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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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  • While in Rome, we decided to pop over to the Borghese Villa one afternoon to go through the gallery. We had no idea the grounds were so vast. We saw loads of people riding these 2 and 4-seat motorized...  more »
  • I want to share how to quickly reach the Villa Borghese. We climbed on the Spanish steps up to the end, and, bypassing the whole Park, leading to the Villa, spent an extra hour, very tired going to the heat. It is necessary to find the Plaza de España Metro station and enter inside. Without buying a ticket on the subway, just go through the tunnel directly, without turning, until the end, then turn left, go up to the exit, and exit tunnel to the top. There is a way, go along it to left, before crossing the main, go Home and immediately see the Park. On it go to Villa, it shows. And that's all.
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  • Probably unavoidable in the summer, after the rain in November the Park seems almost to abandonment or even creepy.
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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!