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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.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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