Situated next to the Palazzo Riario-Corsini, Orto Botanico is exactly what you’d image a nearly secret botanical garden in an ancient city to be: lush and emerald green, straight out of a fairytale. Covering approximately thirty acres, these gardens are quieter and less touristy than the Villa Borghese Gardens and offer some of the most beautiful flowers in all the city (or Europe, for that matter). Spend an afternoon exploring the Japanese garden and rose garden, gelato in hand. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as it’s worth taking a steady trek up the hill to see the beautiful view of the city.

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