In the main part of Villa Borghese park you can rent bikes, electric scooters, eco-cars or row boats. There is a lake with a temple dedicated to Esculapio. You can dine with a spectacular view over Rome in the elegant Casina Valadier near Pincio, or grab a coffee and something light at La Casina dell’Orologio cafe, bar and restaurant, which has been serving up panini and sweets in Viale dei Bambini since 1922.
Piazzale Napoleone I and Viale dell’Obelisco
These gardens are a perfect sanctuary if all that walking around in the June heat has tired you out. The paths are lined with marble busts of Italian greats. From the balustraded Pincio terrace you can enjoy one of the best views out over Rome looking directly down onto Piazza del Popolo. This is a great starting point to enter the gardens and there are always kiosks right near this terrace selling drinks and refreshments if the short but steep path up from Piazza del Popolo leaves you a bit breathless.
Casa del Cinema
Piazzale del Brasile
Here there is a cafe, bookshop, occasional screenings of foreign films in their original version, exhibitions and 24 computers on which you can view films from their extensive catalogue. See www.casadelcinema.it.
Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico, 1
This zoo has been carefully remodelled under eco-friendly guidelines with special attention to the treatment of the animals. There is a train, the Reptilarium, a farm for children to feed the animals and rickshaw hire for a tour of the park. See www.bioparco.it.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art)
Via delle Belle Arti, 131
Although this grand gallery doesn’t look very modern, inside you can view some of Italy’s best 19th- and 20th-century works of art. Read more www.romeing.it/time-is-out-oj-joint-galleria-nazionale-roma/.
Silvani Toti Globe Theatre, Largo Aqua Felix on the Viale Pietro Canonica
This theater replicates the London original, built entirely of wood, seating 1,250 with standing room for 420. Performances are from July to September, usually in Italian. It is located between the Biopark and the Carlo Bilotti museum. See www.globetheatreroma.com.
Piazza Scipione Borghese 5, off Via Pinciana
This enchanting villa, built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1615, houses an incredible collection of 17th- and 18th-century art. It is worth seeing just for the magnificent interior design, frescoed ceilings and Roman extravagance. However, the art, including works by Italian greats such as Casanova, Caravaggio and Bernini, is equally as breathtaking as the setting.
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Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
Piazzale Villa Giulia 9
This museum was built in 1551 for Pope Julius III and is home to the greatest collection of Etruscan art and artifacts in the world.
Porta Pinciana (Pincian Gate)
Piazzale Basile, junction Via Veneto and Corso d’Italia
This gate or passageway was built under the emperor Honorius in the early 5th century and is an outstanding example of preserved architecture from the Middle Ages.
Museo Pietro Canonica
Via Pietro Canonica 2 (piazza di Siena)
The Museo Pietro Canonica, hidden in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, is an important example of the museological model of museums based on artist’s houses, and in its integrity is one of very few examples in Italy. See http://en.museocanonica.it.
Main entrances at Porta Pinciana, Piazzale Flaminio (Piazza del Popolo), Viale delle Belle Arti, Via Raimondi and Via Mercadante
Everyday from sunrise to sunset
How to get there
Metro Flaminio / Spagna