The Rose Garden, Rome, Italy

Roseto Comunale is a city rose garden located up on Aventine Hill. It was dedicated to flowers as far back as the 3rd century BC. In the 1600’s, it became the Jewish Vegetable Garden with a small annex cemetery.

In 1934 the small cemetery was moved to the Verano monumental cemetery and the land remained empty until the 1950’s, when it became a municipal rose garden. The garden is shaped like a menorah, to thank the Jewish community for the land, and is now a city park, open and free to the public. It just opened on April 21st, and stays open through June 11th this year.

We walked the (steep) walk up to the garden and were surprised at how large it was. There are around 1,100 species of roses! It’s a little early so they weren’t all in bloom, but there were more than we expected.

After walking through the roses you can head up to the top of the garden and enjoy the view in the shade. Because the garden is on Aventine Hill, you have an incredible view of Rome.

If you’re in Rome while the garden is open, it’s a great way to burn off some calories from all the pizza and gelato while seeing beautiful roses and a great view of Rome!

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