Villa Borghese, Spagna & Piazza del Popolo
What are you going to do?
Strolling through the park, window shopping, and climbing the Spanish Steps are all part of this walk.
For many Romans, the park at Villa Borghese is the only garden they have. They come here to enjoy romantic evening strolls together, or go for walks with the entire family. There is even a zoo. Galleria Borghese houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world, and the Villa Giulia museum has an impressive collection of Etruscan art and artifacts.
The Pincian Hill looks out over the Spanish Steps above Piazza di Spagna. The steps are great for people watching: Italian playboys and foreign handbag vendors offer up a free daily show—there’s never a dull moment.
For fashionistas with exorbitant tastes and equally sizable expense accounts, this neighborhood is heaven on earth: Gucci, Prada, Armani, and every other noteworthy Italian fashion designer can be found here. For mere mortals, window shopping offers plenty of fun too. If you're on a budget, head for the more affordable shops on Via del Corso, one of Rome's major shopping streets.
Pastificio serves pasta for just a few euros, and the tiramisu at Bar Pompi is the stuff legends are made of. Via Margutta used to be home to many artists, and this quiet street still breathes an atmosphere of creativity. Wander from gallery to gallery to get a sense of its unique vibe.
This part of the city is also home to many bars and restaurants. Some of them world-famous, others hidden gems. There are also some important sights, such as the Ara Pacis altar—dedicated to the goddess of peace—and the obelisk at Piazza del Popolo.