Visiting Rome is not only wandering around churches, museums, and archaeological areas. With its 85 hectares, right by the central Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna, Villa Borghese is the green heart of the city. And it is definitely worth the time to visit it!
Not only museums
Renting a Segway for a tour in the Villa Borghese Gardens is the right solution for a two-hours discovery of all the beauties of this park.
Indeed, even though there are three museums (the Borghese Gallery, Carlo Bilotti Museum and the house-studio of the sculptor Pietro Canonica: these last two have a free entry also for tourists), the park has so much to offer. Such as the temple of Asclepius, on the little island in the artificial lake, and the Pincian Hill, with its spectacular view of the city; the Water clock, the Fountain of the sea horses and the small temple of Diana, with the Latin inscription “To the mighty night-time lights of the forests”.
A luxury lunch breakThe best way to celebrate your journey in Italy might be with some great food in a unique location. The Casina Valadier was used, during the World War II, by the German soldiers first and the British Army then, as a circle for their officers.
Today, this neoclassical building houses a restaurant with a panoramic view of Rome and some gourmet dishes. There is also a Café to enjoy a tea or a coffee break as well as smoothies and a light lunch, also with a range of biological products.
Wild life in Rome
The 17 hectares of the Biopark, inside Villa Borghese Gardens, host more than 200 different species of animals (some of which risking extinction) from the five continents of the World. There is also an incredible collection of plants, certain dating back to the period of the original creation of the zoo, in 1911, and others of exotic origins, as well as some recreating the natural habitat of the animals and providing them with a little bit of privacy.
Every Saturday and Sunday, it is possible to observe the animals feeding at scheduled times. During the entire year, also special events and activities, conferences and workshops are organized by the Park. Further, the unique Environment and Crime Museum is aimed at raising awareness about all the different kind of offences affecting the environmental heritage and the protected species, as well as the crimes committed in the agri-food sector.
And what if it starts raining? No worries!As the cinema is always the best solution in these cases, inside Villa Borghese there is either the Casa del Cinema (literally House of Cinema) and the Cinema dei Piccoli (in other words, for kids). The first one, located in the Casina delle Rose, a building of the nineteenth century, has three projection rooms with advanced digital technologies, an open-air theatre with a widescreen, two exhibition halls and a rich program of movies, festivals and expositions.
The second, opened in April 1934, has received, in 2005, the Guinness World Record for being the smallest structure as a cinema-building, with its seventy seats in a 72 square meters wooden pavilion. This cinema is tailor-made for the little ones and offers movies in the original language.
Last but not least, the only Elizabethan theatre in Italy, a faithful reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with an interesting program of works going on every year from June to October.
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