Temple of Asclepius

Temple of Asclepius, Rome

Temple of Asclepius
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dapper777
Monaco32,018 contributions
Lovely temple on a pond
May 2020 • Friends
The temple is located in the artificial islet near the Garden of the Lake of Villa Borghese.
It was built in 1786 and dedicated to a Roman god of Greek origin, Aesculapius, the god of medicine.
The temple is in Ionic style, with some Hellenistic statuettes on the triangular pediment, and, inside, an aedicule with the statue of Aesculapius.
In the small pond you can see ducks, fish, turtles..
Nothing extraordinary, but if you pass through Villa Borghese, stop for a while because there are two comfortable benches nearby.
It is the ideal place to relax.
Enjoy the coolness of the ancient trees and then resume your journey.
Written 10 November 2020
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Malgorzata
10,460 contributions
Charming nook
May 2019
The Temple of Asclepius is located on the artificial islet of the lake in Giardino del Lago at Villa Borghese. It is a small temple in the Ionic style built in 1785–1792 by Antonio and Mario Asprucci and by Cristoforo Unterperger and dedicated to the god of medicine. Calm and beautiful place, full of green, there are some ducks near the lake. You can also see carps and turtles along the banks of the pond. Moreover, you can hire a boat for rowing on the lake. Really a charming place .
Written 7 March 2020
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Khashim
London, UK25 contributions
Lovely place to visit! Lots to do as a couple or family.
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lovely place to visit. You can row boats at their lake, ride a Segway around the park and more. We spent about 1.5 hours there, which is more than enough time to get through everything. It wasn’t too busy when we went. Lots of walking!
Written 24 February 2020
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ClaireH
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
A perfect place to spend a day in Rome
Aug 2019
We rowed on the lake (€3 per person) for a while, and got to get very close to the temple itself. There really isn't a more beautiful place to spend time in Rome.
Written 27 January 2020
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Peter H
Fredericksburg, VA444 contributions
Ancient Roman Medicina
May 2019 • Solo
A replica of the ancient temple can be found at Villa Borghese, but the original structure was on Tiber Island. According to the internet, it seems like, up until the first century, medical problems were relegated to the Greek God, Asclepios. However, derived from the battlefield need, I think the common medical procedure and medical instruments were invented to: cut the skin with a scalpel and remove pieces of arrow with the forceps.
If you were a big fan of the 1970’s TV show MASH, you could see Alan Alda perform this very same procedure many times, as it applied to shrapnel.
According to the internet, you can see an exhibit, at UVA, of the medical tools invented by the ancient Romans: the scalpel and the forceps.
Written 13 July 2019
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MrVilvoorde
Elewijt, Belgium38 contributions
Beautiful and quiet area.
Jun 2019 • Couples
Great to relax and enjoy nature. The area is beautiful and quiet, in the lovely surrounding park of Villa Borghese.
Written 3 June 2019
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NKennedy00
County Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
A very special place; inspiring, relaxing and romantic.
May 2019 • Couples
A 10 minute walk from Piazzo del Popolo, this was well worth the visit.
We rented a boat for 6€ for two people, and it was one of the highlights of our 5 day trip to Rome. We enjoyed sundown and watching the light change so drastically over the temple from the boat.

The temple itself is dedicated to the Greek demi-God of medicine, healing, rejuvenation and physicians. It is very special place for contemplation or prayer.

We also saw a mother and baby turtle coming up for air, at the corner of the lake, it was amazing! We stopped rowing so as not to scare them away.
Written 19 May 2019
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StavrosValentina
Athens, Greece319 contributions
Nature above all
Aug 2018 • Couples
Nature combined with history and medicine. Worth a tour on the lake, where you can admire the temple from every corner!
Written 27 March 2019
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Chez_Rita
Oslo, Norway31 contributions
Place for calmness and contemplation
Apr 2018 • Solo
In the busy and touristic Rome with BIG sites, this place is tiny and different. If you first move towards Gallery Borghese of just the Borghese park, go for this hidden jewel! There is a wonderful calmness around this place, and it is, in beautiful weather, lake a painting or a small glossy picture. It might be a good idea to have an idea of how to row if you would choose to try a rowing boat on the lake (or pond...).
Written 20 March 2019
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Nicked2016
Cobham, UK573 contributions
Beautiful lake with rowing boats for hire
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you are in the area this is worth a visit. The lake is in the centre of the "villa Borghese" park. The temple is beautiful to look at and makes a great photo. The boats were great fun and very reasonable to hire. A nice change in pace to our busy day!
Written 5 February 2019
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