5 Beautiful Parks in Rome, Italy

by ShegoWandering
December 9, 2021 | 6 min read

5 Beautiful Parks in Rome, Italy

We’ll talk today about some beautiful parks in Rome, Italy. If you’re a frequent visitor on ShegoWandering, you know my opinion about Rome already. Please excuse me, but I’m going to say it again… For me, the capital of Italy is the most beautiful, most amazing, most fascinating capital city in the world! You can find many articles on the website about Rome! You’ll also have a few of them linked at the bottom of this article. If you want to discover more about the Eternal City, you just arrived at the right place!

One of the many reasons why I love the Italian capital city so much is because you can find everything in one place. Even better that you’ll always have plenty of options to choose from!

Each park has its own uniqueness, its own enchant and depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll always find one for your intentions.

#1 Villa Borghese

I found this one the prettiest park of all that I’ve seen in Rome! Villa Borghese is the 3rd largest park in the Italian capital. A landscape garden, on the hill near Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo.

It was used by Scipione Borghese as his villa suburbana, a party villa at the edge of the city. It’s now featuring beautiful pieces of art and architecture alongside the trees, plants, lakes and the Galleria Borghese museum.

#2 Orange parks on the Aventino hill

One of my favorite parks in Rome, for those times when I just want to sit on the edge of the wall and admire the city. It’s where I turn off my mind, let all the things that are frustrating me go away. I love to just breathe in the positive energy while falling in love with Rome over and over again.

The orange parks can be found on the Aventin Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. The Aventin Hill is right near the Palatin Hill and the Circus Maximus. If your walking tour takes you there, add another hour or so and walk up to the hill, and look for these beautiful orange parks!

A very important request here: don’t turn this place your hang-out place!!! If you just want to see it, take your shots and leave. Most of the people come here to relax in quiet, and recharge. If you want to spend some time here, then be quiet and respect others! This place is not for listening to loud music, laughing around or running around with kids. This place is not supposed to be used as a fun, time-off place! If you’re looking for that, there are great other spots to go to! These parks are for those who are seeking peace, quiet and positivity while sitting under orange trees and admiring a 2000 years old masterpiece.

#3 Via Appia Antica

The Via Appia Antica was one of the oldest and most important main roads from the time of the Roman Empire. It was built and used for transporting military supplies to the South, as the Via Appia connected Rome with Brindisi, which at the time was a major port in the Mediterranea, on the Adriatic sea.

Just because at this moment I’m watching the Spartacus tv-show I’ll also include here a historical event of this road.

The crucifixion of Spartacus’ army. For those who didn’t hear/learn the story: Spartacus was a roman gladiator in Capua (he wasn’t roman himself). He managed to break free and build an army of liberated slaves so big that they managed to defeat quite a few armies of the Roman Empire. After two years of battle, he led his army in Apulia/Calabria where they got trapped. The Romans brought back from abroad their forces, and with the leading of Marcus Licinius Crassus, they defeated Spartacus.

Crassus’ and Pompey’s armies captured thousands and thousands of rebels on the field. Between Rome and Capua, on a distance of 200km on the Via Appia, a number of 6000 slaves were crucified. The tv-show is really great, worth watching it! Thanks to the historical base of the storyline, you can learn a lot about the Roman Empire, it’s culture and life.

These days you can visit many catacombs and mausoleums along the Via Appia Antica, there are bike tours, self-guided walking tours, and guided tours available in the area. Locals usually come out this way for outdoor activities, sports, and picnic.

#4 Parks in the Vatican City

The Vatican itself is something that everyone has to see on his own. I did not include many details (with purpose), as I believe the Vatican City is something each of you when Rome, should visit. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, this doesn’t have to be about religion. It has to be about culture, about art, about HISTORY, about a leading institution over the centuries. This makes it so special and unique and a MUST VISIT.

In Vatican City, you can find many exhibitions, beautiful architecture, pieces of art and amazing parks! It took us about 4 hours to get around, and we still missed to see the Borgia Apartment… There was so much to see, and so much to walk, that those pretty parks were kind of lifesavers for us. Each one had something unique, something to keep staring at while relaxing our toes. For the Vatican Museums, you’ll need to buy tickets. I highly recommend doing that in advance from their website to skip the queue.

#5 Gianicolo

It’s not really a park, but it’s a place that has to be seen, and for great views, while sitting on a bench, it’s really worth visiting. Why I love Gianicolo? Well first, it’s quiet, very quiet. You can find on the way Rome’s second-largest fountain, the Fontana dell’Aqua Paola. This fountain is older than the famous Trevi Fountain too. On the top, there’s an enormous statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general who contributed to the unification and creation of the Kingdom of Italy.

The view above Rome and the Apennine mountains in the background, on a sunny day, is just breathtaking!

There are so many more parks in Rome that I haven’t included here, and all I can say for now is that I’ll be slowly updating this article with more of those that are worth visiting. As you can see, not even 9 visits were enough to discover it all!

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Hi! I'm Helga Dosa, from the ShegoWandering Travel Blog. I’m a writer, photographer and online entrepreneur based in England. As a professional, I’m a Historian, who turned her passion to explore, and the knowledge gained about the past into articles about the present. I have a great love for the sun, and warm, colourful places, and my main focus is on Italy and Spain.

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