Villa BorgheseThe park of Villa Borghese, one of the largest in Rome, it is bordered by nine inputs that allow access from the central districts of the city, Pinciano, Flaminio and Salary. The villa’s name comes from the first residence of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the “Casino Nobile,” had built at the beginning of the seventeenth century and designed by Flaminio Ponzio and John Vasanzio and turned into a museum in the twentieth century, one of the most prestigious collections of works ‘art from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, with masterpieces by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova.
Villa Borghese is home to many historic buildings contemporaries, such as the Casino Graziano, Casino Giustiniani, the Aviary and the Meridian with the wonderful secret gardens, restored according to the original set-seventeenth century; hosts numerous nineteenth-century neoclassical buildings such as the Casino and the Clock, the Fortezzuola, the large Lake Garden, redesigned and built in 1786 by Antonio Asprucci, characterized by a romantic artificial island, dominated by the Temple of Aesculapius, reached by a short boat trips. The Villa is equipped with facilities for leisure, play, and cultural diffusion: the Parsonage Museum, home-studio artist Pietro Canonica, the Casino of Raphael with a playroom for children, the Casina delle Rose with the House of Cinema, the eclectic zoo recently converted into Bio-park, the Orangery transformed into the new Museo Carlo Bilotti with works of contemporary art. Close to Piazza di Siena, was set up a large circular pavilion theater, the Globe Theater, modeled on Elizabethan theaters, associated with the programming of Shakespeare.
The Villa Borghese Park occupies a large area in the heart of the city, between the section of the Aurelian Walls that connects Porta Pinciana Piazzale Flaminio, and the new districts Salary & Pinciano arose in the early twentieth century. And ‘one of the Roman villas of the richest artistic and landscape. Inside racchide buildings, sculptures, monuments and fountains, works of famous artists from the baroque, neoclassical, eclectic, surrounded by ancient trees, ponds, formal gardens and large open spaces.
For its incredible concentration of museums and cultural institutions, the villa is called “Museum Park”. Described in the city guides of all ages, portrayed by famous artists, famous inspirational music and intense pages of literature, Villa Borghese reveals even today, in the unexpected glimpses of its park, the splendor of the past.