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.
A new study from Upgraded Points reveals upgrading to a first-class seat on your next flight may be more affordable than you think — and the study also shows where you can upgrade your next flight for the best deal.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The first of October is more than just the signal of Halloween season and the feeling of a true fall beginning. This date also marks Balloons Around the World Day, a lesser-known but equally fun day to celebrate. In honor of this day, book your next trip to one of these fantastic destinations featuring balloon rides, enchanting balloon flights and other balloon-inspired activities.
Your bags are (nearly) packed and you are crossing off items on your list and checking it twice to make sure you’ve got everything in your bag. While figuring out what to pack (based on weather conditions, activities planned, etc.) is a laborious process, luckily there’s some useful, fun and functional technology to ease both your journey to said destination, along with making traveling less stressful. This curated list is for smaller items, those for travelers jetting off only with a carry-on, looking to make their multi-hour journey more comfortable. From a passport holder to chargers and a gaming control, here are a few gadgets which merit a spot on your packing list:
Whether you’re planning a domestic trip out west or an all-out international winter vacation, there are some hotels you just can’t ignore. This year, consider these four hotels for the ski season.