"... every garden is, first of all, learning about time, time that is like the rain, the wind and the sun and time that goes by, the cycle of the seasons ..." Erik Orsenna
Discover one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy with SHG, a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the most popular places of our territory.
Visit these spectacular gardens, book your visit in advance and ask the front desk for information at each one of SHG hotels: you will spend a truly unforgettable day!
The Municipal Rose Garden of Rome
The Municipal Rose Garden of Rome is open only from 21 April to the beginning of June, for the blooming of the roses.
A total area of approximately 10,000 m² with a gentle slope, in front of the remains of the Palatine Hill, divided into two halves by Valle Murcia (open in 1934), the Rose Garden is home to over 1,100 different species of roses.
In the largest section it is possible to admire the species that retrace the evolution of the rose, from ancient times to today, showcasing botanical, ancient, and modern roses.
Established in 1931 on Oppio Hill by Prince Francesco Boncompagni Ludovisi, Governor of Rome, following the request of Countess Mary Gayley Senni, it was later rebuilt in Valle Murcia, after having been destroyed by the bombings in WWII.
Walk among countless rare roses, extraordinary colors and inebriating scents: a unique experience that will make your stay in Rome unforgettable.
Times and price
Single ticket: weekdays, 5€; working days, 7€
Groups: weekdays, 2.50€ per person; working days, 3.50€ per person
Free: schools, disabled guests, under 14 and over 65.
The Secret Gardens of Villa Borghese
The private gardens of Cardinal Scipione’s villa, laid out near the Casino Nobile in between 1610 and 1633, were originally two: the first, called “dei melangoli" (bitter oranges) and the second, called "dei fiori". A third was made in 1680, between the Uccelliera and the Meridiana Pavillions.
In the gardens many rare and exotic flowering plants, especially bulbs, were grown. A recent renovation, in the late 1990s, has brought to new life the original seventeenth-century layout of the flower beds. A fourth garden, called giardino di propagazione is used as a nursery of the plants of the other sections.
Giardino Boschereccio (wooded garden)
Designed in 1606 by Flaminio Ponzio, opposite the Casino Nobile, it was originally divided into 23 frames containing different kinds of trees, interrupted by high shaped bushes and enriched with precious decorations, such as the Fontane Oscure (dark fountains) and the Grotta dei Vini (wine grotto).
Today, the frames are only partially visible, and evergreen trees have been added to the original varieties.
Parco dei Daini (fallow-deer park)
This park, known also as “Parco delle prospettive", was reserved for the Prince. The avenues were marked out by the majestic statues sculpted by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, renovated in 2005. Against the outer wall is the Prospettiva del Teatro, richly decorated by ancient bas-reliefs, built in 1615.
The area takes its name after the number of fallow-deer and gazelles that used to crowd it up until the nineteenth century.
Back garden of Casino Nobile
The original layout presented the Narciso fountain in the middle, surrounded by many antique statues and four sculptures credited to Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo. The modern layout of the twentieth century replaced the original fountain, putting in its place Venus. The square has now the layout of a formal garden.
At the end of the eighteenth century, Marcantonio IV Borghese transformed the helm-oak park into a garden, according to the fashion of the time. The Asprucci architects directed the works, with the help of several gardeners and artists among whom Jacob More, an English landscaper. This is one of the few examples of an English garden in this territory, and it is enriched with many exotic plants such as banana trees, bamboos and bald cypresses. The lake, in imitation of a natural pond, features a classical-style temple dedicated to Aesculapius in the middle, decorated with antique sculptures renovated by Vincenzo Pacetti.
Guided tour: € 90,00
Please book within 20 days
Reservation: Mandatory | by phone call