Villa Borghese

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Villa Borghese

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Located just a short walk north of the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese is every bit as green and pleasant as the rest of the city center is crowded, however beautiful it might be. You can enjoy a slightly slower pace of life here, wandering through close to two-hundred acres of plush gardens, fountains, and artificial lakes, and passing temples, statues, and busts along the way. Life doesn't slow to a standstill here, of course: you're still in central Rome and Villa Borghese is a popular spot on the tourist trail. But staying close to the grounds and gardens does give you somewhere to relax and charge or recharge your batteries. There is more to Rome's third largest – but undoubtedly grandest – public park than its perfectly manicured lawns and trees, however. Some of the city's best museums and art galleries can be found here, including the Galleria Borghese. This boasts one of the finest private art collections in the world, with entire rooms dedicated to the likes of Bernini and Caravaggio. The collection at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna celebrates nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian art, or you can head to the southernmost point of Villa Borghese to explore Villa Medici, a renaissance palace with its own impressive gardens.

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