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Nature and Art Kiss Each Other in Villa Borghese Gardens
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Nature and Art Kiss Each Other in Villa Borghese Gardens

Picture of Giulia Francesca Primo
Updated: 24 April 2017
The Roman version of New York’s Central Park is one of the richest testimonies to history, art and landscape. Located in the heart of Rome, the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens astonish tourists with the beauty of their fauna, flora and art collection. An escape from the chaos of the city as well as the frenzy of Roman lifestyle – don’t miss out on this quintessentially Roman experience.

A Garden of Romance

In 16th century, a kiss happened between Nature and Art right in the middle of Rome. This kiss has resulted in Villa Borghese Gardens, a must-see when visiting Rome, and lasted until the 19th century, the time when Villa Borghese eventually assumed its current features.On the map, Rome’s most famous and beloved park looks like a huge green heart.

The Villa Borghese Gardens are unique because of their many facets. Indeed, they offer a wide range of activities to carry out either alone or together with friends, families, or your partner. Villa Borghese is perfect for people who enjoy walking or running in the open air; for families and lovers that want to have a picnic; for dog lovers to walk their pets; for art admirers who want to visit museums and art galleries.

As regards the latter, visitors have the unique chance to visit several museums scattered across the gardens, and above all, to visit Galleria Borghese, with masterpieces by various artists such as Bernini, Raphael, and Caravaggio, just to name a few.You can find other smaller museums, such as the Museo Carlo Bilotti, with works by di De Chirico, Severini, Warhol, Rivers and Manzù.

The Bioparco

The Bioparco, a zoo located inside Villa Borghese Gardens, houses a numerous different species of animals, and appeals to many visitors every year. Moreover, every summer, the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese, the only Elizabethan theatre in Italy, schedules a lot of Shakespearian plays to stage.These are just few of the many activities offered in Villa Borghese, which is also the location of many local and national events, such as the Piazza di Siena Equestrian Competition hosted in May, with the Carosello of Carabinieri (the Italian police force).

In short, visitors cannot help but enter the gates of this green world right in the middle of Rome; which offers peace and beauty in the middle of the chaotic capital city, as well as the chance to appreciate and experience local culture.

Where: Pincian Hill

Era:16th Century

Size: 79 hectares

Entries: Via Aldrovandi, Via Raimondi (2 ingressi), Via Pinciana (2 ingressi), Piazzale San Paolo del Brasile, Piazzale Flaminio, Piazzale Cervantes, Piazzale Pablo Picasso (via di Valle Giulia)

Bookings: Villa Borghese: www.galleriaborghese.it ; The Globe Theatre: www.globetheatreroma.com

A Garden Like No Other

Villa Borghese Gardens are unique because of its many facets. Indeed, they offer a wide range of activities to carry out either alone or together with friends, families, or your partner. Villa Borghese is perfect for people who enjoy walking or running in the open air; for families and lovers that want to have a picnic; for dog lovers to walk their pets; for art admirers who wants to visit museums and art galleries. As regards the latter, they have the chance to visit several museums scattered across the gardens, and above all, to visit Galleria Borghese, with masterpieces of different artists such as Bernini, Raphael, and Caravaggio, just to name a few. You can find other little museums, such as the Museo Carlo Bilotti, with works of di De Chirico, Severini, Warhol, Rivers and Manzù. The Bioparco, a zoo located inside Villa Borghese Gardens, is housing for a huge number of different species of animals, and appeals to many visitors every year.Moreover, every summer, the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese, the only Elizabethan theatre in Italy, schedules a lot of Shakespearian plays to stage.These are just few of the many activities offered in Villa Borghese, which is also the location of many events, such as the Piazza di Siena Equestrian Competition hosted in may, with the Carosello of Carabinieri (the Italian police force). In short, you cannot but enter the gates of this green world right in the middle of Rome; it makes you travel through time and enjoy peace even in such chaotic city. <b>You’d</b> <b>better</b> <b>remember:</b> If you want to reach Villa Borghese easily, get on the subway Linea A to Flaminio, and have a stop at Piazza del Popolo. From there, few steps will take you towards the entrance of Villa Borghese. Also, on left-top of Spanish Steps you can enter Villa Borghese; Boat rental is €5 for 20 minutes;Bike rental is €4 per hour or €10 for the day.Galleria Borghese is open on Tuesday – Sunday from 8.30am – 7:30pm. It is closed on Mondays, January 1, and December 25. Tickets are €13 per person. Reservations are mandatory and can be made online; The Bioparco is open everyday, apart from December 25. Tickets are €14 per adult and €12 per child over 1 meter. </p>

Don’t forget:

– To easily reach Villa Borghese, get on the subway Line A to Flaminio, and stop at Piazza del Popolo. From there, a few steps will take you towards the entrance of Villa Borghese. Also, you can enter Villa Borghese at the top left of the Spanish Steps.

– Boat rental is €5 for 20 minutes.

– Bike rental is €4 per hour or €10 for the day.

– Galleria Borghese is open on Tuesday – Sunday from 8.30am – 7:30pm. It is closed on Mondays, January 1, and December 25. Tickets are €13 per person. Reservations are mandatory and can be made online.

– The Bioparco is open everyday, apart from December 25. Tickets are €14 per adult and €12 per child over 1 meter.