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.
Just when you thought you've seen it all in Rome, Zoomarine comes across as a delightful surprise package that appeals to the young as well as the old. 34 hectares of sheer fun and indulgence; a place where you get to meet exotic birds, mammals, get close to the wild and go spinning on one of the rides all at once. Let it not cross your mind for a second that the animals are in poor unsanitary condition. They are pampered silly and are under the eye of qualified vets and biologists around the clock. Bring your tots to Zoomarine and get in touch with the animal kingdom. Check the website for timings.
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.
A pleasant stone-house located in the countryside, surrounded by vast green fields and pristine air, Donnardea is a family-owned and operated winery which has made producing fine wines a personal mission. Do not be fooled by the rustic beauty around you as the wine cellar is built with the most advanced technology, manipulated to maintain wines at the perfect temperature and condition. A natural park, designed specially for children adorns the premises of Donnardea, making it a popular place for children.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Vatican Gardens were founded in 1279 by Niccolò III as a place for peace and tranquility. From inside the gardens, you can see all the structures that are part of the Vatican City, some very ancient such as the Leonine Walls. There are numerous fountains, shrines, temples and caves within the wall. The walls were erected in defense of the Vatican City after the Saracens devastated the Vatican basilica. The construction of the sturdy walls stretched up to 3kms with 44 tall towers and boulders made up of mixed stone and lime work.