Hidden Rome: The Beautiful Pamphili Gardens

Pamphili Gardens

Rome is filled with two things: tourists and hidden gems. In this article, I will help you dodge the crowds and explore one of Rome’s best kept secrets – the Pamphili Park.

My love for Rome is endless. Its warm climate works well with my mood (and my very optimistic spring-like wardrobe). Its people are amongst the friendliest I have ever encountered. The wine is amazing (and affordable!), and oh, don’t even get me started on the food…

Well, ok, if you insist. I’ve spent so many mornings picking up an espresso (I take mine double, no sugar) and a slice of pizza from my local café while desperately trying to make it to my lecture on time. There’s been plenty of lunches involving chilled white wine, fresh mozzarella and juicy tomatoes in the gentle October sun. Their pasta is world class. The pizza too, by the way. And I loved the tradition of browsing and tasting my way around the various stalls in the food markets on Sunday mornings, eagerly looking for fresh and local vegetables.

I love Rome, of course I do. But chances are that you, as a tourist desperately eager to explore the very best of the Eternal City in less than 72 hours, will not be able to experience the Rome that I fell in love with. My Rome. And to be quite frank, my Rome does not happen in the insanely long lines to the Colosseum, nor does it exist in the over-priced restaurants around the Spanish Steps or the Pantheon. My Rome is of a different kind, and in this article I want to share with you one of my favourite hidden places in Rome.

Pamphili Gardens

The Pamphili Gardens

The gardens of Villa Doria Pamphili is said to be one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. However, this is a place that few tourists ever get to experience. The Pamphili gardens is a place where the Romans go – here they do their daily evening run, here they have a nap in the sun in the early afternoon, and here they take their little ones on picnic and playdates during the weekends. The Pamphili gardens is a place I carry so much love for, and in this article I’m delighted to share it with you.

Pamphili Gardens

 

The Pamphili Garden, and its grande palazzo Villa Doria Pamphili, is located on the Gianicolo Hill, in the area of Monteverde. In other words, it’s just far enough to remove you  from all the endless buzzing of the tourists. The main building, the palace, was built in the 1600s, and the owner soon started buying all the areas of land that surrounded it. Architects were hired to construct the most beautiful garden ever created. Soon, the gardens were known by the locals as Bel Respiro – beautiful air.

Pamphili Gardens

Pamphili Gardens

In 1644, Cardinal Giambattista Pamphili, of the powerful Pamphili family, was elected Pope (you might know him better as Innocent X). His family, thrilled with the new power, money and status they suddenly received, decided to develop the gardens even further.

It is their developments and architectural choices, their garden, you can explore today.

Pamphili Gardens

Pamphili Gardens

 

Today, you can walk past decaying sculptures, old fountains, a garden labyrinth, an old Theater, and the Pamphili family’s very own chapel. In other words, it is a chapel fit for a pope. And so is the palazzo.  A walk in the Pamphili gardens is a walk through the grandness that used to exist in the 1600s.

Despite the obvious decay, it’s almost impossible to ignore the grandness that used to inhabit the gardens. In other words, this is a place you will most likely never forget.

If you are looking for more unforgettable experiences in Rome, you should check out the 25 Best Things to Do in Rome.

Pamphili Gardens

 

How to get to the Pamphili Gardens:

From Trastevere, walk up to the Gianicolo Hill, and then head straight past the impressive Garibaldi monument. You cannot miss it. 

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Pamphili Garden

Christina
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Christina Sunneklep (b.1992) is a rather snap-happy Norwegian travel blogger. For the past few years, she's been winging it in Rome - now she's doing her best to conquer Glasgow, Scotland.

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28 Comments

  1. Cris May 6, 2017

    Been two times to Rome but haven’t made it to the gardens yet.
    They do look awesome and…not crowded.

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      It’s absolutely amazing! You won’t regret a visit to the gardens :)

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  2. Wow. Love this post and the way you describe the gardens. these will definitely have to go on our list for Rome next year.

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      Oh, it definitely should go on your list! Thanks for stopping by, Catherine xx

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  3. Lisanne May 6, 2017

    What a beautiful spot in Rome!! Would love to go here.

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      You definitely should, Lisanne! It’s such a tranquil oasis in the middle of Rome xx

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  4. Rhiannon May 6, 2017

    Rome looks so beautiful! I hope to make it there one day :)

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      Rome is such a beautiful city, Rhiannon! Hopefully you’ll get to experience it soon – I know you’ll love it xx

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  5. Louise Allonby May 6, 2017

    What a great post. Interesting read. Great photos aswell :)

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      Thank you, Louise! I really appreciate your comment, thanks for stopping by xx

      Reply
  6. Sara May 6, 2017

    Wow! I am saving this for when I go back to Rome one day. Was only there for a day when on a cruise and need to go back. This looks so amazing.

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    • Christina May 6, 2017

      That sounds like a good idea, Sara! I’m sure you’ll love it xx

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  7. Laura May 6, 2017

    Ohh I want to go to Rome so bad… I’ll have to visit the big tourist spots too, but I really want to hunt out some hidden places like this as well.

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    • Christina May 7, 2017

      Hey Laura! Well, I think a balance of both tourist spots and hidden places sound really great. Hopefully you’ll visit soon xx

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  8. Ashlee May 7, 2017

    I was in Rome last November and absolutely loved it! I didn’t discover this hidden gem though. Looks absolutely beautiful! Next time I am there, I will definitely have to take a trip.

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

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    • Christina May 7, 2017

      You definitely should go, Ashlee! Rome is one of my favorite cities, and I have spent so much time in the Pamphili Gardens… I just never seem to tire of them!

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  9. maegan May 7, 2017

    OMGOSH! What a gorgeous find! We went to the Villa Borghese gardens but would have loved to find this!

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    • Christina May 7, 2017

      I know, right! Well, if you liked the Borghese gardens, you will absolutely LOVE the Pamphili gardens xx

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  10. Lauren May 7, 2017

    That is stunning — what a find! And great photography too :)

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  11. Harmony, Momma To Go May 7, 2017

    When I studied in Rome my school was on the gianicolo and I lived in trastevere! Love this area! Beautiful photos!!!

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    • Christina May 8, 2017

      Oh really? Were you at the American Institute? (I studied at the Norwegian institute – it’s basically next door) xx

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  12. Cassandra Le May 7, 2017

    Ah! I was in Rome and definitely missed out on this place. It is gorgeous and your pictures capture it so well! (:

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    • Christina May 8, 2017

      Thank you, Cassandra! I hope you get to visit soon xx

      Reply
  13. Jennifer Schlueter May 7, 2017

    This is a great idea for my next time in Rome! Missed them when I went there last time. Thanks for the inspiration <3

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    • Christina May 8, 2017

      You’re very welcome! It should definitely be on your list xx

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  14. Så fint det ser ut der! Jeg har fortsatt til gode å besøke Roma, men jeg vet i hvert fall hvor jeg skal søke tips når jeg en gang forhåpentligvis skal dit :-)

    Reply

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