Trees, fresh air, wide spaces. The Villa Doria Pamphilj is a seventeenth-century villa with the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is next to the Gianicolo and it is a perfect place to have a walk if you need to relax or spend some time worry-free. As other urban parks, it comes from the country estate of a noble Roman family.
The Villa is divided into three parts: the ‘pars urbana’, including buildings and gardens; the ‘pars fructuaria’, which is the pine wood and the ‘pars rustica’, with the farm.
Many Romans go jogging or for a long bike ride there. It’s so peaceful that it’s even possible to read a book or sunbathe during the Summer surrounded by nature (and very close to the heart of the Eternal City).
The Villa Doria Pamphilj hosts a library, a nice restaurant (ViviBistrot), a chapel (which is private) and the Casino del Bel Respiro, now used as the seat of a Ministry. You can also see some ancient acqueducts. The widespread villa grounds are divided by a road, built for the Olympic Games of 1960 as part of the “Via Olimpica”.
Don’t miss this gorgeous place if you want to ‘breathe’ and escape from the city a little bit. Our advice? Wear a pair of comfortable shoes!