Villa Borghese


Via U. Aldrovandi, Via P. Raimondi (2 ingressi), Via Porta Pinciana (2 ingressi), Piazzale San Paolo del Brasile, Piazzale Flaminio, Piazzale Cervantes
Open every day. Free entry.

In the early 1600s, Cardinal Scipione Borghese wanted a garden of wonders around the building now known as the Galleria Borghese, where he displayed his amazing art collection of ancient masterpieces and works by Bernini, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Canova. The astonishment of the guests continued into the gardens, where flowers imported from the recently discovered Americas and never seen before, were grown. In the neighbouring Aviary they could admire birds with their rare song or plumage and white and black swans swimming in the lake. In the 1700s these were joined by other attractions: a lake with an island and a Greek style temple, fake ruins of temples, a course for horse racing and spectacular water fountains. The Villa is the heart of Rome, a place of culture with its museums and works of art, but also entertainment with the Bio park, the Cinema House, the Globe Theatre, the cafes and the playroom for small children and a spring horse show of international fame.

The collection of plants in the villa is extremely important, as it includes numerous species, both local and exotic: beech, cypresses, European nettle trees, holms, secular plane trees, and laurels, but also Chilean pines, Californian sequoias, Canary palms, horse-chestnuts and various fruit trees. There are also numerous animals, such as squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, crested porcupines, and birds, including tawny owls, barn owls, mallards and moorhens, robins, nightingales and green woodpeckers. Among the more localised are green toads, green frogs and spotted newts. Lastly, the presence of the stag beetle, hermit beetle and great Capricorn beetle are of significant importance in terms of fauna.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 00197 Roma, Italy


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