Giardino degli Aranci | The Orange Garden Overlooking Rome


If I’d hoped to escape Valentines by fleeing to Italy, I could hardly have done worse than going up to Rome’s Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) at sunset.

Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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The Orange Garden (also referred to as Parco Savello) is located on the Aventine Hill, overlooking the Tiber and the magnificent Roman skyline across the river. Its name comes from the bitter orange trees that populate each side of the central pathway from the garden’s entrance to the terrace.

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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It’s rather small — enclosed in part by the remains of the walls of an ancient fortress — but is apparently quite popular, especially at sunset, especially among couples, especially at Valentine’s. And, really, who can blame them?

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Directions:

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Take the Metro (Line B) to Circo Massimo station. Cross the road (Viale Aventino) and head up the Via del Circo Massimo, keeping the ancient site of the Circus Maximus to your right.

Map to Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Keep going till you see this guy.

Monument near Giardino degli Aranci, Rome, Italy

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Go up the Via di Valle Murcia that starts right behind the monument, then up the Via di Santa Sabina. You’ll have no trouble spotting the entrance to the garden.

Admission is free.

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