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The Villa Borghese, Rome


The Villa Borghese is a breath of fresh air for those seeking to escape the buzz of the urban metropolis of Rome. With tranquil fountains, romantic walkways, and breathtaking views, the garden is the perfect place to while away a quiet afternoon or to watch the sun go down in the evening. The Secret Garden contains a an enchanting lake where you can hire a boat, and is a charismatic setting for enjoying a picnic with friends.

For the more active visitor, the Villa Borghese offers a plethora of things to do such as going to the theatre, skating on the ice rink in winter, or visiting a gallery. Often named ‘the park of Museums,’ the Villa is home to many of Rome’s most important works of art. The Museo e Galleria Borghese reflects Scipione Borghese’s avid interest in the controversial Caravaggio, and contains works by other masters such as Canova and Bernini. The energy, movement, and fleshy splendour in sculptures such as ‘Pluto and Proserpina’ and ‘Apollo and Daphne’ will leave you absolutely astounded and wanting to return for more.

The elegant villa reflects the lavish tastes of the Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who created the building with the purpose of showing off his ever-growing collection of paintings and antiquities. His method of using extortion, debt-collectin, and the appropriation of church funds in order to obtain the works has been largely criticised, however the results are among the most impressive in the world.The Villa Borghese is a must-see when visiting Rome, however its popularity means that there are often queues. It is imperative to book!

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Gianicolo – Rome’s highest hill


It is widely known, that Rome was founded by Romolus and Remus on seven hills. But these famous seven, as for example the Palatine, Capitoline or Quirinal Hill, are not the only ones, not even the highest. The highest hill of the city is Gianicolo (82 m). It is located between Trastevere and the Vatican City on the right banks of the Tiber.

Gianicolo Hill Roma

On top of the hill you will find Piazza Garibaldi, with a massive statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi. In 1849 he and his soliders were fighting against the French troops in order to achieve a unification of Italy. To remember that bloody fights you need to get your earplugs ready. Each day at 12:00 a canon gets fired.

To get there you just need to climb up a couple of steps from Trastevere. Wander trough a lovely park area. Along the way you will learn a bit about the history of Italy, as it is lined by sculputures of famous Italians, helping to unify the country. You will also pass by a beautiful fountain, which is almost as nice as the Fontana di Trevi…whith way less tourists. I am pretty sure you will be really stunned by the gorgeuos panoramic view over Rome – the Eternal City. The peace and quiet on that hill is definetly a good escape from the hectical, noisy big city life.

You also get to see an amazing sunset up there. So just grab a friend or lover, a bottle of wine and some grissini and enjoy the breathtaking romantic atmosphere.

Place to stay : M&J Place Hostel Rome