Thursday, October 6, 2011

Villa Borghese Lake - Temple of Aesculapius

Imagine a lovely ride in a row-boat on a peaceful lake in the center of Rome. This serene lake in Villa Borghese has lush greenery, swans, small row boats seek out little hidden nooks around the lake and the center-piece Tempio di Esculapio. 

Villa Borghese is an oasis of peaceful serenity in the center of Rome - it was one of our many favorite get-away on some summer weekends when we lived in Rome. As you stroll through the gardens, paths and, especially the lake - there is a sense of simplicity and calm. 

About Villa Borghese:
Villa Borghese is Rome’s largest public park, it can be a pleasant refuge from the hectic Roman streets and offers a large number of touristic attractions, featuring a lake, temples, fountains, statues and several museums.

The artificial lake in the park has a temple dedicated to Aesculapius – the god of health.

The temple is built on the island and was designed by Antonio Asprucci with beautiful Ionic columns.