Discovering Rome: Villa Ada

Spring has just kicked off and Rome is full of colours and flowers. Parks are more and more crowded, because it is the easiest way to enjoy the sun, the colder air and the good season. If you want to meet locals and spend a day in a beautiful park as they usually do, you definitely have to go to Villa Ada.

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Villa Ada is a wide park measuring 182 hectares in the Parioli neighborhood and it’s the second larger in the city after Villa Doria Pamphilj. It was the home of the king vittorio Emanuele II during the first half of the century; now it houses the Egyptian Embassy in a private area. Romans love to spend some time in this park because it is the wildest one in the city. It is perfect for athletes, for couples, families and music lovers: the “Incontra il Mondo” festival plays here every Summer.

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There is also a really nice lake with fish and turtles; you can even rent canoe and bikes or ride horses. Moreover, the park’s “Monte Antenne”, with an altitude of 67 metres, gives a beautful view and the access to an ancient archaeological site.

“Incontra il Mondo” Festival. Photo credit: @vedronza-Instagram

Villa Ada is the right place if you want to relax, have a walk or eat something surrounded by nature and peace. If you want to enjoy the real Roman life, you just can’t miss this natural oasis of the Eternal city.

 

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!

Discovering Rome: Villa Torlonia

A gorgeous villa which hosts wonderful buildings surronded by English-style gardens. A nice and peaceful place where you can find culture, history and relax: Villa Torlonia is one of the most famous (and beautiful!) parks in Rome, not so far from Piazza Bologna.

Villa Torlonia 1

The name of the Villa comes from Giovanni Torlonia, who purchased it from the Colonna Family. He asked the famous architect and designer Giuseppe Valadier to expand it at the beginning of the 19th Century. Year after year, the Torlonia family embellished the Villa and its buildings. It was given as a residence to Mussolini and then abandoned for a while after 1945, until the restoration works allowed it to be opened to the public.

Now there are a theatre, a techno-scientific play-center and two museums: Casino Nobile, which is the main building of Villa Torlonia, and Casina delle Civette. Casino dei Principi, a few steps away from Casino Nobile, is open during temporary exhibitions.

Casino nobile

Casino Nobile

Casino Nobile has two exhibit floors and a basement with a shelter and a bunker, created by Mussolini, which can be visited if reservations are made in advance.

casina civette

Casina delle Civette

Casina delle Civette has marvellous staineed glass windows: its name- “The House of the Owls”- comes from the use of owls as a decorative theme. It is definetely worth a visit: it is really nice and unique.

Not only culture, but also fun and outdoor activities. You can take a walk, read a book or have a coffee a the Limonaia, the restaurant- coffee Shop which is inside the park.

Don’t forget to add Villa Torlonia to your “to-do” list continue dreaming in Rome.