Walking in Villa Borghese

I am back in Rome after some time away.

Thus far in 2016, I have been on a lot of planes.

Boston, South Dakota, Florida, San Francisco, Los Angeles; all with stops in San Diego in between.

Finally with a new visa in my passport, I took one last flight to Rome via London.

It is January and I am tired of planes for the time being.

All I want is to take a walk.
Villa Borghese

I usually explore the historic center of Rome, because I love turning corners and spotting the perfectly faded ombre wall topped with a blue dome.

I love these hidden corners of Rome.

But I needed to really take a walk. I needed space.

Lake in villa borghese

Villa Borghese is the perfect place to get a bit of breathing room in Rome.

Umbrella pines in Villa Borghese

On sunny winter days, it is warm enough to get comfortable and read a book.

Nonno reading

The park is perfect for long strolls.

fountains and paths

Filled with paths, a lake with row boats, and even a horse ring, Villa Borghese is one of the best green spaces in Rome.

Statues in Villa Borghese

It is dotted with sculptures that you can admire as you wander.

Statue in Roman park

Or stop for a picnic if you remember to pack lunch after a visit to Galleria Borghese.

Biking in villa borghese

Wide avenues criss cross the park, which also make it popular with bicyclist and rollerbladers on weekends.

Sunlight in Villa Borghese

I seek out the quieter spaces.

Autumn in Villa Borghese

And at the end? Well, then you have all of Rome in front of you – a beautiful view from the Pincio terrace.

How much further you go from there is up to you.

9 thoughts on “Walking in Villa Borghese

  1. yao says:

    lovely! looks like it warm is enough for sitting long hours outdoor? i’m most likely to fly in around 8 feb. less known hide-outs always enchant me more :).

    • Natalie says:

      I think so! If you find a nice sunny spot, even February should be fine. It is so central as well – there are entrances near the Spanish Steps and also Piazza del Popolo, among others. So it is a good way to escape the city for a few hours and then pop right back into the center.

  2. ALex says:

    If you have the chance to walk to the Borghese park do not miss also the important art collection in the area . Villa Borghese is very famous also for the Borghese art gallery, the National Gallery and also the important villa Medici which under reservation you can visit.

    • Natalie says:

      I still need to go to Villa Medici! Well agreed on the Galleria Borghese and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Thanks for the suggestions!

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