Don’t feel like sightseeing? Done with the crowds of the Roman city centre? The Italian capital counts dozens of city parks. Perfect for a picnic, reading a book, or worshipping the sun. Total cost: €0, as parks and hills are free of entry. What are the favourite spots of our CheapTo bloggers?
Aventine Hill provides a spectacular view over Rome. It’s the most southern of The Seven Hills of Rome and you can see, for example, the impressive St. Peter Basilica. Get there early in the morning or at the end of the day, to see the sun rise or set. For instance, from the Orange Gardens, the snug and romantic garden right on the hill. The alluring Santa Sabina church stands adjacent to Aventine Hill, and on the other side the Circus Maximus. Closest metro station for Aventine Hill: Circo Massimo. From the station the hill is a short 15 minute saunter.
Perhaps the best-known, most popular park in Rome: Villa Borghese. The lush city park lies north of the centre and is easily reached by metro. Stations Flaminio and Spagna (red line A) border the former estate, which is an oasis of tranquillity compared to the tumultuous city centre. The park is not only excellent to relax in the grass and read a book, but also for jogging on one of the many well-kept pathways. What’s more, in Villa Borghese you’ll find one of Rome’s favourite museums: Museo e Galleria Borghese. Another museum in the park is Museo Nazionale Etrusco and just outside the park Galleria Nazionale ‘d Arte Moderna, which displays works from Italian and foreign artists from around 1800 on. Also, you’ll find churches, monuments and a temple (Tempietto di Diana) in the park. For children there’s the Bioparco, a zoo. Admission €12 and €15 for adults.
West of the Tiber lies the Gianicolo hill, south of Vatican City. The gorgeous green park commands a sweeping view over Rome. Especially once you’ve reached the summit. Don’t miss out on those scenic sunsets. Bottle of wine, some snacks. It doesn’t get any more romantic or idyllic than this. Get to the park by bus or train. From railway station Roma S.Pietro the hill’s a 15 minute walk. So worth it.