Top gardens & parks to explore in Rome

Parks in Rome: Parco degli Acquedotti

While popular gardens like Villa Borghese and Villa Doria Pamphili are famed for their beauty, they're also known for drawing crowds of fellow sun seekers. Find your own oasis in the Italian capital at one of these secret spots. Here's the scoop on some of the gardens and parks in Rome that are less known to help you escape the rush.

The green lung of Rome: Villa Ada

Set in the northern area of Rome, Villa Ada is one of the largest parks in the capital and was once home to Italian royalty. Nowadays this beautiful park still boasts many neoclassical buildings as well as a flourishing flora and many animal species. Radisson Blu GHR Hotel, Rome is only a short walk away from this tranquil oasis, the perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing and enjoy the city like a local!

Villa Ada Rome

Coming up roses: Roseto Comunale

Not to be missed in spring, Roseto Comunale (the municipal rose garden) on Aventine Hill is home to over a thousand varieties of the blossom. It's a feast for the senses as roses fill the air with their fragrant scent and add lively color to the park. Settle on one of the benches dotted around the garden and breathe it all in. The park is open from early May until late June, when the flowers are at their fullest and the weather isn't too hot.

Parks in Rome: Rome Rose Garden

Family favorite: Villa Celimontana

Set into Celio Hill, this former vineyard and grand 17th century villa were once owned by the Mattei family. Today, the gardens are the main attraction; dotted with marble statues, winding walkways and an impressive obelisk, they're the perfect setting for a relaxed family stroll. The Villa also hosts a jazz festival every summer, and there's a playground and pony rides to keep the kids entertained. Nearby Parco del Celio provides some welcome shade from the fierce Roman sun, so bring a book and join the locals when it's time to cool off.

Parks in Rome: Villa Celimontana

Top of the world: Monte Mario

The Riserva Naturale di Monte Mario offers one of the most spectacular views of Rome. It's located to the north west, on the highest hill in the city, so you're guaranteed some peace and quiet away from the usual tourist trails. This is also where you'll find the Rome Observatory and the imposing Villa Mazzanti. Visit in the evening, starting with a cocktail in Lo Zodiaco bar and restaurant, right on top of the hill. What could compare to watching the sun setting over the Eternal City with a cool drink in hand?

Parks in Rome: Monte Mario

Picnic by the ruins: Parco degli Acquedotti

Literally translated to 'park of aqueducts', this space takes its name from the structures running through it. Just a five-minute walk from film studio Cinecitta, Parco degli Acquedotti is one of the city's most filmed locations. Fellini's 1960 classic La Dolce Vita and 2014 Oscar winner (Best Foreign Film) The Great Beauty were both shot here. The ruins are a fascinating piece of Roman history, and this peaceful picnic spot is just five miles from the city centre. Put it on your list of parks in Rome to visit.

Parks in Rome: Parco degli Acquedotti

Roman romance: Villa Sciarra

Named after the central villa, these serene gardens were designed around a mythological theme that gives them an air of magic. It's easy to believe the rumor that Cleopatra and Julius Caesar once enjoyed a romantic dinner on the grounds where the villa now stands. Discover the statues and ornate fountains carved with ancient Roman imagery, including the Fontana dei Fauni at the Largo Minutelli entrance, portraying a family of fauns frolicking in the water. You'll also find botanical gardens and an aviary to explore.


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