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Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in Rome's Villa Borghese gardens

Rome is certainly has plenty to offer in terms of historical significance. The Italian capital is home to countless buildings that date back centuries, but one of its most appealing attractions is not a famous ruin or ancient artifact. The Villa Borghese gardens offer one of the most tranquil and relaxing landscapes in the city, making them  a must see during a tour of Italy.

The gardens trace their roots back to the early 1600s, but began to take their current form in the 19th century. Today, it is the second-largest park in the city and is not only home to numerous ponds and fountain, but many ruins and other buildings that date back to the garden's earliest days.

Some of the most famous points of interest in the garden are its many villas, including the Villa Medici. This stunning white building dates back to the 1500s and is located on Rome's Pincian Hill. Though a complex in its own right, the villa is situated along the border of the Borghese gardens. Another structural highlight of the park include the Temple of Aesculapius, which was built in the 19th century and sits along one of the garden's many ponds.

Above all else, the Villa Borghese gardens are the perfect place to enjoy the unique urban landscape of Rome. The park tends to be less crowded than tourist hotspots in the center of the city, and despite being surrounded by a lush natural landscape, Rome is just a short distance away. It is the ideal place for photos, a leisurely stroll, or just a relaxing afternoon during a tour of Italy.

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