Best Parks and Gardens in Rome

There are many gardens and parks in Rome, the most famous one of which is the Villa Borghese, mainly because it is in a fairly central position on most city maps. However, there are numerous beautiful parks and gardens in Rome, several of which are fairly easy to reach by bus (Villa Ada, Villa Pamphilj), metro (Parco Appia Antica and Parco degli Acquedotti) or even on foot (Villa Celimontana, the Botanical Garden, the Rose Garden and the Orange Garden).

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Colle Oppio Park Rome

The Colle Oppio Park is located on a hill north of the Colosseum in Rome. It is underneath this park that the ruins of Nero’s Domus Aurea can be found. Other monuments in the park are the Baths of Trajan and the Baths of Titus. From the hill you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Colosseum itself.

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Rose Garden Rome (Roseto Comunale)

Rome’s Municipal Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale) is located on the Aventine Hill, in the Via di Valle Murcia and apart from (especially while the renowned competition is going on) being an interesting tourist attraction in its own right, it also offers a gorgeous view of a.o. the Palatine Hill and the Circus Maximus. It also hosts the Premio Roma, an extremely prestigious annual rose competition.

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Villa Celimontana Rome

Rome‘s Villa Celimontana, which is located on the western slope of the Celio hill and at only a short distance from the Colosseum, acquired its present name in the year 1925. The park was founded in the year 1580 by the Mattei family.

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Orange Garden Rome

The Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) is considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Rome. The official name of this gorgeous garden is Parco Savello, but Romans hardly ever call it by that name. Its biggest attraction, apart from the orange trees, is the magnificent view of the city it offers.

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Villa Ada Rome

Although the Villa Borghese is Rome’s most famous park, both the Villa Ada and the Villa Pamphilj are bigger. The Villa Ada is located in the north-eastern part of the city and is best known for its annual World Music Festival Roma Incontra il Mondo. It is also called the Villa Ada Savoia.

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Villa Borghese Rome

The Villa Borghese is probably the most famous park in Rome and one of its biggest ones, together with the Villa Doria Pamphili and the Villa Ada. With the Galleria Borghese, the Modern Art Gallery, the Etruscan Museum and a number of smaller museums within its borders, it may well be called the city’s museum park.

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Castel Sant’Angelo Gardens Rome

The Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome is surrounded by a small park, which is called Parco di Mole Adriana. The castle was initially built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian and his family, and this is reflected by the name of the park.

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Vatican Gardens Rome

The Vatican Gardens are formed by a number of gardens, parks and even a small wood and take up more than half (23 hectares) of the grounds of the Vatican City in Rome. The Giardini Vaticani are adorned with numerous statues and fountains that are placed all over the gardens. There are also several buildings, including the one from which Radio Vaticano transmits their broadcasts, plus small fortresses and other medieval monuments.

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