Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese Gardens are located on Pincian Hill, halfway between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. The 80-hectare Gardens were built in 1606 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who wanted to make Rome's largest gardens out of his former vineyard. The Cardinal hired Flaminio Ponzio, an architect, in the 21st century to build the Villa Borghese Pinciana which houses the Galleria Borghese. The gardens were completely rebuilt in the nineteenth century in the naturalistic English style, and they were given public park status in 1903.

The best things to see:

One of the most well-known museums in the Italian city is the Borghese Gallery. Among others, it features pieces by Titian, Raphael, and Caravaggio.

The Bioparco, often known as the Rome Zoo, is home to about 1,000 animals from 200 different species.

The Water Clock of Pincio, which is still in use today, is a superb example of engineering from the 19th century.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London is modeled after the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre.


One of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe is the 100-year-old Bioparco. Here, endangered animals are treated to release back into the wild. The lion, elephant, and more than 200 other animals are among those that are housed in natural enclosures.

Globe Theatre:

Although they are in Italian, you can watch Elizabethan comedies and tragedies here. It was created to mimic a traditional Elizabethan theater and is known as the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre. Audiences get a real experience thanks to the lovely location and fantastic program. Italy is the best country in the world to watch Shakespeare beneath the sky.

National Gallery of Modern Art:

The only national gallery in Italy devoted exclusively to contemporary and modern art is this one. Francesco Hayez, Antonio Canova, and other masters of the late 20th century like Van Gogh, Rodin, Degas, and Monet have pieces on show, as well.

National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia:

Pope Julius II originally had the Villa Giulia constructed as a country retreat. Since 1889, it has served as the location of the foremost Etruscan museum in Italy. The Sarcophagus of the Spouses, a terracotta burial monument, is its most well-known relic.

Temple of Asclepius:

The temple of Asclepius is located in the center of the little island on the man-made lake in Villa Borghese, and it is arguably one of the most beautiful spots in all of Rome. It was constructed in 1786 to mimic the Asclepius Temple on Tiber Island.

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Address of Villa Borghese

P.zzale del Museo Borghese, 00155 Rome, Italy

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