Discovering Rome: Villa Doria Pamphilj

Trees, fresh air, wide spaces. The Villa Doria Pamphilj is a seventeenth-century villa with the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is next to the Gianicolo and it is a perfect place to have a walk if you need to relax or spend some time worry-free. As other urban parks, it comes from the country estate of a noble Roman family.

Villa doria Pamphilj 1

The Villa is divided into three parts: the ‘pars urbana’, including buildings and gardens; the ‘pars fructuaria’, which is the pine wood and the ‘pars rustica’, with the farm.

Many Romans go jogging or for a long bike ride there. It’s so peaceful that it’s even possible to read a book or sunbathe during the Summer surrounded by nature (and very close to the heart of the Eternal City).

Villa Doria Pamphilj 2 The Villa Doria Pamphilj hosts a library, a nice restaurant (ViviBistrot), a chapel (which is private) and the Casino del Bel Respiro, now used as the seat of a Ministry. You can also see some ancient acqueducts. The widespread villa grounds are divided by a road, built for the Olympic Games of 1960 as part of the “Via Olimpica”.

Villa Doria Pamphilj

Don’t miss this gorgeous place if you want to ‘breathe’ and escape from the city a little bit. Our advice? Wear a pair of comfortable shoes!