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Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

April 06, 2020
Rome is more than the monuments in the city proper. Sure, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the like are all outstanding man-made marvels worth seeing time and time again. However, if you stick to those types of places, you won't see the true beauty of Rome. At times, you'll need to go where not a lot of tourists flock to in order to see what other magic this historic city offers. Such as their gardens. Yep, Rome has a lot of beautiful gardens just waiting to be explored. Here are some you should see the next time you're there!

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

 

Botanical Garden in Trastevere

Rome actually has somewhat of an official botanical garden. It's not necessarily a place where a lot of ceremonies happen, but it is a garden that Romans have a soft spot for. In the beautiful Trastevere, overlooking the magnificent Palazzo Corsini. acres and acres of lush greeneries welcome visitors. You can stroll there for hours, seeing the thousands of different kinds of flora that abound this magical place. There are even certain areas that are unique, such as the Japanese garden and the rose garden. Not to mention the stunning fountains that are perfect to take a selfie with. 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Giardino degli Aranci

If you want to go to the sweetest smelling garden in Rome, there's no other place to turn to than the Giardino degli Aranci. Though a lot smaller than the other massive gardens on this list, this stretch of natural wonder is beloved for their orange trees. Whichever way to turn, there will be a beautiful orange tree ready to (literally) bear fruit and give you shade. Breathe in the sumptuous fruity air and look out into the stunning view this elevated botanical haven offers. It's slightly near the Vatican, so you'll see quite the view of St. Peter's Basilica from the comforts of your orange-tree-shaded spot. 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Sacro Bosco

What's a trip to Rome without a little horror? After all, with all of what's happened in this city for the past thousands of years. you never know events took place here. But in terms of visiting the gardens. Sacro Bosco is a different flavor. More than just the miles of lush greeneries, the place is more popular for its many sculptures. Some more interesting or even scarier than the next. Marble works depicting mythical beasts and ancient Gods decorate the area, the more grotesque the better. It's why the locals refer to it as the "Parco dei Monstri," or the "Park of Monsters." 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Villa Borghese

Near the famous Spanish Steps, 17 acres of a beautiful garden can be found for those who want to take a break from the hustles and bustles of Rome's metropolitan scene. The garden, Villa Borghese, is right in the heart of the Italian capital and offers a wonderful botanical escape. With all sorts of lakes, mazes, and greeneries to explore, you'll find your fair share of serenity here even amidst one of the world's busiest cities. Not to mention the villa itself is quite the beauty! You'll feel as if you're in a period film just walking by and around it. 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Villa Celimontana

Another garden that gives major "period piece" vibes is Villa Celimontana. Perched up on Celian Hill, near both the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla, you can't help but imagine that an important aristocratic family once lived here. And imagine the fun they had walking about and seeing all the beautiful botanical bliss that they surrounded their villa with. Before, it used to house many beautiful fountains, each more beautiful than the next. Nowadays, it's a less watery park and more of a peaceful retreat. There are still some fountains and stunning sculptures here though, waiting to be shot and included in your Instagram feed. 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Villa Doria Pamphili

It's no wonder that Villa Doria Pamphili used to be the residence of royals and popes. The place is just so damn beautiful! it's your classic European aristocratic home, complete with manicured gardens, luscious forests, and a good number of sculptures and fountains. It heavily depicts the Rococo palaces in France, and it's highly possible this area was heavily influenced by that style. However, the citrus tees keep it whole-heatedly Italian. The scene from their fresh fruits lingers on as you stroll across the many hedge mazes that make up the garden. Have fun pretending to be a romance novel character here! 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Villa Lante

At times, these gardens can be confusing to walk on. With so many areas on offer, you won't know where to start, nor where you'll end up either. At least, in Villa Lante, the garden is a lot more organized than many of its other counterparts. Here, it's all about geographical neatness and symmetric paths for people to stroll on. Box hedge mazes turn up the excitement for those who want to get lost in the garden. Meanwhile, there are also a few sculptures to make the place much more beautiful. 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Rose Garden

Finally, if you're in Rome with your partner, a great romantic area to go to is the city's famous rose grade. The famous flower, classic for its role in expressing love, can be found here in all shapes, shades, and scents. And since it's perched on Aventine Hill, the fresh air and Mediterranean breezes help spread their sweet scents to the entire area. Bushes upon bushes of roses are scattered in the garden, approximately 1,100 kinds of them ready for seeing and plucking for your lover. If you thought Rome was a romantic city before, this garden will really drive it in forward! 

Botanical Bliss: Rome's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Rome is more than the man-made monuments you see on postcards. In various areas in and around the city, there are huge gardens ready to give you a good amount of botanical bliss during your trip to the Italian capital. 

 




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