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Villa Borghese, Rome
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Built by architect Flaminio Ponzio in the 17th century, Villa Borghese was once the private suburban estate of Scipione Borghese, a prominent cardinal and an avid art collector. This estate on the edge of Rome includes a villa with an extensive art collection that Borghese assembled over several decades. The sprawling estate covers about 80 hectares (200 acres) and includes one of Rome's most celebrated parks and landscape gardens. Designed in the naturalistic English manner and developed from sketches drawn by Borghese himself, the well-maintained gardens now attract art lovers, walkers, cyclists, and picnickers. You can rent bicycles at several points around the park. Arrange your visit to Villa Borghese and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rome using our Rome vacation trip planner.
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  • The Basilica di San Clemente (Basilica of St. Clement) is an early Christian basilica in Rome dedicated to Pope St. Clement (d. 99 AD) 
  • When being swept up by the crazy city of Rome, Villa Borghese seems like a sudden change of pace. Its become more popular recently, and the place is more of park now with floods of people through it i...  more »
  • The park is a great open space for strolling with interesting parts as you wander around. We found a lake with a Greek temple which had rowing boats on it. We didn't visit the actual villa. 
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  • Wonderful park for: walking, kids, dogs, picnics. There's a great playground (see pic for location). There are 4-seater bicycles for rent. There's a small pavilion with kids amusement park-style rides (1,20 euro each). Lots of park benches. There's a GREAT pizzeria a block away called Alice Pizza--grab a pizza & bring it to the park!
  • A wonderful park that's a great place to get lost exploring in. There's so much to see and do here! There are museums dotted around, a huge lake you can paddle boat riding in, shared bikes you can ride, a maze to explore and a zoo with animals. Going through the park can lead you to the main town centre.
  • This is a beautiful park to stroll through. Its very big, so its a perfect place to walk your dog or play a ball game with your kids. There's also free water fountains in different places in the park, which is always a plus on a hot day.
  • If you like nature and green just go there. Amazing and beautiful park. If it's a nice day out there don't miss it. You can rent a bike ( and even a group bike for 4 people). Loved the atmosphere there is very calm and nice but still have the historical side of Rome.
  • Super glad we made the effort to get here. Hired one if these bicycle car things and cycled through the gardens! Beautiful views and trees and random statues. It is a big place!