Auditorium Parco della Musica
Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, Parioli
While a decidedly modernist building may seem out of place on a Roman itinerary, this Renzo Piano-designed (The Whitney in NYC, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris) performing arts venue is well worth a visit. Situated away from the city center, the cluster of three concert halls, including an open-air amphitheater, is built on lush park grounds a stone's throw from the Olympic village erected for the 1960 games. Come here to experience everything from opera to chamber music to film in a beautiful space that’s frequented predominantly by locals.
Villa Borghese Gardens
Piazzale Napoleone, Parioli
Often compared to New York City's central park, this lush expanse stretches on for more than 225 acres, from Piazza del Poppolo to the top of Via Veneto.