Parks are Rome’s green lungs: far from the noise of the city, free from pollution and a place of tranquility.
If you break away from the traffic of the city center, you can find corners of peace surrounded by trees and fresh grass perfect for a picnic. But what about it during autumn? If you are here during this fascinating time of the year, you will notice that, with some rain exception aside, it would feel like spring: it’s still warm outside! And why not engage in some activities, visiting museums, monuments and stunning views immersed in nature?
Villa Torlonia is one true gem in the Nomentano district: once a private property of Rome’s wealthy noble families, now it is open to the public. Its English-style gardens and buildings are so fascinating that you will always find a new spot worth admiring. You can’t miss the “Casina Delle Civette” or “House of the Owls”, with colorful stained glass and decorations that seem like coming from a fairy tale. There are museums, activities, recurring exhibitions, and even a place to grab a bite (the Lemon-house).
Villa Borghese is a must-go for every season. The heart-shaped park is right in the City Center, a few steps away from Piazza del Popolo. If you enjoy long walks in tree-lined sideways far from the noise of the metropolitan area or a breathtaking panorama of the Eternal City from the Pincio Terrace, you came in the right place. Did you know there is also a zoo inside Villa Borghese? It’s the Bioparco, 17 hectares where the animals live in an environment that fully respects their nature and needs.
Maybe the least visited and less known, the Vatican Gardens are a quiet and peaceful place. One of the reasons is that they only accept a few reservations every day: since 1279, when the papal residence was moved from the Lateran Palace to the Vatican itself, every Pope walked through these well-maintained green paths as their private spot of meditation and prayer. Now open for visitors, the Gardens have three different styles, English, French and Italian, each with their feature, enriching nature with statues, fountains, and sculptures. And don’t forget the up-close view of the St. Peter’s dome from many different angles, so stunning!
The tickets to the Vatican Gardens allow you entry to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, so be sure to book in advance your tour.
Are you planning to visit or have you already seen one of them? Let us know in the comments!