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Villa Borghese, Rome

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#8 of 255 in Historic Sites in 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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  • This area is an expanse of garden areas and paths. We were able to hire a bike (€4 for a city bike and €5 for a mountain bike) to explore the area. There are plenty of shaded places to sit in to relax...  more »
  • They had told me that this park gardens were stunning. Found me it rather disappointing. They were pretty dry and left. A penalty.
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  • I visited and adorrei, the day was pretty much helped Beautiful people, summary, I was delighted with everything I saw.
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  • Definitely recommend coming out to this park. It's really good. Not touristy. Not crowded. Super romantic. Kinda quiet. Great view of the plaza below.
  • Beautiful park with a great view over the city. You can rent a boat for 20 minutes for 3 euros each on the gorgeous lake, where I proposed to my girlfriend. You will also usually spot some great buskers and music. The only annoying thing is the men trying to flog you roses every 5 minutes, I wish the police would move them on as they can be very persistent. Tell them forcefully to move on or they will keep bothering you!
  • Huge and beautiful park. Lots of nice areas to either play with kids, lay around and relax or even have lunch at. There's a nice lake where you can rent a row boat and enjoy the scenery. Some spots weren't well maintained though.
  • This a review on the park only, it is GORGEOUS!!! You have to stop here even if it's only for 30 minutes. Romantic, beautiful, and magical. Granted, my boyfriend had proposed earlier that day, so of course I was on cloud nine. But take a bottle of wine with you and your significant other, and you'll have a blast.
  • The art collection is impressive and quite dense. Even with the time-limited entry, areas could get fairly crowded. Only some of the pieces are clearly labeled. We would have liked more information on exactly what we were seeing.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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