The gardens of Rome
To discover it all it would take months, if not years, but it is possible to combine the visit of the Eternal City with some of the most beautiful and enchanting places in Europe. Each step is a surprise that does not disappoint: not only monuments, churches and museums in which to get lost but a real green heritage in which to spend a few hours to discover places difficult to forget.
GARDEN OF THE ORANGES
The Giardino degli Aranci is without a doubt one of the most evocative and romantic places of the Capital. Located on the Aventine Hill, from here you can admire the many domes that draw the skyline of Rome: from the Tiber to the Temples of the Boarium Forum, from Santa Maria in Cosmedin up to the Janiculum, without forgetting the 'Cupolone' that stands right in front of us. Located on the former fortress built by the Savelli family between 1285 and 1287 at the church of Santa Sabina, it was later converted into a panoramic garden thanks to Raffaele de Vico in 1932. It immediately became known as the Giardino degli Aranci, a name derived from the fact that S. Domenico, founder of the order, planted the famous trees. In the surroundings of the garden it is possible to admire numerous churches and archaeological sites of great interest including the Bocca della Verità, easily reachable on foot.
Near the Giardino degli Aranci is the Roseto Comunale, where you can admire roses coming from all over the world. With its 10,000 square meters with 1,100 species of roses, which from the end of April to mid-June bloom giving an experience to be experienced with their perfumes and colors. Walking through the avenues you can admire specimens of Damascene roses that already flourished in Paestum and Pompeii, still used today as a base for perfumed essences, or the famous Gallic roses, considered sacred by the Persians. Among rare and unique varieties for their characteristics, we come across specimens that also boast historical references: from the Peace rose, born in France during the Second World War, and became in America, symbol of Peace because placed as an ornament on the negotiating tables of Peace of the Conference of San Francisco, to the rose Mutabilis, whose flower in five days changes color seven times, or also the rose Omeiensis Pteracantha Lutea, a Chinese botanical rose whose thorns in the new branches are red and transparent. On the other side of the Roseto it is possible to admire the Circus Maximus.
Crossing the Palatine bridge, we arrive in Trastevere, one of the most famous and beloved districts of the Eternal City. Walking through the lanes, you arrive at the Botanical Garden which extends over 12 hectares in the heart of Rome. Managed by the Department of Environmental Biology of the University of Rome La Sapienza, it boasts specimens and varieties from all over the world. Its construction was commissioned by Pope Alexander VII who decided to allocate an area on the Janiculum hill to the university botanical garden. In 1883, only after numerous dislocations, it was placed at Villa Corsini at Lungara. Today you can observe the most varied plant species, divided into areas easily recognizable along the way: the palms, the Garden of the blind, the rose garden, the valley of the ferns, the bamboo, the Japanese garden, the forest meditateanno, the gymnosperms, the garden of the simple, the tropical greenhouse, marsh vegetation, the Corsini greenhouse, the monuntale greenhouse, Mediterranean plants.