What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rome: the Coliseum? the Vatican? the Trevi Fountain? What you may not know is that, in addition to its abundance of ancient sites, Rome is a very green city with a number of parks worth visiting.

No matter January or June, Rome's climate makes any time of year the perfect moment for a walk or a picnic outside. Luckily for the guests of Hotel San Francesco, the biggest of Rome's parks, Villa Doria Pamphili, is just minutes away.

Villa Pamphili Lake

Villa Pamphili Lake

Villa Doria Pamphili is a seventeenth-century villa located one neighborhood over from Trastevere in Monteverde, just outside the Porta San Pancrazio in the ancient walls of Rome where the ancient road of the Via Aurelia commences.
It began as a villa for the Pamphili family and when the line died out in the eighteenth century, it passed to Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria from which time it has been known as the Villa Doria Pamphili.
In 1965–1971, it was bought by the City of Rome from the Doria-Pamphilii-Landi family.


The park has an area of 1.8 km². Its facilities include sites for bird-watching, jogging, and biking, and it is a favorite hang-out spot for Roman locals, especially on weekends.
With its many beautiful buildings, chapels, ponds and pine forests, you will want to add Villa Doria Pamphili to your list of places to visit during your stay in the Eternal City.

From Hotel San Francesco, you can reach Villa Pamphili in about 15 min. by public transports
Another great option would be to rent our bicycles and enjoy a nice ride across the park.

The park is open every day, from 7.00 am to 18.00 pm in October-February; 7.00 am to 20.00 pm in March and September; and 7.00 am to 21.00 pm in April-August.

Author: our very good friend Samantha