The beautiful Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome (80 hectares or 197.7 acres) after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. The gardens were developed for the Villa Borgese Pinciana built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection. The gardens as they are now were remade in the early nineteenth century. This Villa is found near Piazza del Popolo, Via Del Corso.
Points of interest:
- The villa’s gardens feature in one of Respighi’s Pini di Roma.
- The garden contains a replica of the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre built in 2003.
- Beside the 1911 Exposition’s villas, there is the Exposition’s Zoo, recently redesigned, with minimal caging, as the Bioparco and the Zoological museum.
- The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna located in its grounds has a collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings emphasizing Italian artists.
- The Villa Giulia adjoining the Villa Borghese gardens was built in 1551 – 1555 as a summer residence for Pope Julius III; now it contains the Etruscan Museum.