Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome, after Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. It extends largely on Pinciano district and a small part of the Campo Marzio, divided by the Aurelian Walls. Locals, tourists, joggers & walkers love the Eternal City’s green lung which boats various museums, galleries, statues, fountains as well as the 18th-century Giardino del Lago (the Lake Garden), Tempietto Greco (small Greek temple) and Piazza di Siena- an amphitheatre used for Rome’s top equestrian event in May.
The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) is an important gallery of modern art, located on at Vialle delle Belle Arti 113, just a short walk from the Etruscan Museum. Its vast collections form a full survey of 19th and 20th century Italian art; the neoclassical and romantic paintings and sculpture make a dramatic change from the glories of the baroque and ancient Rome.
Villa Torlonia and surrounding gardens started its life as a lavish 19th century private residence of the wealthy and powerful Torolnia family. In 1920s Benito Mussolini rented it from the family and used it as his state residence till 1945; following decades of decay, the estate purchased and resorted by the municiaplity opened to the public as a park and museum complex that includes: Casino Nobile (the main palace, which houses the Torlonia’s family statuary collection), Casina delle Civette (Little House of Owls), a charming example of Art Nouveau style of the early 1900s and the elegant Il Casino dei Principi (The House of Princes) where all temporary exhibitions are held.
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