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Villa Celimontana
Villa Celimontana

Villa Celimontana

Free admission
Sunrise to sunset
Via della Navicella, Rome, Lazio, 00184

The basics

The gorgeous grounds of Villa Celimontana serve as a public park. Though the park is situated near the Colosseum, it is often overlooked by travelers and is much more heavily used by locals who come here to stroll the walkways and picnic on its grassy lawns. One of the best ways to experience the park is by Segway or golf cart tour. That way, you can cruise around nearby attractions, including the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, and the Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) without tiring yourself out.

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Things to know before you go

  • Villa Celimontana is a must for travelers who want a break from the busy streets of Rome.
  • There is plenty of seating found around the park.
  • Pack a picnic; the tranquil atmosphere of the park is an ideal spot for an alfresco feast.
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How to get there

Villa Celimontana is situated on Caelian Hill. Ride the metro (line B) to the Colosseo station. From there, it’s about a 10–15-minute stroll away along Via Claudia.

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When to get there

The park is well-used by locals, though it flies under the radar of most tourists. As such, it is rarely crowded. During the summer months, various events are held in the park, including exhibitions and evening jazz concerts.

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The History of the Gardens

Laid out on the site of a former vineyard, these gardens and the villa were created by the prominent Mattei family in the 16th century and remained in their possession until the 19th century. Though the garden’s appearance has changed significantly since the 16th century, various original decorative elements still stand, including carved marble features, an Egyptian obelisk with a hieroglyphic-adorned base, and fountains. Many of these are part of the Mattei family’s collection of art and antiquities.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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