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Villa Ada Park

Villa Ada is renowned for its beautiful gardens and numerous paths. Take a leisurely cycle through the park, discover hidden corners, and enjoy the lush greenery and vibrant flowers. The Park offers designated picnic areas where visitors can relax and enjoy a meal surrounded by nature and also provides recreational facilities such as playgrounds, making it an excellent place for outdoor activities.

Originally known as the Villa Reale, it was owned by the Italian royal family and served as their private residence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1872, the Italian government acquired the villa and its surrounding park and opened it to the public as a public park. It was named Villa Ada in honor of Ada, the wife of King Umberto I. During World War II, Villa Ada was occupied by German forces, who used the premises as their headquarters. After the war, the park was returned to public use and underwent restoration and revitalization

One of the best way to explore this Park is by pedaling along its paths, Villa Ada is the largest green area in Rome, covering an expansive area of approximately 450 acres (182 hectares).

Discover more about this beautiful park of Rome by checking : Park’s of Rome

 

Cycling around Rome

Cycling around Rome can be tricky, but if you know which routes to take, it can be a fantastic way to discover some of Rome’s lesser-known areas.

Here are some of our favorite biking trails that take in some of the more unusual, yet still beautiful, attractions.

The ancient Appian Way

The Via Appia Antica has seen two thousand years of history, and served as the Roman Empire’s ‘highway’, as it went all the way from Rome down to the heel of Italy’s boot.
Cycling along a road where the Roman army once marched is quite a unique experience. Although the cobblestones certainly provide a bumpy ride, this route is unlike any other path.
You’ll be able to spot remnants of ancient tombs and large ruins, simply out in the open.
Even the pesky, uneven cobblestones are the original stones laid down two thousand years ago!
If you have an entire day to your disposal, begin at Porta San Sebastiano and ride out to Lake Gandolfo, where you can relax for a bit before turning back to the city.

Here you can watch a short video of our tour on the Appian Wayhttps://youtu.be/UgsnUpoxiS0

 

The Aqueducts Park
Another area that’s great for cycling and seeing remnants of Ancient Rome, without the crowds, is the Parco degli Acquedotti, or Aqueducts Park.This sprawling park gets its name from two crumbling, but still majestic, aqueducts in the park, the Acqua Claudia and the Acqua Felice. These two aqueducts stand today as a testament to the engineering genius of the ancient Romans. The Romans were able to design their aqueducts so that it dropped precisely 6 inches per Roman mile. Imagine doing that for more than fifty kilometers without any modern equipment or technology at your disposal!Apart from the aqueducts, the park offers a wonderful respite from the bustling city. You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of everyday Rome, as locals enjoy using the park for jogging, strolling, cycling, picnics or just a place to relax.