Alternative Route in Rome, One Day at Villa Borghese | Hotel Gregoriana

Alternative Route in Rome, One Day at Villa Borghese

Hotel Gregoriana, thanks to its superb location in the center of Rome would like to unveil to our dear guests an exclusive and alternative route: we recommend you to spend an entire day at Villa Borghese, immersed in the wonders of the third largest park in Rome!

Morning: the Spanish Steps, the Pincio Promenade, Galleria Borghese

After indulging in the pleasure of breakfast in your room, exit Hotel Gregoriana and walk across Via Gregoriana to Trinità dei Monti, stop and enjoy one of the most popular (and sought after) view of Rome, the Spanish Steps. Head then to the entrance of Villa Borghese park along the Promenade of the Pincio, the hill on which the park extends. Stop in Viale dell’Orologio to admire the clock of the Pincio, a true example of water clock invented by Father Giovan Battista Embriaco in 1867 and exhibited at the first World Expo in Paris. After this cross the entire park, walk through Piazza di Siena (built in 1700 by the Borghese family to recall Piazza del Campo in Siena and today scene of a major international jumping horse show) and head to the Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery Museum). A visit to this wonderful museum is a must; as well as offering temporary exhibitions of the highest level, the Borghese Gallery has a fantastic permanent collection of paintings and sculptures, among them works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina , Annibale Carracci, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, Giorgione.

Lunch at GNAM and Visit to Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum

We recommend you to end your morning at the National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM), recently restored and enlarged, a real must for modern and contemporary art lovers. Here you can enjoy brunch or lunch offered in the annexed restaurant, or simply have a coffee or an aperitif in an impressive environment, between a Klimt and a Guttuso, a Van Gogh and a Cézanne, and De Nittis, Monet, Miró, Modigliani, Morandi, Vedova, Burri.
If you like archeology and ancient history, we advise you to conclude your afternoon with a visit to the nearby National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, one of the most important institutions dedicated to this ancient and mysterious civilization; in it by the way is kept and exhibited the Sarcophagus of the Spouses, perhaps the sculpture (and the image) more known to the world in association with the Etruscans.

Evening: Villa Borghese Pond and Sunset from the Pincio Terrace

Returning to the Hotel Gregoriana, before sunset, we suggest you to walk along the shores of the romantic pond of Villa Borghese and absolutely enjoy the even more romantic sunset from the Pincio Terrace, where you can watch the sun set over Piazza del Popolo, its "twin Churches" and the Flaminio obelisk, with a view over the Prati district and the Vatican.

Inside the Villa Borghese park you can also visit: the Casa del Cinema (House of the Movies), which offers all year-round restored art films screenings, movie and photographic exhibitions and during summer provides an extensive outdoor screenings schedule; the Biopark of Rome, the Zoological Garden with more than 200 animal species in it; the Carlo Bilotti Museum, a small museum dedicated to contemporary art that displays works, among the others, by Giorgio De Chirico, Gino Severini, Andy Warhol.

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