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Best Parks in Rome

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The Rose Garden

Nestled within the historical Circus Maximus, between valleys of Aventine and Palatine, lies The Rose Garden commonly known as Roseto Comunale. As the name allures, this garden houses over a 1000 varieties of rose shrubs. Set up in 1931, this place is hosts various competitions for gardening enthusiasts. This garden is in close proximity to the Colosseum; after a dose of history, visit this park to take in some floral beauties. The garden is open to visitors during spring only, contact the management for details before visiting.

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Park Savello (Orange Garden)

History, nature and orange trees: the Orange Garden is the real masterpiece of the Aventine Hill and the Ripa Neighborhood. It was created in the 13th Century by a noble family, the Savellis, from the ruins of an old castle owned by another aristocratic family, the Crescenzis. The actual layout of the park was designed during the 1930s by Italian architect Raffaele de Vico, while orange trees were planted in honor of the old Saint Dominic order. Also known as Savello Park, this great rectangular garden surrounded by medieval walls, has an area of 7800 square meters (83,958 square feet) on the hill. Here you will admire an amazing view of Rome, from the Tiber to Saint Peter's Basilica.

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Parco del Colle Oppio

Nestled in the heart of the city, Raffaele De Vico designed this park in the late 20th Century, with the aim of making the city center more attractive in accordance with a plan begun during the Napoleonic era. Note the octagonal fountain embellished with terracotta amphoras that adds to the beauty of the landscape. In addition, there are nymphaea with tufa decorations, fountains dedicated to Nero and Trajan, and various statues. This extensive garden is spread across 11 hectares (27.8 acres).

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Gardens of Lucullus

One of the most famous places in the city, the Gardens of Lucullus were the pioneers of the Persian gardening style in Rome. These gardens were housed in an ancient castle dating back to 60 BCE. They spelled luxury with their expansive shade, beautiful flowers and fruits. The site changed many hands, one of which was Valerius who was compelled to commit suicide by the Empress Messalina who loved playing among its shade. She was later murdered here too. However, such is the charm of this beautiful landscape that one cannot but fall in love with it.

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Orto Botanico

Managed by the botany department of the Sapienza University, Orto Botanico is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country that has been in existence since 1883. This lovely garden is filled with 7000 exotic flowers from all over the world. The collection of marvelously colored orchids is probably the centerpiece of the entire gardens, which were at one time part of Palazzo Corsini. The stepped fountain with a composition of flowers is very picturesque.

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Villa Celimontana

The lovely Villa Celimontana was originally a vineyard that was bought by the Mattei family to whom the new design of the gardens is owed. Located on the Celio hill, it has long attracted visitors with the beauty of villa and the trees and ancient marbles in its gardens, including an obelisk from the times of Ramses II. It became the property of various foreigners until 1918 when it was confiscated by the Italian state. The last owner, Baron Riccardo Hoffmann, contributed to its expansion and added a small Neo-Gothic temple, which is now the home of the Italian Geographic Society. The villa is as beautiful as ever and a lovely spot to pass a few hours (or take in the talents of renowned musicians at the Jazz & Image festival).

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Pincian Hill

These lovely gardens overlook one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, Piazza del Popolo. There were gardens here even in the time of Ancient Rome, and it is said that they were quite fabulous. The present-day gardens were designed in the early 19th Century by the architect Valadier who also created Piazza del Popolo itself. They became a favorite location for walking, and who knows how many love stories blossomed amongst the pine trees. Piazzale Napoleone here offers an unforgettable view of Rome, along with the famous Water Clock that dates back to the 19th Century. A visit to the restaurant Casina Valadier is well worth it, for a coffee or a light lunch.

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Villa Borghese

Design of Villa Borghese began at the start of the 17th Century when Pope Paul V Borghese was elected. Its style resembles that of city villas from 100 years earlier. The gardens were especially cared for—aviaries were added to house exotic birds and areas of the gardens were stocked with peacocks, ostriches, gazelles and even lions. Over the years, the garden was altered into an English-style space designed by Jacob Moore. One of the park's loveliest areas is the Lake Garden, which is enclosed by a railing that emphasizes the lake's irregular shape. In the center of an artificial island, a temple was built dedicated to Aesculapius. The famous Square of Siena has been the scene of horse-jumping and carriage-racing competitions since it was first built.

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Villa Sciarra

This park lies on the slopes of the Gianicolo. It boasts botanical plants and statues of mythological figures as well as a holy copse dedicated to a nymph which was part of the area known as Caesar's gardens. The building is closed for restoration but the gardens are splendid, particularly when in flower. Fountains represent figures such as Apollo and Daphne, the Dawn and a myriad of fauns at play. Representations of the months of the year have been created in a semi-circular flowerbed and other fountains have allegorical themes.

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Fondazione Bioparco di Roma

Nestled within the Villa Borghese park that has been in existence since 1911, is one of the oldest garden's in the continent. Fondazione Bioparco di Roma that used to be a zoo, has now become the Bioparco. With only a few cages, the goal is to create an environment that is as close as possible to the animals' natural habitat. Here children can learn about where and how animals really live. A great place for adults as well, you may want to come here for walks and relaxing day outings too.

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Villa Doria Pamphili

Villa Doria Pamphili has its main entrance at San Pancrazio Gate though it has other entrances around its nine-kilometer perimeter. Besides being Rome's largest park, it is also one of the richest in terms of vegetation with tall trees and rare plants. There are also many animals: marsh turtles, moorhens, herons, swans, geese and fish in the pool. The park was laid out on the orders of Prince Camillo Pamphili, the nephew of Pope Innocent X, between 1644 and 1652. The villa was designed with sculptor and architect Alessandro Algardi, the creator of the fountains of the Lily and the Snail. Algardi is also attributed with the Casino di Allegrezza, one of the park's best features, although it is argued by some that he only contributed to the decoration. The last changes to the villa were made by Andrea Busirici Vici who was commissioned by Prince Filippo Andrea V Doria Pamphili. Currently the Casino and the secret garden are owned by the state while the rest of the park is owned by Rome Council and is open to the public.

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Villa Ada

The villa is named after the wife of the Swiss Count Tellfner who, as well as King Vittorio Emmanuele II, was one of its many owners. The park is very large with ample grounds in which to run and also to relax. There are cycle paths and skate tracks. Sports lovers come here to train. You can compete or help out in competitions between radio-controlled model boats down at the lake. There are many entrances to the park on Via Salaria; one of these is next to the catacombs of Saint Priscilla.

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