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Orange Garden


opportunities, that Rome offers to its visitors, relaxing walking or resting in contact with nature are many and all contain surprises and unique stories. City, gardens and parks represent an enormous wealth that the city has a dowry, where you can discover views and engaging atmospheres. Below we offer some tips, to get in touch with the Rome of noble estates and the green peaceful soul.

Villa Torlonia

The newest of the noble Roman villas, rich in many artistically designed buildings all over the park, He can give suggestions and surprises thanks to style garden, one of the few examples of the city of Rome. Commissioned by Giovanni Torlonia, to bear witness to the prestige reached by the family, the early 1800 He instructed Giuseppe Valadier for the sealing arrangement of the then Villa Colonna, on Nomentana. In subsequent years, from Alessandro Torlonia son of John were required others to alterations of certain facilities and new construction.

The main building is the Casino Nobile, family residence Torlonia. In the center of the symmetrical avenues, that characterize this area of ​​the park, gives Valadier It has also been the subject of subsequent interventions by Caretti. who, between the majestic Ballroom and the Egyptian Room the upper floor, there is a unique example of the artistic culture of the time. Home to the Museum of the Villa you can admire, among the various works, The sculptures found in various places in the Villa of the stucco reliefs Antonio Canova. In the basement are located, restored, the gas bunkers and anti-aircraft desired by Mussolini, When he staying in Villa, while the ground floor there is a documentary section that illustrates the history of the Villa through films. Office of the important Museum of the Roman School where works are exhibited, among others, di Can, Donghi, Trombadori and Antonia Raphael.

In Casino dei Principi, which houses the Archive of the Roman School, and a temporary exhibition.

Unusual yet charming construction The hoot owls, houses an interesting museum dedicated to stained glass. Nowhere can you find a collection of windows so vast and comprehensive. The charm of this building is exalted from the area where it is placed; where him company other buildings and scattered furniture, among winding paths, ponds, fantastic style.

Info, Schedule Via Nomentana, 70 h 7-19, from 1 April to 30 September h 7-20.30

Tel. 060606, Email


The Municipal Rose Garden


A few minutes walk from Circus Maximus, on the slopes of 'Aventino, It is one of the most poetic sites of Rome. The Roseto Comunale is a wonderful place that can envelop the visitor in a whirl of colors and scents that wonder and witch. The history of this striking space tells of rituals and festivals dedicated to the goddess Flora describes how Tacit in Annals, in which he speaks of a temple dedicated to the goddess from which sailed out “floralia” that took place in Circus Maximus. Until the sixteenth century were present orchards and vineyards, then becoming, in 1645 the Garden of the Hebrews, where a space was reserved to the community cemetery.

With the shift of the Jewish cemetery at Verano occurred in 1934, the area remained fallow until the 1950 when the Countess Mary Gailey Senni, nature lover and expert in botany, promoted the realization of the Roseto Comunale. Maybe it's time men lived in this area since ancient times, or perhaps it is the care of the earth with which different generations have alternated or, probably, are both to give the Roseto an extraordinary atmosphere, almost magical that transcends, sometimes, the beauty and exceptional floral contained. Because the Municipal Rose Garden is very rich and has a magnificent collection of specimens.

There are around 1.100 rose species from around the world, among them special is the Pink with green petals, the Chinensis Virdiflora, and the curious Chinese Jenny, that as the days passed changes its color. A very large collection is dedicated to ancient and modern botanical roses, while another area is dedicated to the preservation of the roses that have seen the Premio Roma, the prestigious event which since 1933 takes place, every year, at Roseto.

Info, Schedule Via di Valle Murcia, 6, Slope the Publicii, 3. Opening with flowering (May to October) h 8.30-18

Tel. +39 06 5746810, Email

The Orange Garden

Very close to the Roseto Comunale There is a romantic and must-see, including the identification of the "Great Beauty" evoked every time you say the word Roma: The Orange Garden. This great window overlooking the Eternal City, penetrating with his entranced by Tiber, dall’Altar the Fatherland, dall’Isola Tiberina, dai Temples of the Forum Boario until the Gianicolo surpassing breast Dome of St. Peter, It is located on Aventine hill. The Garden Savelli Park It has an extension of almost 8000 sq.m., former fortress, wanted by the Savelli family, It was built between 1285 and the 1287 at the Church of Santa Sabina on the Aventine. In 1932 the ingenious architect Raffaele de Vico, valorized space within the ancient walls creating a beautiful garden landscape by perfectly symmetrical structure, with a wide avenue that bisects the park. In the enclosure wall on the opposite side of the apse Santa Sabina you can still see traces of the drawbridge and towers of the castle. The planted orange trees gave the name to the garden also in honor of San Domenico, who preached here right next to an orange tree, now kept in close Cloister of Santa Sabina and visible from a hole in the wall of the porch of the church. Curiously, The church has no façade since it is incorporated into the structure of the monastery, and in any case be visited by accessing from a side entrance. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere as you enter the garden is a panacea, to take a regenerating break and prepare yourself for an exciting stroll admiring the extraordinary belvedere.

After visiting the garden is worth dwelling on the nearby Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, designed by the famous engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1765, in which is located La Villa dei Cavalieri from which the lock of the door can be seen a special view of the Dome of St. Peter nestled in the gardens hedges like a fairy cameo.

Info, Schedule Piazza Pietro d'Illyria From October to February h 7-18, from April to August h 7-21, March and September h 7-20. Tel. 06 67105457 – 71253