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Rome can be a bustling city, but in the heart of the Italian capital there are parks and gardens that make you forget the noise and traffic, carrying visitors to an atmosphere of romance and tranquility

Who lives in the bustling city of Rome does not always have time to enjoy the many green areas open to the public. As in architecture, the gardens also reveal Renaissance and Baroque influences, turned into lush vegetation and majestic spaces. One of the first places to visit is the Botanic Garden (www.horti.unimore.it) established by Pope Nicholas II for the growth of medicinal plants, it was renovated in 1883. It has an area of 12 hectares and over 3500 species of plants, including century old trees, a bamboo grove, a Japanese garden and a woodland from where you may have a superb view over the city. The Tritons Fountain and the aquatic plants are also attractions of this place. Situated near Galleria Borghese, Villa Borghese Park is also an outdoor museum, with statues of Roman gods and writers such as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. The Bioparco, a zoo with about 200 species, is also located within this park. The Villa Borghese has a direct passage to another green area worth visiting. The construction of Pincio Gardens was ordered by Napoleon as a way to celebrate his conquests. Villa Doria Pamphili is the largest Roman Park; in its 180 hectares are several buildings that belonged to the family who purchased the land. These villas, surrounded by extensive gardens, almost make you forget that around you is a city full of excitement. The Rose Garden, the Orange Garden of and the Villa Sciarra are other places not to be missed by anyone who enjoys contact with nature.

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