I can’t remember how many times I’ve strolled around Villa Borghese, but I do remember how much I like it.
Open-air masterpiece, this Roman garden is the embodiment of peace, relax and artwork in the hectic heart of the Italian capital. As soon as you step over the gates of the park, even the outside traffic seems to be less noisy, and birdsongs more insistent.
Dotted with statues of patriots, poets and historical characters such as Giuseppe Garibaldi and Goethe, and of nymphs and minor gods almost dancing around and chasing each other, Villa Borghese is the quintessence of Roman gardening art. Not only can you relax, walk your dog, run or read, but even just go for simple sightseeing.
Being this the biggest park in Rome, could it lack in art, sculptures and architectural masterpieces? Marble statues, gushing fountains, fancy benches, museums, events and spectacular views are the ingredients of a day out at Villa Borghese. And when you’ve had enough, just get down the stairs and you’ll find yourself in trendy Piazza del Popolo or in glorious Trinità dei Monti.
I went determined to explore the green of its grass and the white of its marbles benches, experience the peace of its atmosphere and I unexpectedly, which is what I most appreciate (as you might have noticed), met a childhood friend of mine who lives in Sardinia where I never get to see him. Because in Villa Borghese it happens this too, you get to meet the neighbors you never get to see at home totally haphazardly.
Here are some of the shots I took, I hope you enjoy the stroll.