Italy: Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome

Near the end of my stay . Our adventure started at Piazza del Popolo, where we took a rather steep and winding staircase for what seemed like forever.

Don’t give up too soon though! Once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of your life.

Even with grey skies, the Roman skyline is one of the most breathtaking I’ve seen.

Just a few minutes after making it to the top to admire the view (and catch our breath!), the skies burst open and it started pouring rain.

Luckily, the rather swanky Casina Valadier was just around the corner for us to duck into and wait out the storm.

It’s a seriously beautiful venue with magical views. We were cooped up inside, but I’d love to come back and hang out on the terrace on a warm, summer evening and pretend I’m in some Old Hollywood film!

After finishing an espresso, the weather became a bit more hospitable so Olivia and I set out again to explore the gardens.

The gardens were really calm and quiet given that it was mid-week and just post rain, but Olivia told me that on the weekends the space fills with families playing with their children, groups of friends playing soccer, and young couples roaming around on first dates.

Villa Borghese is an expansive, sprawling space full of fountains and villas that I sadly didn’t have enough time to fully explore.

But, on the bright side, I suppose that just leaves more for me to look forward to on my next visit, right?



Rosalie Le Gander

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