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Villa Borghese, Rome’s largest park, is the perfect place to escape the busy city. Between the footpaths and flowerbeds you’ll find sculptures, fountains and temples. Most people visit the park for its 3 museums: the Galleria Borghese, the Museo Nazionale Etrusco and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. No wonder it is also known as museum park!
It is difficult to imagine but this area once housed a huge vineyard. In 1605 it was transformed into a park for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. His extensive art collection was housed in the Villa Borghese, which he designed and after which the park was named. The mansion was intended to reflect a classic Roman villa, and the surrounding park was divided into 3 sections: a forest, an artistic segment and a wild and natural area.