Discovering the hortus conclusus and the gardens of ancient Rome

Discovering the hortus conclusus and the gardens of ancient Rome. In the heart of the eternal city have recently been recreated the gardens of the imperial palaces. Between rose, quinces, viburnum, periwinkles, petunias and verbenas a stroll to discover the glories of the past, by Augustus in the Farnese.

THE STORY (courtesy of

The story of green spaces of the Palatine, since it was formed today, represent the history of plant species, which have enriched our gardens in these centuries: set up in a sumptuous in the Imperial age, transformed into the Botanical Garden by Farnese, to accommodate the new plants imported from the Americas, restored in the 19th century by Giacomo Boni, which, next to the “classical” Roman flora there would also introduce new plants that starting from the end of ‘ 700 arrived from the East and South Africa due to the intensification of trade favored by English rule, they formed the “Herbarium” ornamental flora italiana.

Numerous literary and iconographic evidence some have made it possible to reproduce the gardens of the Imperial age, although it is not possible to know exactly what species were actually cultivated in large scenocraphic, including the inability to conduct scientific studies for the events that have characterized the places over the centuries.

The exhibition grows in 8 stations, in addition to the educational section held the cryptoporticus.

The garden of the House of Augustus

• Blue flowers in oval garden

• Orchards and gardens in old prints on display at Casina Farnese

• Plants and the glass to imitate the water in octagonal nymphaeum (the water effect was achieved using the scraps of blue glass with remarkable effect)

• The petunias and plumbago in Nymphaea of the Domus Augustana

The stadium’s verbena

• The essences of the Farnese Nursery

• The old rose garden in the Farnesian splendours

The project conceived by Electa editions with  the “Soprintendenza speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma“, was curated by Annamaria Ciarallo, Giuseppe Morganti, and Maria Antonietta Tomei.


For information and guided tours:

Phone 06.39967700 (monday-Friday 9-18 saturday 9-14)


















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