Guide to Picturesque Picnics in and around Rome

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  • Rome

  • Italy

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Ah, Rome, my love. What can be written that hasn't already been said? The architecture, the ruins, the fountains, the pizza, the pasta, the coffee, the gelato, the people, the culture: all a picture of perfection. Let's have a picnic and take it all in.

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Where to stay in Rome

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Hotel Vilòn

Intimate boutique hotel housed in a former mansion next to Rome's Borghese Palace.

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JK Roma

It’s all in the details at this stylish stay near the Spanish Steps, from the monogrammed pillows to the stellar service.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit, plus daily breakfast.

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  • Suite bookings will also receive complimentary access to E-Bikes during stay.

Hotel de Ricci

Rome’s destination for oenophiles, with eight individually-designed suites, in-house sommeliers and an impressive wine cellar.

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Things to do in Rome

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  • Villa Sciarra - Charming and lesser-known park between Trastevere & Monteverde. With a villa at the center and sculptures throughout, Villa Sciarra is a wonderful spot for a picnic.

  • Villa Borghese - Enchanting landscaped garden on the Pincian Hill. Take a step back in time and wander among the villas, pavilions, fountains and sculptures found in the garden.

  • Villa Corsini & the Botanical Garden of Rome - Located between Trastevere and the Gianicolo hill, you'll find a green oasis. Paths will wind you through gardens, greenhouses and fountains. Enjoy the Japanese Garden and Butterfly House.

  • Villa Torlonia - Villa Torlonia is a hidden gem, completely off-the-beaten-path. Surrounding a neoclassical villa that was once home to Mussolini, this park is the perfect place for a stroll and picnic.

  • Villa Doria Pamphili - An immense and beautiful landscaped park in Rome. Villa Doria Pamphili is located in Monteverde. Don't miss the Casino del Bel Respiro which overlooks a geometrical garden.

  • Piazza Navona - Right in the center of the hustle and bustle, Piazza Navona is an ideal spot for people-watching and a quick bite.

Day Trips from Rome

Just a quick drive or train ride from Rome, Tivoli’s Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana are breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites that cannot be missed.

Places to eat & drink in Rome

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Pizza al taglio



Need to Know

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