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Parks and Gardens

Villa Borghese

Entrances: Porta Pinciana, Piazzale Flaminio, Viale delle Belle Arti, Via Mercadante, Via Pinciana.
Area: 190 acres. Founded at the beginning of the 17th century for Cardinal Scipione Borghese Cafarelli, it is the most central and famous
park in Rome, with many paths, fountains and statues.
Points of interest include Piazza di Siena, where the famous horse show takes place, the Giardino del Lago (Lake Garden) where there are boats to rent and a small temple in the middle of the lake, and the lovely 17th-century Uccelleria and Casino della Meridiana. The park also hosts several museums, such as the Galleria Borghese, the Pietro Canonica Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Etruscan Museum and the Civic Museum of Zoology with the Zoological Garden. An overpass unites Villa Borghese with the Pincio, the public promenade designed in 1810 by Valadier from where one can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city, especially at sunset.

Villa doria Pamphili

Entrances: Via Olimpica, Via di San Pancrazio, Via Vitellia, Via Aurelia Antica, 327. Area: 445 acres.
Unites the elegance of the 17th-century villa with statues and fountains and a vast green area (the largest in Rome). A pedestrian bridge connects the two sides of the villa, separated by Via Olimpica.
There are special areas equipped for running and open-air sport.

Villa Ada

Entrances: Via Salaria. 170 acres. Formerly the private park of the residence of Victor Emmanuel III, near the elegant Parioli district, this is the "wildest" of the city parks. Inside are running tracks, games, a merry-go-round, a skating rink and a riding school.