30 June 2015
THE ANCIENT ‘SECRET GARDEN’ OF THE HOTEL DE RUSSIE
The historical garden of the Hotel de Russie, extending from Via del Babuino up to the Pincian Hill and then merging into the Villa Borghese Park, was originally a modest vineyard adjoining an ancient plot of land which at the beginning of the 17th Century Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese acquired to create a ‘Villa of Delights”.
It was later redesigned by architect Giuseppe Valadier, who with an ‘eighteenth-century’ project adapted it to the fashion of the time and created a garden with architectural pieces, walking paths and rest areas by erecting green banks and creating cool areas with a small waterfall running between three nymphaeums.
The present day restructuring of the ‘Secret Garden’, that takes this name because it is hidden by the building that overlooks Via del Babuino, has been given to a landscape architect - Antonella Daroda who brought it back to its original look. By doing so the centennial tall trees has been safeguarded and the lawns and flowerbeds restored. In order to give the garden a lush Mediterranean look, old rose bushes with delicate shades of white and cream were planted, as well as orange trees, favouring the bitter orange variety whose fruits last for many months.
A discreet and spectacular lighting complements the beauty of the ancient garden where, in a magnificent atmosphere, the restaurant ‘Le Jardin de Russie’ is opened during the summer months.
The ‘Secret Garden’ has become an elegant and celebrated meeting point for Hotel guests and Roman society.
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Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
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