Villa Borghese

Central Rome's largest open space is filled with playful fountains, sculptured gardens, and picturesque forests of shady pine trees. But that's not the park’s only purpose, for on the perimeter lie three of Rome's most important museums: the Galleria Borghese, for the very best of ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque art; the Villa Giulia, for the world's ultimate collection of Etruscan remains; and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, with its collection of 19th and 20th century art (Italian and other). For theatergoers, there are summer performances of Shakespeare (in Italian) in a replica of London's Globe Theatre. All in all, there's enough here to satisfy the most avid culture vulture. For a look at some real vultures and an excellent day out with the children, head for the new Bioparco, Rome's zoo.

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Caffè delle Arti

Attached to the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, inside the Villa Borghese, this elegant caffè with a pretty terrace is a favorite…

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Porta Pinciana

Framed by two squat, circular towers, this gate was constructed at the beginning of the 5th century during a renovation…

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Villa Borghese

Rome's Central Park, the Villa Borghese was originally laid out as a pleasure garden in the early 17th century by…

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