Villa Borghese Park & Gardens
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The heart-shaped gardens of Villa Borghese extend over Rome for 80 hectares, close to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain Area. Villa Borghese Park is the third biggest public park in Rome, after Villa Pamphili and Villa Ada.
Even though it’s not the biggest one, it is for sure the most loved park by Romans, who spend their time in the gardens, walking, riding their bikes or having picnics: the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Gardens of Villa Borghese offer visitors naturalistic itineraries and charming settings, scattered with ancient statues, fountains and even a temple!
Access to Villa Borghese Park is free. However, there are several museums inside the villa, such as the Borghese Gallery, which require a ticket and reservations.
Inside Villa Borghese, next to entrance at the southeast corner of the Pincio area and to the one located on Via delle Belle Arti – near the Modern Art Museum- it’s possible to rent bikes, segways and rickshaws.
A little train runs across the gardens, offering a funny tour. It’s perfect for little kids, or “eternal children”!
Villa Borghese also houses the “Bioparco Zoo”, the zoological park of Rome, turned into a bio park in 1998. Today the bio park maintains more than 200 different species and has become a teaching zoo, aiming at raising the awareness about the major threats animals face in the wild.
|Opening Hours: Always Open
|Best Time To Visit: 9.30 am or 5.00 pm
|Tickets: Not Needed
How to Visit
1PLAN YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE
– Add Villa Borghese to tour Travel List;
2CHECK IN ADVANCE THE BEST TIME VISIT
– Springtime and Summertime: 9.30am or after 5.00pm;
– Fall and Wintertime: from 11.00 am to 3.30 pm;
3WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
– Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
– Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat
Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
Villa Borghese is accessible.
To access the villa with a private vehicle or car you will need to be granted a special access. Requests shall be sent via fax to this number +39 06 77204491. In the request you must specify the type of vehicle, plate number, your full name and cell phone. The permit costs 9,00€
+39 06 0608
How to Reach
1FROM THE CITY CENTER TO VILLA BORGHESE PARK
Bus Lines (Stops “Fiorello/La Guardia” and “San Paolo del Brasile”):
Bus Lines (Stops “Via Pincina / Borghese Gallery”):
Tram Lines (Stops “Valle Giulia” and “Ulisse/Aldrovandi”):
Metro Station (Red or A Line / Stop “Flaminio” or “Spagna”):
Villa Borghese, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Villa Borghese has several entrances: Via Aldrovandi, Via Raimondi (2 entrances), Via Pinciana (2 entrances), Piazzale San Paolo del Brasile, Piazzale Flaminio, Piazzale Cervantes
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Villa Borghese Park
Villa Borghese Park Facts
Villa Borghese was started by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, who commissioned the works to Flaminio Ponzo in 1600’s.
Cardinal Scipione wanted to establish the Borghese family amongst noble Roman society and impress both his friends and rivals. Indeed Cardinal Scipione was well aware of the political value of prestigious private estates and therefore started collecting artworks and statues to glorify the social status of the Borghese family.
In 1903 the city of Rome obtained the Villa from the Borghese family and opened the park to the public.
Villa Borghese FAQ
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