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Rome’s Rose Garden: a romantic’s paradise by the Circus Maximus

Published on June 8, 2018 by C. P.

In spite of being right by the Circus Maximus and Giardino degli Aranci, close enough to the Jewish Ghetto and Bocca della Verità that you can get to both on foot, the Roseto Comunale (Rome’s Rose Garden) maintains a peacefulness to it that it’s odd for this area of Rome. We’re at the base of the Aventine Hill, where some of Rome’s most exclusive mansions are, right by the city center’s most popular landmarks and yet this beautiful garden is rarely crowded.

A welcome respite from the bustle of the surrounding area, this tiny park occupies what was once one of Rome’s Jewish cemeteries, and has been opened continuously since 1950. It currently houses over 1,000 different roses, but in order to see them and smell their wonderful perfume you will have to visit between April and June: the rose garden can only be visited from April 21, incidentally Rome’s “birthday”, until June 17 – this is to make the most of the flowering season.

Whether you’re visiting with your significant other (look for the heart-shaped trellis for a romantic photo opportunity!) or simply enjoy discovering Rome’s off the beaten path attractions and would like to spend a few hours in one of its most exclusive parks, the entry to Roseto Comunale is free! The garden is conveniently located on walking distance from several of From Home to Rome’s managed accommodations: you can reach it easily if you’re staying at Via Gallia, Casa Isabella al Colosseo or on the other side of the river, in the Trastevere borough.

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