Villa Borghese, with a perimeter of six kilometres, is the largest public park in Rome. It was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, and was enlarged (1800) by Giovanni Canina.
Walking through the park visitors can admire the lake garden, with its Greek temple built in 1700, the picturesque Piazza di Siena hippodrome shaded by Italian pines, where equestrian events and folk festivals are staged, or again, the Fortezzuola, an imitation of a medieval castle where the Canonica museum is housed. In the park, surrounded by greenery, are many buildings containing major art collections. In the area to the far north of the park, one of Italy’s major zoos (biopark) is located.