Picnic in Villa Borghese
Rome is home to some of the most magnificent ruins in the world. And although the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon (to name a few) cannot be missed, sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the center and enjoy the giant trees and calming energy of Villa Borghese. Spanning 148 acres, the gardens were originally created to house the Villa Borghese, which was built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V and patron of Bernini, as a villa suburbana, or a party villa, at the edge of Rome. Now, the gardens are open to the pulic and include beautiful fountains, an art museum, (Galleria Borghese,housed in Villa Borghese itself), a number of buildings, small lake, and a number of gelato and drink carts. It’s the perfect place to escape the concrete and bring a picnic on a hot day. Consider a bench next to Giardino del Lago (the small lake) or in the grassy area in front of the Galleria Borghese, followed by an afternoon visit to the museum.
Check out the replica of the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which was built in 2003 for outdoor events and concerts.
Info on Galleria Borghese here.