See The Special Villa Hidden In Borghese Gardens

By: Leonkammer
It is a characteristic of a lively metropolitan city like Rome to have an active and energetic outdoor life. So when you are a tourist in Rome, the fast paced city lifestyle is thrilling to be a part of. But before long the time will come when you will want the peace and quiet of the country. And there is no better place to find that tranquillity than in Villa Borghese.

While at only 148 acres, the Villa Borghese is not the largest facility of its kind, it has a lot to offer including museums, aviaries and a lovely artificial lake. The origin of the facility dates to the 16th century when Cardinal Borghese created the park using geometric landscaping to capture some of the feel he had experienced at Versailles. In fact, the basic design of the villa was based on a sketch by the Cardinal that the developers used to create the park.

An artificial lake, which contains a small Ionic temple was added towards the end of the 18th Century.

Cardinal Borghese's love of birds is reflected in his aviaries at the site where he could keep and enjoy exotic peacocks, ostriches and other lovely species on the grounds where gazelles used to graze.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Villa Borghese was donated to Rome as a public space and by that time it had been developed significantly to include a number of temples, fountains and other outdoor artwork. In fact, you will find the original Tritons who labor in the Fountain of the Moor that you see in the city. The Tritons you find at the more famous location are recreations of these statues.

This delightful 100 year old park offers delights and new things to discover whenever you are there. It is not uncommon at the appropriate time of year to find Siena Square in the park hosting horse jumping competitions that you can enjoy. There is a tranquil botanical garden for you to linger in and it is common to find outdoor concerts being performed at the Piazza di Siena Amphitheater. And not far from the botanical garden you can find a stunning Baroque arch that dates to the 18th century entitled the 'Arco di Settimio Severo'.

If you feel hunger pangs come upon you, not to worry because there is a small bar in the middle of the park that offers a delightful and authentic Italian pasta dish or where you can be refreshed by a Campari. It is a short stroll from that bar to find some of the exhibitions that were on display at the 1911 World Exposition here for you to explore.

Without fail though, most tourists are drawn to the many museums that have become popular on the grounds of Villa Borghese.

An outstanding example is The Museo e Galleria Borghese which has a number of wonderful Bernini sculptures who is the artist who had so much influence in creating many of the famous fountains in the city. Here you can view some of Bernini's indoor work including Abduction of Proserpina by Pluto. But this gallery also has a good assortment of works from many great Renaissance masters including Raphael and Titian.

Another notable museum got it name because the building was originally the summer home for Pope Julius II in the year of 1553. So in the Villa Giulia you can find a museum named Museo Nazionale Etrusco - so named because the museum is primary devoted to showing Etruscan works that have been brought from excavations from the hills not far from Rome.

To gain entrance to the Villa Borghese, simply travel to the north end of the Spanish Steps. The actual entrances can be found above the Piazza del Poppolo and the Porta Pinciana but near the end of the Via Veneto. The Villa Borghese is an ideal spot to save for that time in your trip when you need a place of quiet to enjoy some peace and respite from a very active day in the city. But be sure you allocate several hours when you are there to see and experience all that the Villa has to offer.
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