Secret Gardens: Rome

Photo: Theo Roland | Unsplash
Photo: Theo Roland | Unsplash

Rome, one of the most amazing cities in the world. It is all about history, but also its incredibly romantic, green, delicious, hedonistic, contradictory… and it’s full of cats.

Apart from its huge parks like Villa Borghese, Villa Doria Pamphili, Villa Ada, fabulous places that you should and most probably will visit, la grande belleza di Roma hides paradisiac secret gardens. Here are 7 mini-eden places, you can enjoy all the year round, without having to cope with hordes of tourists around!

Edited by Anne-Sophie Gracieux & illustrated by Lucy Banaji.

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1. Roseto Comunale

Only open a few weeks a year (June), it’s one of the most romantic ones and definitely the most perfumed: 1 100 types of roses, and you get the most spectacular views over the Palatine hill and Circus Maximus.

2. Terme di Diocleziano

There is a secret spot, better than Stazione Termini, to wait for your train : cross the piazza, enter in the garden (free) of the museum Terme di Diocleziano… Cypresses, wisteria, fountain, columns and statues… : a haven just a few meters from the hustle and bustle of Termini !

Photo: Terme di Diocleziano via Wikimedia | Roseto Comunale via Giornale Metropolitano.

3. Orto Botanico

This haven of peace, right in the middle of the vibrant Trastevere, should not be missed ! Never crowded, it’s the most beautiful garden in the centre of Rome, with its amazing palm trees, bamboo forest, japanese garden… and, cherry on the cake, magnificent views over the city.

Orto Botanico · Photo: Gabriella Clare Marino · Unsplash.

4. Palatine

Everyone visits the Palatine hill. But only a few find the way to San Sebastiano al Palatino: it looks like a tuscan landscape, with meadows and church, and offers an absolutely breathtaking view over the Colosseo.

5. Il Giardino di Palazzo Barberini

Tourists know Palazzo Barberini, with its masterpieces from Raphael or Caravage. But no one knows that, behind the Palazzo, the stairs drive to a beautiful Italian garden with lemon trees… whose name is « Giardino segreto » (secret garden)!

Rome by Occhieto
Photo: Occhieto via Flickr | Under Creative Commons License.


6. Villa Aldobrandini

Few meters above the busy Via Nazionale, an incredible suspended garden with all the romans essentials: palm trees, statues, orange and lemon trees, and breathtaking view over Rome. Freshly reopened after years of closing, you feel like a privileged guest in a roman private villa.

7. Casa della letteratura

The most hidden and the most mini-garden: after having crossed a library, you stumble upon a patio with orange trees… Take a book and have a sit in this cloister, at the foot of the magnificent Borromini’s Torre dell’orologio, right in the center of Rome… but without tourists !

Ready to start a replenishing journey around these lovely hidden gardens? 

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Edited by Anne-Sophie Gracieux & illustrated by Lucy Banaji.

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