Renovation work at Rome’s Villa Celimontana has been completed and the villa on the Caelian Hill best known for its gardens can now boast an eco-friendly redesign. The restyled area comprises an area of about 20,000 square meters between the square in front of the Italian Geographical Society and the park's secondary entrance near Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
The project, which was concluded with more than a year’s delay amid some controversies, features some 35 new varieties of trees, a re-styling of the gardens, new eco-friendly and draining flooring along the garden’s paths, restored fountains and benches, a new irrigation system, and tanks to collect rainwater in order to prevent flooding.
Villa Celimontana is located in the south-east of Rome in the Rione Celio and was built in the 16th century. The main entrance is near Piazza della Navicella, beside the Basilica Santa Maria in Domnica. It is a popular public park in Rome.