It is not a villa, not even close. It is one of the largest parks in Rome. Every year it draws a vast number of tourists for various reasons: a pleasant walk in the park, a chance to enjoy a romantic boat ride on a small artificial lake in the park or to visit some of the beautiful galleries and museums located in the park.
From the 16th century onwards this area belonged to Borghese family and therefore the name. Borghese family was a very influential family in Rome for centuries, including many Cardinals and even a Pope (Paolo V). Over time, the area was expanded with the aim to create the largest park in Rome since ancient times. Many architects were engaged in the project which was finally realized in 1633.
The whole area was acquired by the State in 1901 and shortly afterwards was opened to public.
Villa Borghese is one of the most visited touristic attractions in the city. There are numerous museums and galleries in the area and even Rome’s Zoo is located in this park.
What to visit while in Villa Borghese:
Museum Carlo Bilotti
Museum Pietro Canonica
National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM)
Rome’s Zoo- Bioparco
Ticket price for Villa Borghese
The entrance to the park is FREE of charge; for additional information on prices of tickets to galleries mentioned look under museums.