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10 Rome's best parks

Strolling through Rome's parks is one of those little pleasures you can enjoy during your vacation. Especially during spring and autumn, when nature is at its best, don't miss them!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

8 min read

10 Rome's best parks

Image inside Villa Borghese Park | ©Wvllvam

Rome's parks are small works of art in themselves. Places where nature and art blend together to become little havens of peace where you can relax during an intense day of sightseeing in the city center. Want to know some of the most beautiful parks? Read on!

1. Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese Gardens| ©Stefano Consolo
Villa Borghese Gardens| ©Stefano Consolo

Of all the parks in Rome, the most important is Villa Borghese. One of the largest in Europe and an obligatory stop on your route through the Italian capital when you feel like relaxing for a while. It is located very close to the historic center, so it will not cost you anything to get there.

Villa Borghese is a beautiful park where nature and the art of Rome combine perfectly. Inside you will see magnificent monuments, sculptures and fountains surrounded by centuries-old trees and gardens that will leave you in awe. In particular, both the gardens of Villa Borghese and the sculptures of Villa Borghese will leave you fascinated.

You can take the opportunity to visit it if you have tickets for the Borghese Gallery (which is inside) or if you are traveling to Rome with children and you are going to visit the Rome Zoo or just want to play a little outdoors.

Interesting information

Address: Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma
How to get there: By subway, line A, station Spagna or Flaminio.

Buy tickets for the Borghese Gallery

2. The Orange Garden

One of the views from the Garden of Oranges| ©Eden, Janine and Jim
One of the views from the Garden of Oranges| ©Eden, Janine and Jim

The Orange Garden is one of Rome's most emblematic parks. You will find it away from the hustle and bustle of Rome, in a small corner hidden in the Aventine Hill. It is the perfect place to go when you want to disconnect for a while from the hustle and bustle of the center and at the same time enjoy nature.

I recommend you to take your camera with you because the Orange Garden has beautiful panoramic views of the city from its viewpoint.

It is a very nice park and frequented by both Romans and tourists. Upon entering you will see a path guarded by huge pine trees that will take you to the terrace from where you can see the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza Venezia, the Trastevere district and the rest of Rome at your feet.

A piece of advice? Go to the Orange Garden at sunset - it's a romantic place to enjoy it!

Interesting information

Address: Piazza Pietro D'Illiria, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
How to get there: By subway, line B, Circo Massimo station.

3. Villa Ada

Villa Ada| ©Majid Abder
Villa Ada| ©Majid Abder

The former hunting ground of the House of Savoy is now one of Rome's largest parks and one of its main green lungs. When the weather is good, Romans often go to Villa Ada to breathe fresh air and disconnect for a while from the routine.

The park is full of pine, oak and cork oak forests, so on hot days strolling in the shade or having a picnic is a delight. It is also a good place to go to sunbathe by the lake during the days when the summer in Rome gives a truce, to practice sports or to listen to live music as sometimes open-air concerts are organized there.

I recommend you to go to Villa Ada if you visit Rome in autumn with your camera because with the changing of the leaves of the trees, the park becomes very colorful and beautiful. You can even take pictures of the rabbits or squirrels you see running around.

Other activities you can do in Villa Ada are to visit the Temple of Flora, the Catacombs of Priscilla or the Bunker of Benito Mussolini.

Information of interest

Address: Via Salaria, 267, 273/275 Roma
How to get there: By bus, line 92 from Termini Station. Get off at via Nemorense stop.

4. The Aqueduct Park

Park of the Aqueducts| ©Andy Montgomery
Park of the Aqueducts| ©Andy Montgomery

Walking around Rome is like being in an open-air museum. Not only in the city center but also in its parks.

This is the case of the Park of the Aqueducts, so called because it has a lot of ancient Roman and papal aqueducts that supplied water to the Italian capital. Today you can see seven of the eleven that existed as the Anio Vetus, the Anio Novus or the Acqua Felice (still in operation). It will be like taking a trip back in time to the past!

I recommend you to visit it if you go to Rome in spring, when the cherry trees in the park are in bloom. In the surrounding area there are fields of crops and cattle grazing, which gives the landscape an idyllic look. You will get some beautiful pictures of your trip to Rome.

Useful information

Address: Via Lemonia, 221, 00174 Roma
How to get there: By subway, line A, Giulio Agricola and Subaugusta stations.

5. The Pincio Terrace

View from La Terraza del Pincio| ©Morebyless
View from La Terraza del Pincio| ©Morebyless

Take advantage of your visit to the Spanish Steps or Piazza del Popolo to visit the Pincio Terrace, one of the most beautiful parks in Rome that you will find in the center.

Already in the nineteenth century it was one of the most visited gardens by the aristocracy and, although time has passed, it is still a beloved place by the Romans to go for a walk among its tree-lined avenues and have a good time.

In addition, the Pincio Terrace has a viewpoint with one of the best panoramic views of the city and from here you can enjoy beautiful views of Castel Sant'Angelo (a place worth visiting), the Vittoriano, St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza del Popolo.

This is another of the most beautiful viewpoints in Rome to go to enjoy the sunset for its romantic and special atmosphere.

Information of interest

Address: Salita del Pincio, 00187 Roma
How to get there: Walking from Piazza di Spagna or Piazza del Popolo.

6. The Municipal Rose Garden

The Municipal Rose Garden| ©Yannick Carer
The Municipal Rose Garden| ©Yannick Carer

If you love photographing flower gardens, behind the Circus Maximus and a few meters from the Colosseum you will find the Municipal Rose Garden of Rome. Its location is not fortuitous since in the past there was a temple here in honor of the goddess Flora.

It is not one of the most popular parks in Rome but it is one of the most beautiful where the rose is the absolute protagonist, with more than a thousand varieties from all over the world!

I advise you to go during the spring, when the roses are at their peak and the air is impregnated with their scent. The perfect combination for lovers of botany and photography!

Useful information

Address: Via di Valle Murcia, 6, 00153 Roma
How to get there: By subway, line B, Circo Massimo station.

7. Appia Antica Regional Park

Biking along the Via Appia Antica| ©Franco Bianco
Biking along the Via Appia Antica| ©Franco Bianco

If you have already been to the city several times and Rome's parks are too small for you, you can always go to the outskirts to explore the Parco Regionale Dell' Appia Antica, the largest urban park in Europe.

Inside this park you can discover the Via Appia Antica, the first Roman road in history that linked Rome to southern Italy.

I recommend renting bicycles at the information point at the beginning of the walk. During the ride you will have fabulous views of the landscape full of cypress and pine trees on both sides of the Via. It is also lined with temples, pantheons and halfway along the road are the catacombs of Sebastiano.

Information of interest

Address: Via Appia Antica, 42, 00178 Roma
How to get there: By bus, line 118 bus from the Colosseum or Piazza Venezia.

8. Villa Doria Pamphilj

Waterfall of Villa Doria Pamphilj| ©Anthony Majanlahti
Waterfall of Villa Doria Pamphilj| ©Anthony Majanlahti

On the outskirts of the city, on the Gianicolo hill in the Monteverde district, lies Villa Doria Pamphilj, the largest park in Rome. It is famous not only for its size and lush vegetation, but also for the palazzi and fountains that decorate it.

It is, therefore, a very nice place to get lost for a while among its groves to relax and disconnect from everyday life. In fact, many Romans go there for sports, meditation, picnics or a photographic tour, especially in spring or autumn when the nature of Villa Doria Pamphilj reaches its maximum splendor.

Some of the most beautiful corners of the park are the Belvedere lake, the Theater garden, the Venus fountain or the Bel Respiro casino. Don't forget your camera when you visit this place because it will be one of the most beautiful landscapes you will admire in Rome.

Useful information

Address: Via di S. Pancrazio, 00152 Roma
How to get there: By bus, line 870 stop Via Pancrazio

9. Villa Torlonia

Garden of Villa Torlonia| ©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Garden of Villa Torlonia| ©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Villa Torlonia is one of the smallest parks in Rome, although it is full of great scenic beauty where nature blends with the neoclassical architecture of the buildings that decorate it.

So much so that it did not go unnoticed by the dictator Benito Mussolini, who made Villa Torlonia his residence until 1943. After World War II, it fell into a period of neglect, but after the city of Rome acquired the villa, it was converted into a public park and the old buildings there regained their luster and were transformed into museums.

Some of those you can see surrounded by oaks, carob trees or centenary chestnut trees are the Casino Nobile, the Casino dei Principi or the Casina delle Civette.

Information of interest

Address: Via Nomentana, 70, 00161 Roma
How to get there: By subway, line B, station Bologna

10. Villa Celimontana

View of Villa Celimontana| ©Kristof Verslype
View of Villa Celimontana| ©Kristof Verslype

Another of the most beautiful parks in Rome that you can see on your vacation is Villa Celimontana. A place that surprises for the variety of plants that grow in their gardens. If you are passionate about botany, there is no doubt that this is another of the parks in the city that you will like to visit.

But in Villa Celimontana you will not only enjoy nature, but like many other Roman parks, it also has some small architectural jewel to amaze tourists. In this case a beautiful mansion of the sixteenth century, which is the headquarters of the Italian Geographical Society today. If you have the opportunity and time to spare on your trip, you can visit it.

Interesting information

Address: Via della Navicella, 10, 00184 Roma
How to get there: By subway, line B, station Colosseo