Rome is among the greenest cities in Europe. More than half of Rome’s territory makes up of green areas such as parks, public gardens, historic villas and nature reserves. In spring and summer time, a lot of romans and tourists used to spend their free time in these areas for a picnic, relaxing, jogging or reading a book.
So, let go out from the chaos of the city and discover the green side of the city!
Villa Doria Pamphilj, with its 184 hectares of extension, is the widest among the historic villas of Rome. A stream, a lake, dense forests and numerous fountains frame the Villa Vecchia Museum. Now this area where the birth and development of the villa from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century and the Bel Respiro Casino are now being rebuilt. Of the Council, to the outside of which there is a secret garden, of those in vogue in Rome in the late ‘500.
With its 132 acres of extension, Caffarella Park encloses a piece of Roman countryside (and history) in the heart of the city. It extends between via Latina and via Appia Antica, from the Aurelian Walls to via Almone, in the southeastern part of the city. Inside the park there are the Ninfeo of Egeria, the Temple of Annia Regilla, the Church of Sant’Urbano at Caffarella and some farmhouses including the best known Vaccareccia.
The Aqueduct Park, as well as Caffarella, is part of the Suburban Regional Park of the Appia Antica and is located in the southeast of Rome. Numerous archaeological remains characterize its vast territory between via Appia and via Tuscolana, here there are many artefacts of Roman. There are, in fact, six eleven large aqueducts built by the Romans and other buildings of successive ages, including the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, the Villa delle Vignacce and the Tomb of the Hundred Steps.
Villa Ada was bought by the Savoy at the end of the 19th century and was a royal residence until the advent of the Republic. At that time remained the boudoir of the Savoy: a small anti-aircraft shelter restored and reopened to the public. The Villa has five entrances (four on Via Salaria and one on Panama Street) and it develops on two levels, with a small pond at the bottom and another smaller one in the upper part. For its vastness, it is able to offer moments of leisure and relaxation for everyone: it moves from the wildest and impenetrable spots to the equipped areas where it is possible to do outdoor gymnastics, rent a bike, picnic or simply stroll.
At the beginning of Via Nomentana, Villa Torlonia welcomes three museums: Casina delle Civette in Liberty style, Casino Nobile with its precious works and the Casino dei Principi (only open for exhibitions). The Villa is an ideal place for couples and groups of people, as well as for a lonely walk or for relaxing on the lawn.
Villa Borghese occupies a large area in the heart of the city, between the stretch of the Aurelian Walls that joins Porta Pinciana in Piazzale Flaminio, and the Salario and Pinciano districts that were born in the early 20th century. Among the Roman villas is one of the richest of artistic and landscape testimonies. It houses buildings, sculptures, monuments and fountains, featuring illustrious baroque and neoclassical artists, surrounded by centuries-old trees, ponds, Italian gardens and large open spaces rich in evergreen species. The Villa is defined as the “Park of the Museums”, due to its high concentration within museums and cultural institutes.
Giardino degli Aranci (Savelli Park) owes its name to the trees planted in memory of St Domenico, who founded his convent here. Attended mostly by couples of lovers because of its romantic atmosphere, it is highly appreciated by tourists and curious for the breathtaking view that gives the belvedere overlooking the river, from which one enjoys one of the most beautiful views of the capital, from the Tiber Valley to Basilica of St. Peter. On the main avenue is incredible the optical effect on the dome of St. Peter: from a distance it looks very large, but the closer you approach the terrace most seems to be shrinking.
The current Villa Celimontana is the remains of the original garden of the Mattei al Celio, built in the last decades of the XVI century and subject to many transformations that have completely changed its appearance. An ideal break for the tourist to cross from one monument to another. A beautiful green corner in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the Coliseum and the center of a dense network of historic churches, a great photo location for young couples. Not to miss, next to the main entrance, the Church of St. Mary in Domnica alla Navicella and the church of St. John and Paul.