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Barco Borghese

What to see in Monte Porzio Catone, Roma, Lazio


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incorporated in the so-called Burghesianum, together to the nearby Villa Vecchia, Villa Borghese and Villa Mondragone, the Barco Borghese is a vast esplanade of quadrangular shape near Monte Porzio Catone, adorned by a monumental fountain in tuff and delimited by a wall of the Renaissance, it overlooks a group of farmhouses of the same age.

The site consists of some tanks and a warehouse, and for the most part from underground structures. Spectacularly overlooking Rome, the Barco Borghese in Monte Porzio Catone, in Lazio was transformed into "Barco" (fence of animals for hunting) by the Altemps in 1567, then the Italian garden by Borghese (in 1963), as an integral part of the overlying Villa Mondragone and of the complex of Burghesianum. Adorned by a monumental fountain in tuff and delimited by a wall of the Renaissance, it overlooks a group of farmhouses of the same age. A third of the Esplanade is set on an articulated and spectacular sequence of at least 180 vaulted bays in concrete, whose construction dates back to the middle of the I century B.C.: are the "substructures" (foundations) of a huge base traditionally attributed to a Roman Villa, following inserted in a vast imperial property; one of its sides form an articulated monumental front, used as the fifth stage for outdoor performances.

Visiting hours from Friday to Sunday:
11, 12 and 15.30 (winter)
11.30, 16 and 18 (summer)

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Monte Porzio Catone

Monte Porzio Catone

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