Rome’s monuments and archaic buildings are gorgeous enough. What is even greater and yet more peaceful are the huge green parks that spread all around it!
1. Parco degli Acquedotti
This photogenic park is endless measuring around 240 ha (593 acres). It is just 8 km from the centre of Rome.Towards the South and East of the park crops are still grown and sheep can be found grazing. Partly due to its proximity to Rome’s movie studios at Cinecittà, the park is often used as a film location. Perhaps the most memorable scene is the opening shot of La Dolce Vita where we see a statue of Christ suspended from a helicopter flying along the Aqua Claudia. This place is perfect for picnics, running,cycling and of course walking your dogs.
2. Villa Borghese
Near Flaminio metro stands the beauty of this fairy-tale-like Villa Borghese gardens. These gardens are perfect for a picnic date and some wine and chill. You can also rent a boat to paddle around the temple of Aesculapius where there is a little pond. There is also the Borghese gallery/museum which you can check out but needs a reservation a month or so prior to the visit.
3. Giardino degli Aranci
Giardino degli Aranci, translated to Orange Trees Garden, is about 7,800 square meters and is located on the Aventine Hill. The park offers an excellent view of the city. The garden, as it is today, was designed in 1932 by Raffaele De Vico. A close walking distance from this park is the famous Aventine Keyhole which i’ll be writing a special post about due to its interesting backstory.
4. Villa Doria Pamphili
This Villa is a seventeenth-century villa and the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is located in the quarter of Monteverde, on the Gianicolo, just outside the Porta San Pancrazio in the ancient walls of Rome where the ancient road of the Via Aurelia commences. This photogenic place has huge landscapes and is perfect for sport activities and family outings. There is just one cafe around, so make sure to get your own supplies before going. Don’t confuse it with the Doria Pamphili gallery which is in Via del corso ( also a great gallery to seek).