Parco Villa Gregoriana
Concession and lease: the Italian Public Property Agency
The Park is closed from 15 December to March 2015
Parco Villa Gregoriana is located in Tivoli, just a stone’s
throw from Rome. The park was commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI to
rebuild the bed of the Aniene River, which had been damaged by the
terrible flood of 1826. It had fallen into rack and ruin by the end of
the 20th century, but has been reopened to the public in 2005 thanks to
a major landscape recovery project orchestrated by FAI, the Italian
It was in 1835, after the Aniene River had burst its banks yet again, that Pope Gregory XVI decided to transform this enchanting but extremely dangerous location into a model of integration between art and nature. The project saw a tunnel being dug through Mount Catillo in order to deviate the river and thus preserve the town of Tivoli. This was then followed by the construction of an extraordinary natural garden dominated by the acropolis with Vesta and Tiburno’s Temples.
As you walk through the thick woodland of Parco Villa Gregoriana you will discover the delightful combination of the majestic landscape and the tranquillity of the paths that meander through it. En route, you will get to the caves of Neptune and of the Sirens, which form part of an incredible series of gorges and cascades, and to the Great Waterfall, with its whirling mass of water that seems to fall directly onto those who stand and gaze at it.