8 ideas for your staycation in Rome
For all its ancient sites and attractions, Rome has an equal number of beautiful parks and gardens. These green spaces carry just as much character, history and beauty as the city’s famous buildings. From landscaped lawns and botanical greenhouses to the stunning estates of noble manor houses, here are some of our favourite places.
Start your day with an early morning hike up Rome’s highest hill, Monte Mario. Trek through the nature reserve and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the capital, with the Basilica standing tall over the historic cityscape.
Villa Doria Pamphili
Enjoy a leisurely walk or run in the grounds of Villa Doria Pamphili, the largest landscaped public park in Rome. The giant Renaissance-style garden is a beautiful place to spend time, with tree-lined paths, wide lawns and a charming lake overlooked by the noble 17th century Fontana del Giglio.
Via di S. Pancrazio, 00152
Villa Borghese Lake
Villa Borghese is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Rome. Soak up the splendour as you stroll around at your leisure, taking in the picturesque Villa Borghese Lake, complete with an 18th century lakeside temple (the stunning, Neoclassical Temple of Aesculapius) in the background.
Viale dell’Aranciera, 00197
The Orange Garden
As its name suggests, The Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci or Parco Savello) is an urban orange grove overlooking the River Tiber. The shady space offers respite from the glaring sun in the summer and uninterrupted panoramic views of the city from its terrace. At the entrance is a distinctive fountain that adds to the relaxed and tranquil vibe of this special place.
Via di Santa Sabina, 00153
Another great way to explore the city is to take a walk, run or cycle alongside the Tiber River. While there are many places to start, a good option is Ponte Sant’Angelo, from here you can take in famous sights, such as Castel Sant’Angelo (otherwise known as Hadrian’s Tomb). Top tip: time your visit for sunset – a great opportunity to take in some of the most stunning views of the city.
Ponte Sant’Angelo, 00186
Appian Way Regional Park
Offering a breath of fresh air away from the city centre is Appian Way Regional Park (Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica), a protected area of land covering over 3,400 hectares. It’s a tranquil place for a long cycle, surrounded by fields and fascinating archaeological areas to enjoy.
Via Appia Antica 42, 00178
A maze of courtyards, piazzas and hidden gardens, Garbatella is one of Rome’s most unique and intriguing neighbourhoods. Explore the picturesque suburb to discover charming architecture that hasn’t been touched in years and inspiring street art.
Piazza del Popolo
A striking 16th century square at what was once the northern gateway to Rome, Piazza del Popolo is rich in history. While the space has been remodelled a number of times, it has remained an integral part of the city for many centuries. Visitors can discover three beautiful churches, an ancient Egyptian obelisk and the imposing gate, Porta del Popolo.
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