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Parks, Gardens and Villas in Rome
Opening hours of the Gardens usually are: 7am sunset Please find the openings of the Botanical Garden further down on this page. [divide style=”2″]
Rome VILLA BORGHESE (Via Veneto)
The present Parco dei Daini corresponds to the second ring, a garden reserved for the prince.The Borghese Family owned the oldest part of the Villa since 1580, but at the beginning of the seventeenth century Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, Pope Paul V’s nephew, began purchasing the neighbouring lands intent on creating a “villa di delizie“. The Villa’s first layout, assigned to architects Flaminio Ponzio and Giovanni Vasanzio, included, according to the classic tradition, a pars urbana and a pars rustica, divided in three “rings” . It remained thus until the 18th century. The first ring was the most ostentatious, where the Casino Nobile, numerous statues and fountains and a “sylvan” garden are found.
The Giardini Segreti are found between the first and second rings.
The third ring was the countryside, the broadest and vastest part, that suffered the majority of alterations over time. At the end of the 18th century, Prince Marcantonio IV fostered a general renovation of the Villa, which involved the design of new furnishings and the transformation of the seventeenth century buildings, employing architects Antonio and Mario Asprucci and various artists.
At the beginning of the 19th century the Villa was expanded with new purchases: Villa Giustiniani and other minor villas, near Porta del Popolo, and the former Villas Doria and Manfroni, near Porta Pinciana. Luigi Canina’s work combined the new properties and bestowed the Villa with a new layout with numerous small eclectically and neoclassical inspired buildings. The villa entered a new phase when it was purchased by the State (1901) and later transferred to the Municipality of Rome.
ROME BORGHESE GALLERY
The gallery houses one of the most beautiful collections in the world: included among the masterpieces, the very famous statue of Paolina Borghese by Canova, “Amor sacro e Amor profano” and “Venere che benda Amore” by Tiziano, the “Deposizione” by Raffaello, the splendid statues by Bernini, six of the best works of Caravaggio, “La caccia di Diana” by Domenichino, and the works of Perugino, Pinturicchio, Veronese, Rubens [divide style=”2″]
ROME GIARDINO DEL LAGO
(Lake Garden): one of the loveliest places in the park and a rare example of an English garden in the Roman area, rich with exotic plants such as banana trees and baldcypresses; in the centre of an artificial island, a temple was built dedicated to Aesculapius. The famous Piazza di Siena every year in May hosts horse-jumping and carriage-racing competitions.
ROME NATIONAL ETRUSCAN MUSEUM OF VILLA GIULIA
The museum’s collection, ordered by geographical area, includes some masterpieces of ancient Etruria, such as the Sarcophagus of the Cerveteri newlyweds (VI century B.C.) and the statue of Apollo of Veio (VI century B.C.) and also prestigious historical collections such as the Castellani, rich with pottery, bronzes and famous jewellery. Recent building renovations have opened a new exhibition area on the main floor where antiquity from Pyrgi are on display.(Lake Garden): one of the loveliest places in the park and a rare example of an English garden in the Roman area, rich with exotic plants such as banana trees and baldcypresses; in the centre of an artificial island, a temple was built dedicated to Aesculapius. The famous Piazza di Siena every year in May hosts horse-jumping and carriage-racing competitions.
ROME NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The nineteenth century is represented with works that range from the neoclassic period to purist and historical Romanticism, from the earliest Neapolitan Landscape Painting School to late Romanticism, up to Realism.The gallery houses XIX and XX century artwork and sculptures, produced mainly by Italian artists and with a few European works including: Coubert, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Klimt.
ROME GIANICOLO (TRASTEVERE, MONTEVERDE)
This park, high up on Janiculum hill, is a good place to spend time with children – pony rides, bumper cars, open air puppet theatre and other games, while enjoying a great view of the city below, perhaps the best one. The square on top of the hill and the avenue (Passeggiata del Gianicolo) were realized in 1885-1887 on the territory of the ex Parco Corsini. There can be find numerous busts of the volunteers who took part in the defense of Rome; in the middle of the square in 1895 an equestrian monument was erected to G.Garibaldi. At midday, from the balcony of the Piazzale takes place the everyday shot of the cannon giving a sign of the exact time. This tradition began in December 1847, when the cannon of Castel Sant’Angelo was giving the official time of Rome and the sign to all the bell-towers to start ringing.
ROME VILLA CELIMONTANA (S.GIOVANNI, TERME DI CARACALLA)
This lovely Villa was originally a vineyard that was bought by the Mattei family to whom the new design of the gardens is owed. On the Celio hill, it has long attracted visitors with its trees and ancient marbles in its gardens, including an obelisk from the times of Ramses II. It became the property of various foreigners until 1918 when it was confiscated by the Italian state. The last owner, Baron Riccardo Hoffmann, contributed to its expansion and added a small Neo-Gothic temple, which is now the home of the Italian Geographic Society.
ROME VILLA ALDOBRANDINI (Via Nazionale)
The gardens, raised about 10mt above street level, however open daily.This villa has been built in the 16th century for the Dukes of Urbino, then acquired by Pope Clement VIII Aldobrandini it is now property of the Italian government and closed to the public.