Borghese Gardens: Finding Peace in Central Rome

I love Rome. It’s architecture, history, culture, food even its’ chaotic traffic evokes a real sense of place however sometimes its nice to escape to tranquility, especially now we have a baby and that’s where Villa Borghese Gardens comes into it! It is the perfect place to visit in Rome with a baby or with kids! The Gardens are in the trendy Via Veneto area and are located close to the Spanish Steps. I don’t know about you but after a visit to the Spanish Steps I always need to time to recharge my batteries and escape the crowds so really the Gardens are a perfect tonic! Alternatively if you want to avoid the Spanish Steps there is an easy entrance on Via Veneto.

The Park
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The Park

The Gardens are Rome’s third largest public park and along with being a beautifully landscaped garden it also has a number of buildings and museums, the main attraction of these being Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art and the Globe Theatre. Tickets for gallery entrance must be pre booked and are time limited. However, if you don’t manage to get tickets there are plenty of sculptures to keep any art fan amused.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

The Piazza di Siena, close to the Via Veneto entrance, hosted the equestrian events during the 1960 Rome Olympics and is a perfect place to go for a run.

Piazza di Siena

Piazza di Siena

The Gardens also offer some great viewing platforms to take in some great and interesting perspectives of Rome such as that at Piazza Napoleone.

In the centre of the gardens is a beautiful lake overlooked by the stunning Temple of Aesculapius. The lake in front can be boated in good weather, but on our last trip we weren’t lucky enough to do this! But I am sure when we return when Baby E is a bit older this is something we will definitely do!

Temple and Boating Lake

Temple and Boating Lake

It is also one of the best places for families in Rome. It is easily accessible with a pram, there are large open spaces and plenty of playgrounds for children and lots of lovely shaded areas to sit and relax if you are there in the summer heat.

In my opinion every great city has a great park and for me Villa Borghese is Rome’s great park!

Things to remember:

  • There are several restaurants within the Gardens or alternatively take a picnic
  • Tickets to go into Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance
  • Prams and bags of any description are not allowed inside the gallery.


  1. November 22, 2016 / 7:52 am

    I love the tranquility and large open spaces for kids to just run around! It’s something that’s really lacking here in Singapore. Having plenty of playgrounds is a bonus! #CityTripping

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:13 am

      I love them too! I’m surprised that Singapore is lacking in them

  2. November 22, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Great tips. It’s important to find a park in a city to let the kids let off steam! #citytripping

    • November 22, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Agree parks are essential with kids of any age

  3. November 22, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I’m sure we’ve been here but didn’t realise where we were at the time. I think I need to go back again to see it properly 🙂

    • November 22, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Sounds like you should – it really is lovely

  4. November 22, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    It’s always been hugely hot whenever I’ve been in Rome so a cool shady place to escape sounds perfect- especially if I go back with my daughter. Such a good tip. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  5. November 22, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    What a haven of peace and tranquility! Like you, I am a huge fan of cities with parks, and they are practically obligatory when visiting with kids.

    Thanks for the post and greetings from Luxembourg (which, by the way, is a great place for parks and playgrounds too) #CityTripping

    • November 23, 2016 / 4:16 am

      Not really considered Luxembourg a great park place – too to know

  6. November 23, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Whilst I love cities it’s always good to escape the bustle for a battery re-charge, especially with a picnic in a park. Thank you for this top Rome tip #CityTripping

    • November 24, 2016 / 4:08 am

      Completely agree – and it is a truly beautiful park

  7. December 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    This looks like an ideal find in a wonderful but crowded city like Rome. Green spaces are always so calming – and how fantasic that there’s a museum and theatre inside, too. Sounds like our kind of place! Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • December 7, 2016 / 4:05 am

      Id never been before but will certainly be going back

  8. December 7, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Bookmarking for our upcoming trip to Rome. Love the tranquility of these gardens and I love Italian garden design too! Looks like the perfect stop amid the sightseeing

  9. December 16, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Hello, Wow! It’s a nice place. Yes I completely agree with you. Gardens are very peaceful place. It’s boon of nature to us. So we can feel peace and take a fresh breath. Thank You so much.

  10. March 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I love Rome, what beautiful gardens.

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