One of the three largest parks in Rome, with nine entrances, today occupying an area of over 80 hectares, extending from the district of Pinciano right into the cityâs historic centre.
The Villa Borghese was greatly expanded by various generations of the Borghese family, which owned the Villa from 1530 to 1901, when they sold it to the Italian State. In 1903, the property was transferred to the City of Rome and renamed it Villa Comunale Umberto I. However, the Romans still refer to it as Villa Borghese.
As you wander along the beautiful tree-lined avenues, you can admire the well cared for Italian gardens, dotted with small lakes and magnificent baroque and neo-classical sculptures, monuments and fountains. Itâs worth mentioning that the villaâs grounds house many historic buildings, including the Casino Giustiniani, the Casino del Graziano, the Aviary, the Sundial, the Casino dellâOrologio and the Fortezzuola.
The Borghese Gallery is also inside the park. It is well worth a visit to admire the rich collections of sculptures, reliefs and ancient mosaics, as well as stunning paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th century. The collection, formed initially by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th century, contains masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio and Caravaggio, as well as remarkable sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova.
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