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Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese of Rome is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. The State acquired the gardens from the Borghese family in 1901 and opened them to the public on 12 July 1903.

Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese, Temple of Aesculapius

Villa Borghese, fountain
One of the fountains of Villa Borghese

What differentiates the Villa Borghese from other large parks such as Hyde Park or Central Park is the perfect combination between nature and Roman art. In its gardens you will find buildings, sculptures, monuments and fountains created at different times by famous artists.

Points of interest

  • Borghese Gallery: One of the most important museums in the Italian capital. It contains paintings from artists such as Raphael, Titian or Caravaggio.
  • Rome Zoo: Known as the Bioparco, Rome Zoo contains more than 1,000 animals from 200 different species.
  • Pincio’s Water Clock: Still fully functioning today, this clock is an example of 19th century engineering.
  • Silvano Toti Globe Theatre: A replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

A well-deserved break

If you have enough time in Rome, travel with children or are looking for a little relaxation, the Villa Borghese is a mandatory stop in your itinerary.

If you want to tour the Villa Borghese and take advantage of the time to do some exercise, it is possible to rent rollerblades, bicycles and other forms of transportation at the main gates.


On the west Banks of the Tiber

When to visit

Open from dawn to dusk


Free entrance


Metro stations: Spagna or Flaminio, line A (Red).
Buses: 49, 88, 95, 490 and 495.


Villa Borghese, location map

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