The Villa Borghese Gardens (80 hectares) is the third largest public park in Rome, Italy.
Originally, a private vineyard, the Park Garden was redesigned and enlarged in the early 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese (nephew of Pope Paul V). It was further landscaped following an English style gardens design in the 19th century.
The main building of the Villa is the 17th century Casino Nobile which houses the Museo or Galleria Borghese.
The Villa building was designed Giovanni Vasanzio (Jan Van Santen) and built to house the extensive collection of paintings, artwork, ancient statues and artefacts owned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese.
Often referred to as the green lungs of Rome, the park which is easily accessible from anywhere in Rome features wide leafy and shady lanes, landscaped gardens, several museums, neo classical temples, beautiful fountains and many monuments and statues.
It also has a picturesque lake or lagoon that allows tourists and locals to hire boats and row in amongst the water fowl and around the imitation Ionic Temple of Aesculapius.
It’s a pleasure to walk or bike through its leafy lanes and watch Romans and visitors at play or relaxing and escape the hectic streets of Rome.
Note: The Villa Doria Pamphili is the largest landscaped park in Rome and the Villa Ada is the second largest.
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