When in Rome: Take time to smell the roses

Every spring I make a point to visit Rome’s lovely Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale di Roma).  This Rome garden’s location is perfect – on the Aventine Hill with stunning views over the Circus Maximus and the Palatine. Yet a short stroll in this oasis of tranquility is an enjoyable respite from the hectic pace of the city surrounding it.

A visit to Rome’s rose garden is one of my favourite tips for visitors seeking a more peaceful Rome attraction. Bring along a sandwich or a good book and relax – just like the locals – on one of the garden’s many benches.

The lower rose garden hosts the competition roses each year. Each May, roses sent from all over the world are entered into the competition; the winners each year are planted permanently in the garden. One of the Golden medals for this year’s competition was awarded to these roses, hailing from Denmark:

An elementary school in France is the proud recipient of this year’s children’s competition:

The rose garden has a small but interesting section dedicated to roses that would have been known in the Ancient World; a plaque explains the importance of roses to the Ancient Romans and in which parts of the Empire they were grown. In Ancient Rome, opulent Roman banquets would often end with rose petals being showered down from the ceiling and onto the guests below.

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