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“Grubby and Broken”
Review of Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese
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Small Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini Caravaggio and Raphael
Ranked #32 of 1,498 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Famous villa constructed at the beginning of the 17th century for Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, which is surrounded by one of the largest and most beautiful public parks in Rome.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Grubby and Broken”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Was really disappointed with the Borghese gardens. The tube dropped us off at the side of a dual carriage way with one tiny dodgy sign. We and a few other couples walked along the side of the road until we came to what looked like an entrance with a coffee area. It looked dry, sparse covered in litter and unattended (more like being in a third world country not what I expected from Italy). Walking through there were no signs as we walked across what looked like an open field, as we got the other side it popped us out on another road side through a gap in the hedge. Honestly the signage around this place was terrible, we were so grateful for our multiple maps that gave us some clue as to where we were. Once we had orientated ourselves we were just disappointed by the broken statues, half buried empty water features and the upended rubbish bins. The only nice thing was the small boating lake, which had a monument and lots of turtles. We were so surprised that it was kept in such disrepair and that people seemed to have picnics then leave all their rubbish on the ground. As a tourist location I thought it let itself down and thought you'd think locals and visitors would take more care of what could have been a nice outdoor space. Other than to stretch your legs, I really wouldn't bother.

Visited July 2014
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“The best place in Rome to bring kids bored with sightseeing”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

We had spent 5 days in Rome and had read about the Villa Borghese, and on our last full day, we decided to give it a try. Visited the Piazza del Popolo, then took the steps up to the Villa, and were immediately impressed by the scenic, peaceful beauty of the park. You can just hang out in the park and relax, or you can take advantage of the myriad activities available to everyone.

We rented Segways (15€/hr a great deal!), rented the 2 person electric power assist carriage/bicycles, and then rented the 5 person one. The park is enormous, tons of trails and paths to explore, enough of the ubiquitous Rome fountains to quench your first, and even areas to explore with almost complete privacy, like the park area at the top of the hill through the gate. The park is relatively hilly, but the pedal assist feature of the bike kicks in one you start pedaling, and it propels you up any hill with very little pedaling effort needed.

Obviously, the Segways do all the work for you up and down the hills. We had never ridden Segways, and never really thought we would ever have a chance to, but after a one minute training session, we were up and running.

There is a playground area for the toddlers, regular bikes for rent, some dune buggy looking bicycles, a tiny go-kart course for toddlers, miniature horses for rides, even carnival and video games.

You can spend zero € and just enjoy the scenery in the park, or you can spend 100€ and rent stuff all day long. It really is a gem of a place for kids, and they will remember it forever.

Visited August 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Wonderful place to breathe”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

However if you are alone, be careful. Don't move away from crowd. My sister and I saw a pervert and he was disturbing women by touching his genital area.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“The best thing we did in Rome”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

I'm embarassed to say it, but our highlight of Rome wasn't the beautiful sights of the Colosseum or the Vatican but whizzing around the Villa Borghese on an electric four-wheeled bike. Ascol bike were fanastic, to find them, get off the metro at Spagna and follow sign posts to the Villa Borghese (the actual villa), then when you get there follow the hill to the left towards the zoo. There is also a stunning panoramic view over the rooftops of Rome. 15 euros for 2 people for an hour which is more than enough, so much fun and a break from the exhausting walking.

Visited August 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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“Relax in Rome!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

A place to breathe, relax, sit down and just take in the beautiful scenery. After three full days in and out of ancient buildings, guided tours and way to many impressions to mentally digest, we took the afternoon subway to Spanga and simply just walked throughout the park. Brought a couple of beers and sat there watching the beautiful sunset behind the romans who played football and walked their dogs. Beautiful scenery, birds, animals, bicycles (wish i rented one!) and segways to rent. My top three things to do in Rome! (Did not attend the zoo, and do not regret!)

Visited August 2014
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