Lonely Planet review for Villa Celimontana
With its lawns and colourful flower beds, this leafy walled park is a wonderful place to escape the crowds and enjoy a summer picnic. Romantic couples can seek out shady corners while parents can earn goodwill by letting their loved ones loose at the playground. At the centre of the park is a 16th-century villa that was once owned by the Mattei family but now houses the Italian Geographical Society. Each summer the park stages the popular Villa Celimonta Jazz Festival.