Rome is renowned for its many monuments, museums, and archaeological sites. Rome is a city that breathes life through the presence or absence of its buildings. Still, as amazing as the Colosseum or the Baths of Caracalla are, sometimes you just want to get away from it all.
Here are 3 natural spaces in Rome, where you can take a breather from touring the city.
Villa Ada, Via Salaria
(Get There: Bus 223 to Stazione La Giustiniana or Tram FC3 to Montebello)
Located in northeastern Rome, Villa Ada is the second largest park in Rome that covers an area of 450 acres. Known not only for its beauty, the Villa Ada is also a popular venue for many artistic and musical events. Although a public park, Villa Ada also houses the Egyptian Embassy, and so there are some areas that are considered private and are restricted.
Originally, the Villa was the royal residence of the Italian royal House of Savoy from 1872 to 1878. The name of the Villa stems from the brief period (1878-1904) when a Swiss count (Tellfner) named it after his wife Ada.
(Get There: Metro Line A, Flaminio Stop)
The 148 acres of the Gardens of Villa Borghese offer a peaceful retreat from the seemingly neverending crowds. Boat rides, a zoo and even a hydrochronometer await those who take the chance to stroll through this naturalistic English-styled garden.
The Gardens is the third largest park in Rome, and it belong to the art gallery Villa Borghese Pinciana, both of which were originally owned by a cardinal (Scipione Borghese), nephew to Pope Paul V, who reigned from 1605 to 1621.
Via di San Pancrazio
(Get There: Buses H to Dei Capasso and 791 to Circonvallazione Cornelia)
The 17th century Villa Dora Pamphili has an extensive and intriguing, and it is the largest public park in Rome. Covering an area of approximately 445 acres, the Villa and its garden were owned by the Pamphili family prior to 1630.
It was in 1644 when Cardinal Giambattista Pamphili became pope (Innocent X) that the Villa and its surrounding landscape began taking on the shape that we have come to know today. Lush grass, manmade waterfall, swans and fountains are to be found here in abundance.
-Article by Diedré Blake
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