There’s nothing like a nice summer day in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There’s a bunch of things you could do, like take a stroll in the park, look at some beautiful scenery, maybe have that romantic boat ride in the lake. Well, you can do all those in Rome’s very own version of Central Park – the Borghese Gardens.
Starting off from Piazza del Popolo, we took the more difficult but scenic route uphill towards Pincio Terrace, one of the two entrances to the public park. There was a concert happening in the main square at that time which explains the big crowd and stage set-up in the center.
The trek uphill was quite tedious and asking the locals for directions proved to be a little difficult because some of them speak very little English. But to have this view at the very end is just…priceless! Rome transformed before my very eyes and to my own surprise, I fell in love with it more and more.
We took our time to walk around, relax on the benches and just take in the scenery. The park itself spans a little over a hundred acres and it’s dubbed as the third largest park in the city. There are museums and galleries, gardens and even a zoo to visit as well.
But what really got me excited was to have that dreamy boat ride moment at the lake à la-The Notebook. The first time I saw the Borghese Gardens on Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love, I knew I had to see it with my own eyes. And true enough, it was everything I pictured out to be – the lake itself was strikingly beautiful and picture-perfect! We paid 3 Euros to rent a boat for 20 minutes, which is pretty affordable. We can’t complain! Having that romantic boat ride on my bucketlist – check!
The lake is man-made and in the center was a stunning piece of architecture dedicated to the greek god of medicine – Temple of Aesculapius. At this point, Kent got the hang of rowing. I’m surprised he was quite a natural at it. We paused for a little while every now and then to admire the view, take photos, play with the geese and swans and just take in the moment. It was a beautiful day.
We’re glad we didn’t skip this in our itinerary. Its something out of the ordinary and for sure in the years to come, we will always look back to this one special experience.
Ever been to Rome? they might ask. Yes, we spent a day at the lake as Noah and Allie.
Until then Roma,