Situated near Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, Rome’s version of Central Park dates back to the early 17th century, when it was the grounds of the noble Borghese family. Today the park is open to the public, offering a small zoo, plenty of green spaces for sunbathing and several tree-lined paths for running and biking. One of the city’s best museums, Galleria Borghese, is also nestled within the park, filled with Bernini statues and beautiful frescoes.
Located west of Trastevere in the city’s Monteverde area near the Vatican, the largest public park in Rome is the perfect spot to escape the crowds and enjoy an afternoon outdoors. The historical park is beloved by Romans, especially on weekends, for exercise, picnics, dog walking and passeggiatas.
This 450-acre park offers a host of recreational activities, including swimming in a large public pool, bicycling, horseback riding and canoeing. For history buffs, the archaeological site of Monte Antenne, an ancient Roman village, sits at the highest point of the park. Outdoor concerts are popular in summer, especially during the Roma Incontra il Mondo (Rome Meets the World) festival, hosted in July.
Perched on the highest hill in Rome, Monte Mario boasts some of the city’s best views. Located north of Vatican City outside of the city center, the peaceful park offers visitors a respite from the crowds and noisy city life and is home to the famous Astronomical Observatory of Rome.
To combine exercise and history, visit Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica, a large park located near the Ancient Appian Way a short distance from the city center with several ancient ruins and paths for walking, jogging and biking. The park also organizes guided tours, offering visitors the chance to check out villas, basilicas, tombs and other historical sites.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
You’ve passed through security and still have another hour or so to kill before you need to head to your boarding gate. So what is there to do? Shop, of course! But while the stores may be a tempting and expensive way to pass the time, here are a few items better left behind than toted in your carry-on.