Sit Back and Relax the Roman Way

If you thought that the gardens of Villa Borghese and Villa Pamphili were the only green spots in the Italian capital, think again. First, there's Lake Eur. It's not ancient, it's not historic, and yet it's one of the most romantic places in the whole of Rome. The Parco del Laghetto dell'Eur was created at the start of the 1960's to provide a vital "green lung" in what was a particularly congested and densely populated part of the city. This is where, beneath the artificial lake, Rome's Aquarium will soon be inaugurated. Whilst waiting for the finishing touches to be made, you can always take a dip in the Piscina delle Rose swimming pool. When the city of Tokyo donated a group of Japanese "sakura" cherry trees to the council of Rome, they were planted in the Parco Laghetto dell'Eur, to line the avenue which is now called the "Passeggiata del Giappone" (the Japanese walkway). The Sakura begin to flower in late March and their blossoming is celebrated in traditional Japanese style.

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