This is one of my favourite parks in Rome, in part because it’s so uniquely Roman. Where else but Rome would you find an enormous park filled with the vast remains of ancient aqueducts? The park has a dramatic, cinematic quality that has been recognised by numerous directors – it appears in “La Dolce Vita” and “La Grande Bellezza”, to name just a couple of films. It was also the scene of the recent assassination of Fabrizio Piscitelli (“Diabolik”), the leader of a gang of Lazio Ultras.
But don’t let this one targeted crime put you off. The Parco degli Acquedotti is perfectly safe and during the day it’s full of families playing football or having picnics. I first visited the park because I wanted to see the aqueducts, but I’ve been going back for the atmosphere and the sense of space. It’s a popular park with local families, but it’s so huge (nearly 600 acres) that it’s easy to get away from the crowds. A place for relaxation and contemplation – reflect on the fact that the aqueducts are still standing, when so many ancient monuments and palaces have disappeared without a trace.