Villa Borghese is one of the biggest parks in Europe, and the green lung of the centre of Rome. It is a perfect destination to enjoy with the whole family: Your children will be able to run and play freely, and you will be able to admire the beauty of the gardens in typical Roman-English style, the lakes and the temples. Besides, Villa Borghese constitutes one of the cultural centres in the city, due to the museums located there: The Galleria Borghese, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderno or the Villa Medici houses. Besides, your children will be able to learn about animals in the Bioparco di Roma.
Villa Borghese as it is dates back from 1605, when Cardinal Scipione Borghese started to turn them from a vineyard to a garden. Later on, the premises, which belonged to the Borghese family, were remodelled into gardens of English style. It became a public park in 1902, when the family sold the premises to the State, except from the main building, which would constitute the Galleria Borghese.
Villa Borghese is located between the IV rione of Rome, Campo Marzio (ancient Campus Martius, a very important part of Ancient Rome), and the Quartiere Pinciano, the third quartiere (neighbourhood) of Rome, located right north of Villa Borghese. This neighbourhood is mainly residential and a place of business. Together with the other two first historic neighbourhoods of Rome, Parioli and Flaminio, it is one of the most elegant places of the city. If you book one of the apartments in Villa Borghese, you will be able to enjoy a quieter atmosphere, a bit further away from the tourist crowds that populate the city centre.
Right at the beginning of Villa Borghese, right where the Pincian Hill is, you will find Piazza del Popolo – In fact, you can climb down the stairs from Villa Borghese to arrive there. Piazza del Popolo is the point where the Trident of Rome conveys, a shopping area formed by the three main shopping streets in the centre of Rome: Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta. In these three streets, you will find all the major shopping brands available: From the most affordable ones, such as Zara, H&M or Mango (located mostly in Via del Corso) to haute-couture like Versace, Hugo Boss or Emporio Armani. The apartments near Villa Borghese are in the perfect location to go on a shopping spree!
The underground system in Rome isn’t as extensive as the one in other European cities, due to the many remains from Ancient Rome spread in it. Luckily, there are so many important and impressive monuments that you don’t need to walk for long until you arrive to the next tourist attraction!
Villa Borghese isn’t right in the historic centre of Rome, but the closest metro stations (Spagna and Flaminio, which is also a train station) are already in the centre – which means that, depending on where you’re going next, you can just walk, too. However, if you’re going to spend a lot of time around Villa Borghese, it may be a good idea to rent a Vespa! There are many companies in Rome that rent motorcycles, since it’s a great way to move around the city, especially if you’re travelling with your better half!
There are several buses that go to Villa Borghese: 49, 88, 95, 490 and 495.
Villa Borghese is a great place to spend a relaxing day with the whole family, enjoy nature and the beauty of the gardens, and have a fun picnic: An oasis in the middle of the busy and chaotic Rome, and a breather in your trip. However, if you don’t want to pause and want to absorb everything there is to experience in Rome, you will find tons of things to do: You can visit the Galleria Borghese, one of the most important museums in Rome, where you will be able to admire masterpieces by artists as important as Raphael or Caravaggio. You can also visit the beautiful gardens, lakes and temples, the fountains and the Villas, in a constant spectacle that mixes the most impressive nature and architecture.
You can also see the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, a reproduction of the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London, and admire the water clock located in the Pincian Hill. Finally, you can take your children to the Bioparco di Roma so they can see and learn about many species of the animal world. You can also rent bikes or skates in the main entrances of the park, so you can have a fun, sporty family day.
Near Villa Borghese, you will find many wonderful restaurants where to enjoy delicious Italian Cuisine, such as Giarrosto Fiorentino, Ristorante Vladimiro and Sapore d’Ischia, among many others.
Right in Villa Borghese, you will be able to have coffee and a snack in a dreamy atmosphere. We’re referring to the Caffetteria Casina del Lago, located right in the middle of the great park. Cosy and with a delicate and elegant decoration.
Finally, there is a wonderful option that your children will love and that will allow you to enjoy that natural space in the middle of the city even more: a picnic in the park! Just buy some delicious focaccia in one of the many bakeries in the city centre and head to the park, to enjoy the green leaves and the sun!
You will need to leave Villa Borghese to enjoy the lively nightlife of the capital of Italy – Parks are great during the day, but we do want something busier for the nights, right? Around Piazza del Popolo, you will find several pubs and bars to enjoy a drink such as the Stravinsky Bar, Morrison’s or The Highlander Pub.
If you’re in the mood to go dancing, you will need to get a bit farther away from the city centre. You will have to take the metro until stop Piramide (If you take it in Flaminio or Spagna, you will have to change to the other line in station Termini). Most of the clubs in Rome are located in this area.