The best way to see the Pincio Gardens may be to take the steps leading up from Piazza del Popolo. In this way, you get a great view of the piazza below before you appreciate all that the gardens have to offer. The Pincio gardens, on the edge of Villa Borghese, were laid out in the early 19th century by Valadier, by order of Napoleon. You can explore the gardens before moving on to the even bigger Villa Borghese. The paths of the Pincio gardens are lined with busts of famous Italians. On Viale dell'Orologio there is Giovanni Embriaco's water clock, built in 1867. Even if you are passing through, it is still worth the time to visit.
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