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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

The Park

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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.

Laura

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I love Rome, what beautiful gardens.

Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

Thursday 1st of March 2018

This just sounds so luscious Leonie!

Mike Anderson

Friday 16th of December 2016

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.

Wandermust Mummy

Friday 16th of December 2016

I love green spaces in cities

Katy

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

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

Wandermust Mummy

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

It's a great place sure you would love it!

Nell (the Pigeon Pair and Me)

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

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

Wandermust Mummy

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Id never been before but will certainly be going back