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Top Parks and Gardens in Rome

Top Parks and Gardens in Rome

As Italy’s capital, Rome has a brisk urban pace that can be overwhelming. Luckily, the city is home to peaceful parks offering respite from the summer heat, quiet paths far from traffic, and some of the best views over the domes and rooftops of the historic center. Here are our top picks of the best parks and gardens in the Eternal City.

Villa Borghese

The center of the city and queen of Rome’s public parks is Villa Borghese, home to the spectacular Villa Borghese museum, with a collection including works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and others. This vast park, dotted with statues, fountains, lakes, and small museums, houses the city zoo and the Pincio terrace, where you can take in the sweeping view over Piazza del Popolo and the city center.

 

Villa Doria Pamphili

Once the private estate of the aristocratic Pamphili family and another of Rome’s top public parks, Villa Doria Pamphili is the largest landscaped garden in the city. The headliner here is the Casino del Bel Respiro, an elegant, 17th-century villa surrounded by exquisite parterre. Gardening enthusiasts will love the meticulous landscaping, but the winding paths, rich bird life, pretty pedestrian bridge, and towering shade trees make this garden a welcome oasis for everyone.

 

The Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico)

Tucked in the Trastevere neighborhood overlooking the sumptuous Palazzo Corsini, Rome’s excellent Botanical Garden is often overlooked, despite its lush grounds covering 30 acres (12 hectares) and planted with more than 3,000 species. Meander uphill through the bamboo forest, Japanese garden, rose garden, and greenhouses bursting with orchids, bonsai, cacti, and other flora to the scenic lookout at the top of Janiculum Hill, where you can pause to take in the view over the city.

Orange Garden (Giardini degli Aranci)

Across the Tiber River from the Botanical Garden, the pocket-size Orange Garden sits at the top of Aventine Hill, one of Rome’s seven historic hills and among the most scenic spots in the historic center. Thick with orange trees and umbrella pines, this gated garden near the Circus Maximus and Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità) is a popular stop for shutterbugs who want to capture the view of Michelangelo’s dome topping St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

The Vatican Gardens

After the throngs of visitors that crowd the other highlights in Vatican City, these gardens just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are surprisingly quiet. Open in June, July, and August, these 13th-century gardens spread across a series of landscaped terraces dotted with flower beds and fountains are the perfect break after visiting the basilica and Vatican Museums. The footsore can even explore the gardens via an open-air bus.

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

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Experience over 2,500 years of history on a private tour through one of the world’s most popular and influential regions—Rome’s beautiful historical district. Roam the streets of this city in a comfortable, covered, street-legal golf cart—providing access unavailable on foot. This family-friendly sightseeing tour offers a narrated journey of the palaces, monuments, churches, fountains, and statues that define the rich heritage of the capital and largest city in Italy.
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
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2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome
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2-Hour Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Borghese Gallery in Rome

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Save time waiting in line for this popular attraction with skip-the-line tickets for to Rome's famous Borghese Gallery. With tickets in hand and your tour guide in the lead (optional), explore the gardens and see masterpieces by Raffaello, Canova, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Choose to explore independently or take the guided tour option.
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Colosseum with Hosted Entry
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Colosseum with Hosted Entry

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Check off the must-sees of Rome and Vatican City with this all-in-one pass that can be used over two days. Allowing you to visit the sights at your own pace, the prebooked sightseeing voucher includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the papal tombs. Just make one booking, and then use your pass to visit the landmarks at your leisure.
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Barefoot in the Park: Your Ultimate Organic Picnic in Rome
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Barefoot in the Park: Your Ultimate Organic Picnic in Rome

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Take a break from sightseeing and treat yourself to a gourmet Italian-style picnic in one of Rome’s most beautiful parks. Choose to dine with friends in the idyllic Borghese Gardens; relax during a family lunch at the magnificent Villa Pamphili gardens; or impress your loved one with a romantic sunset picnic. Everything is included in your specially prepared hamper, so you can lay out your picnic blanket, pour a glass of Prosecco and feast on fresh organic salads, homemade cake and traditional Italian delicacies such as frittata and prosciutto.
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Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome

Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome

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Breathe in the beauty of Villa Borghese, Rome’s largest public park, on a guided bike tour. This monumental complex of gardens takes its name from 15th-century art patron Cardinal Scipione Borghese and boasts the stately Gallery Borghese art museum, a picturesque lake, ornate monuments, and ancient ruins. Pedal around highlights including the magnificent Lake Gardens, fountains, statues and temples, and the elegant gallery, home to works by Caravaggio and Bernini.
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