smaller - but not less green and charming – villas

In the past centuries, Rome was home to many noble families and most of them had their own villas. That's why you will probably find many small villas spread around the city - just another reason why Rome is to be considered one of the greenest cities in Europe.

Today, they are parks for people to visit and enjoy the perfect Roman weather during spring.

During the Summer and early Fall, many villas host concerts, shows and outdoor cinemas, like Villa Ada Fest. If you happen to be here in the hottest months, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the nightlife as well as the cultural initiatives – night breeze!

Other famous concert villas are Villa Torlonia, villa Sciarra and villa Celimontana – famous for the summer jazz festival. You might accidentally stumble across them while wondering around the Eternal City.

For more info on how to get to the parks of Rome, get in touch with one of our locals for a stress-free experience!

©Photo Credits: Photo from Kostandin Minga; Photo from alinti; Photo by Michele Bitetto on Unsplash; Photo from Roberta Bianchi; Photo by Bibi Pace on Unsplash


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