Farnese Palatine Gardens: REPUBBLICA

The Farnese Palatine Gardens have been under restoration since 2013 thanks to an exhibition that tells their history and secrets.

The Palatine Hill reveals its secret garden. With an exhibition he tells the Horti Farnesiani, one of the most famous and symbolic places of Renaissance and Baroque Rome. The garden was set up in the mid-sixteenth century by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. It is the protagonist of a restoration started in 2013 by the Special Superintendence. The project is being carried out today by the Colosseum Archaeological Park. The large aviaries and the Ninfeo della Pioggia reopen to the public after more than 30 years. Immersive technologies tell the wonders of the horti. The fountain, which adorns the staircase leading to the top of the Palatine, is completely freed from encrustations and plants.

“This is an extraordinary place. Unique in the world. Returned to the public with an alternative route to the ordinary one”. The director of the Archaeological Park, Alfonsina Russo, carefully explains how the goal is the reopening of all the Horti Farnesiani. This is a place also loved by the protagonists of the Grand Tour. Starting with Goethe. “After the restoration of the aviaries, we will also intervene on the rain nymphaeum. But we have a sponsor with whom we can restore it. Then, next summer we will set up a summer school with which we will begin the restoration of the gardens with the original plants”. The Casina Farnese will also be reopen. But “with guided tours of up to 25 people, because there are accessibility problems”.

So, the Horti Farnesiani are home to some species of plants and trees from all over the world. Visit them. Admire them in all their beauty. Stroll through the gardens and listen to the chirping of birds.