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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Villa Borghese

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Villa Borghese.

Villa Borghese features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Lovely gardens with pretty lakes and beautiful fountains
  • Calm and relaxing atmosphere

Time required: 60 minutes

Public transport:

  • Metro Line A: Spagna station

Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 Rome

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Photo: mag3737

Things you need to know:

  • Villa Borghese is a beautiful landscape garden made up of a public park, landscaped gardens, statuary, fountains, groves, path-ways, pavilions and a water clock
  • The gardens were developed for Villa Borghese Pinciana commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, in the beginning of the 17th century
  • He built the villa at the edge of Rome as a party villa to entertain his friends
  • Cardinal Borghese was an art collector amassing an unbelievably rich private collection (on display in Galleria Borghese)
  • The park was remade to its current form in the 19th century in English style
  • In 1901 the commune of Rome bought the property and turned it into a public park
  • Three excellent museums are located here: Galleria Borghese with Renaissance and Baroque art (Bernini, Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio), the Etruscan Museum showcasing Etruscan artifacts and the National Gallery of Modern Art

What to do there:

  • Take a walk in this extensive, elegant garden
  • Relax in its shady glades and at the beautiful fountains

Villa Borghese features in these preplanned City Guides: