This is it. This is the two weeks of year when the weather is absolutely perfect and the air is full of possibility.
Spring in Rome.
Everything in Rome has turned green again, and while the pollen is wrecking havoc on allergies, the blooms are glorious.
And one of the most glorious places to be is Rome’s rose garden – the Roseto Comunale.
The Roseto was once Rome’s Jewish cemetery, but when the cemetery was moved in the 20th century, the space overlooking Circo Massimo was transformed into a municipal garden that is open to the public from April 21st (Rome’s birthday) through mid-June.
The garden contains over 1,100 varieties of roses, and is a great vantage point to take in the Palatine hill.
Remembering the site’s heritage, all of the pathways are organized into the shape of a menorah.
With free entry, it is the perfect place to wander or rest up for a few minutes on a bench. To escape the city, in the middle of the chaos, and to savor spring in Rome.
Especially at sunset.
Adding to the sweetness, the garden is just a few minutes walk away from the key hole, and is an easy jumping off point for exploring the rest of Aventino hill.