Villa Gordiani is an archaeological park along the via Prenestina, which has a couple of features that I greatly appreciate: it is a park never too crowded, nor too big.
Its name comes from the remains of a huge mansion of the Gordian imperial family, including the basements of a basilica and ancient thermal baths, which are still visible inside the park. With these several, fascinating archaeological sites within its area, Villa Gordiani has that typical charm of certain peripheral green areas of Rome, despite being not too far from downtown: this is what makes of it an adorable synthesis of aspects usually belonging to a variety of Roman parks.
Furthermore, it has a kind of rustic charm, particularly during weekends when plenty of locals are spending their time here: you can see entire families gathering inside the Villa, especially from spring time, when the lawns start to gain a range of beautiful colors thanks to the blooming flowers.
No wonder if I consider myself particularly lucky, then, for living now very close to this park!
Villa Gordiani is a great place for morning footing (once in a while I still go there for this, even if I’m now getting a bit lazy!), or for a walk with your dog, or just for relaxing and sunbathing (great!), especially if you’re going to spend some days in Rome during its hottest months: almost every outdoor activities comes out well here (I even saw religious groups celebrating mass outdoors here, on Sundays!).