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A Walk through the Park

WALK in the PARK
1) TERMINI – DEPARTURES (METRO A – BARBERINI)
2) PIAZZA BARBERINI – VIA VENETO
3) GALOPPATOIO – PALLONE AEROSTATICO
4) MUSEO BORGHESE
5) PIAZZA DI SIENA – VILLA BORGHESE
6) GIARDINO DEL LAGO
7) TERRAZZA DEL PINCIO
8) PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
9) PIAZZALE FLAMINIO – RITORNO (METRO A PER TERMINI)

1) TERMINI – PARTENZA (UNDERGROUND, LINE A – BARBERINI destination)
From Atlantico Hotel, turn left along Cavour avenue and then straight into Termini, take the underground, get off at Barberini. This pleasant stroll will immerse you in relaxing places such as gardens, mansions and fountains without losing touch with the history.

2) PIAZZA BARBERINI – VIA VENETO
At the corner of Veneto avenue, Bernini had placed the “Fountain of the bees” to the side of via Sistina, commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. It was removed in the 19th century to be rebuilt in 1920 where it is today. The fountain is a remarkable symbol of the Roman Baroque, created by the artist in 1644.

Before tackling the long walk I advise you to taste an excellent pizza cut “in the traditional pizza baked in San Nicola da Tolentino avenue. At the corner of the square right beside the fountain there is Via Veneto constructed in the early 1900 ‘s.

Through local luxury hotels, world famous and elegant shops, it is to reach then Villa Borghese and transcend the walls of Aurelian.

A few steps from the metro station, on the right side of the street, the Church of St. Mary of the Conception, called “Cappuccino” erected in 1626. The Church is known for its underground chapels along the walls that show an unusual and rather macabre decorating lampshades made with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin Friars.

Along the way, on the same side of the Church, the beautiful Palace of Margaret of Savoy (Queen of Italy), designed by Koch in 1886-90, is the headquarters of the Us Embassy.

In addition to facing an equally “Hard Rock Café”, well known five-star hotels hosting celebrities and tourists in search of stardom.

The second part of the street is very busy, especially during the spring and summer months, tourists looking for something in the bistro that remember the “dolce vita” by Federico Fellini.

3) GALOPPATOIO
At the end of the uphill, crossing the Aurelian Roman and turning  on the left, we reach the green area of the riding horse school. It is the roof of the huge underground parking.

Through S.Paolo del Brasile avenue, within walking distance we can findare: the House of Cinema in the square dedicated to Marcello Mastroianni, a well known Italian actor, rides and cinema for children, bicycle rental, tourist train.

4) MUSEO BORGHESE
At the end of the Viale del Museo Borghese avenue there are the villa and its Park which  were designed in 1605 for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The purpose was to collect the various artistic works of which he was a passionate collector.

The Park was the first of its kind in Rome. 400 pine trees were planted, placed the sculptures by Pietro Bernini and various water games made by Giovanni Fontana. The property was inherited in 1763 by Prince Marcantonio Borghese and very soon began the conversion following the new rules of the English landscape. The Gardens were made of the Lake, the Temple of aesculapius, Faustina and Diana. In 1803 Camillo Borghese married Pauline Bonaparte in 1807 and sold numerous works of art from the collection.

In 1901, Villa and Borghese Gallery were purchased by King Umberto that gave them to the city of Rome. In 1908, a bridge connected the villa on the Pincian Hill. Between 1909 and 1910 was created the Zoo, the bioparco. In the same period was born the modern Gallery.

We cannot, however, do not consider immediately the Museum and Borghese Gallery, because Scipio as patron, commissioned many young Bernini sculptures. The Museum occupies the ground floor houses the sculptures among the world’s most famous as the “rape of Proserpine” and “Apollo and Daphne” Bernini, Roman works as “dormant” Ermafrodito and the famous “Venus reclining” by Antonio Canova, with the appearance of Pauline Borghese, Napoleon’s sister and wife of Prince Camillo Borghese.
In the gallery there are significant paintings, including those of Titian “sacred and profane love, Raphael’s Deposition, the” stolen to inhabitants of Perugia by Pope Sixtus V on the pretext that they could pray without that picture, del Caravaggio “St. Jerome”, “David with the head of Goliath” and many other works by artists of the sixteenth century.

Inside you can take advantage of on-site dining. Leaving the park on the left of the Aviary, the first left is Pupazzi avenue, you arrive at the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini dated at the end of 1700.

5) PIAZZA DI SIENA – VILLA BORGHESE
At a walking distance we find Piazza di Siena. It is set on a 200 meters long and is shaped like an amphitheatre delimited by a stony wall and pine trees and cypresses. It is the seat of the international horse show that annually gathers in Rome the best horses and riders in the world. Near the square are the so-called casina di Raffaello, perhaps belonged to the artist of the Renaissance, and the palazzetto Dell’Orologio (19th century) that will be used as a Museum of Statues of Villa recovering the function he had when belonged to Borghese.

Just cross the square in the direction to Canonica avenue, on the right there is a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre “Globe”. Represents  London Theatre and is open, the circular structure with a rectangular stage, both in the colonnade that sustains the shed on the three levels of the gallery. Its capacity is approximately 1250 seats.

6) GIARDINO DEL LAGO
Crossing the border you will be in the garden of the Lake that stretches all around an artificial lake. Built in the early ‘ 900 is in  English style and its style  is designed in iron. Stony cliffs mark the stream that feeds the Lake. At the centre, a small island that is home to a Greek temple, ionic, 1786 dedicated to Asclepius (God of Medicine). From a terrace behind the pond, you enjoy a magnificent view of Valle Giulia.

7) TERRAZZA DEL PINCIO
Leaving the area through Via dell’Aranciera, you come across Piazzale delle Canestre, take Magnolie avenue, which is an overpass connecting Villa Borghese on the Pincio.

The Pincio is an unrestricted park designed by Valadier (1810-1818), following the traditional forms of seventeenth and eighteenth century. It represents since the beginning the most beautiful roman villas Rome: the Horti of Lucullus (Trinità dei Monti), Domizi (Piazza del Popolo) and in the fourth century the Horto dei Pinci which left its name to the Hill.

Very curious and interesting is “the hydrochronometer del Pincio” designed and built in 1877 by Dominican Giambattista Embriaco consisting of a glass tower with four sides, with four quadrants, and placed in a fountain rock rich in vegetation.

8) PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
Get the Pincio ramps, you can see two hemicycles placed in  Piazza del Popolo with an important obelisk right at its centre; the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and two twin churches introduce the Corso avenue.

This square is one of the largest and most scenic in the city, neoclassical masterpiece by Giuseppe Valadier (1816-1824). The obelisk in the Centre is 24 meters high and it used to belong to Circus Maximus. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the square sit comfortably at the tables of two historical bar “Canova” or “Rosati”, frequented by young artists.

The Church of Santa Maria del Popolo was a small chapel of Pope Paschal II, built at the expense of the Roman people and took its name from this. Many chapels of baronial family with paintings by great artists. The most important is the first Chapel to the left. You will see two masterpieces by Caravaggio: the “conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St Paul”.

On the right side, at the exit of the Church, there is the Porta del Popolo which belongs to the 3rd century Aurelian walls. They used to defend the city from the descent of the barbarians, desired by the Emperor Aurelian, were built in 271 a.d.

9) PIAZZALE FLAMINIO – RETURN (UNDERGROUND – LINE A  TERMINI DESTINATION)
Coming back to the Atlantico Hotel: you need to get the underground in  Piazzale Flaminio (the entrance of Villa Borghese) directed toTermini Station.