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The Temple of Asclepius is located on an islet in the middle of a lake in the Villa Borghese gardens. The temple houses a statue of Asclepius believed to be from the Mausoleum of Augustus. This temple provides a picturesque and romantic setting on the...More
A beautiful and calming spot inside the Villa Borghese gardens was built in the 18th century, by architects Antonio and Mario Asprucci, probably as a memento to the destroyed ancient temple on the Tiber island, dedicated to the Greek god of medicine.
A lovely find. The Temple of Asclepius is set amongst a beautiful park and on a small lake filled with wildlife.
There are a variety of cafes in the park and immediately adjacent to the lake is an ice cream stall. It is possible to...More
Date of experience: November 2014
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Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as
visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.