"Rome - The City Rose Garden" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 23rd June 2011
The Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden) covers an area of about one hectare and is situated in the heart of the city, just a short distance from Circo Massimo and the Aventine hill.
It is divided into two parts: "competition" and "collection", the former hosts the roses which are participating in the international competition for new varieties of roses, the "Rome prize", while the second is the "permanent exhibition" of the Roseto.
There are 1,200 varieties in the whole collections, they are divided into three large groups: botanical, ancient and modern roses. Botanical roses are the oldest, they are the primordial roses from which all the others have originated. The "ancient" roses have been formed by spontaneous crosses between "botanical" roses, while the "modern" roses have been formed by further crosses, from the middle of the nineteenth century onwards.
The site of the Roseto was once the Jewish Cemetery. A new plan of the city was drawn up in 1934 and it was decided that this area should be transformed into a public green area, with the old Jewish cemetery being transferred to a part of Campo Verano. In 1950 the Rome Town Council asked the Jewish community if the area could be transformed into the new Roseto, the president of the Jewish community gave his consent with the condition that a single star be placed above the entrance in order to remind visitors of its sacred origin. This star is still present today. Further links between the Roseto and Rome's Jewish community is the fact that the pathways of the collection sector are in the form of a "Menorah", this is the seven-armed candlestick which is a symbol of Hebraism. This is clearly visible from the top of the central flight of steps.
With an extension of 10.000 square metres, the City Rose Garden of Rome, one of the most valuable in the world and one of the most charming and pleasant-smelling corners of the city, stretches from the ruins of the Palatine to the Observatory on Monte Mario.
The park rises over the remains of the ancient Cemetery of the Jewish Community of Rome and consists of two sections: a larger one that houses an interesting collection including botanical roses, ancient and modern, and tracing the history and evolution of the rose from antiquity to the present, and a smaller one, used as a venue for the Concorso Internazionale Premio Roma, that nominates the most beautiful rose among newly obtained varieties through the decree of a jury formed by experts from all over the world.
The Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden) is open for several months during the year, from the middle of April to June and in October for the "reflowering" of the roses. May is the best period for viewing the roses. Guided tours, which are free of charge, are arranged during opening times, both for groups and individuals.
In April and May there are a number of events dedicated to nature in the city. There are crowd into the beautiful Landriana Gardens, at Tor San Lorenzo, near to Ardea. A vast variety of plants and gardening accessories are on display. Prizes for the exhibitors of the most unusual and sought-after varieties of plants and the best stands will be awarded during the event. Rome's own rose garden, the Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden) a real jewel in the city. The International Competition for new rose varieties The "Rome Prize" are awarded, besides the usual categories in competition: hybrid roses of tea and climbing plants, there are a prize for the best blue rose. Plants originating form all over the world will be judged by a jury of experts.
The Roseto Comunale is in Via di Valle Murcia, a short walk from the Circo Massimo stop on the metro B line. The Rose Garden opens for brief periods in the Spring and Autumn. Every day 8am - 7:30pm. Free admittance.
The Spring opening is at the beginning of May, shortly before the Premio Roma.
The Autumn opening is in early October, when the cooler climate allows roses to blossom again.
Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden),
Via di Valle Murcia (Via dei Pubblici, 3 (Aventino), Rome, 00153
Transports. Bus 81-160-204- 628-715-175
Metro line B (Circo Massimo)
Information office: Tel. +39 06 5746810
Guided tours on reservation
Link to Italic page