all year round
Bioparco di Roma – viale del Giardino Zoologico, 1. Opening hours: every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adults ticket € 16, children over 1 metre high and under 10 years of age and Senior citizens (65+) € 13, free entry for children under 1 metre high
Tel. 06 3608211 | www.bioparco.it
Inaugurated in 1911, the Biopark (Bioparco) is among the largest and oldest Zoological Gardens in Europe. With a fascinating variety of plants and animals from all over the world, it currently hosts nearly 1.000 animals belonging to over 200 different species. Its main objective is to contribute to general public and school education on a broad range of environmental issues. The ancient concept of a zoo, where rare animals were collected based on the belief that all they needed was feeding, has been superseded by a new structure actively involved in environmental education, conservation of endangered species and scientific research.
On their visits to the park families have the chance to take part in a number of different activities such as interactive teaching labs, zoological and botanical guided tours, theatrical shows and exhibitions, special animal feedings and a picturesque safari-style trip aboard a small train called Bioparco Express. Adults can relax on the lakeside whilst watching their children play on a large vessel-like structure with obstacle races, games, slides and swings.
Given its special setting in the centre of the city – in Villa Borghese – the Biopark can be reached easily either by bus or by metro. The following facilities are available inside the park:
- three coffee bars
- a restaurant
- picnic areas
- Caffè del Parco (coffee bar, self-service restaurant and roof garden)
- a place for meetings, conferences and gala dinners
- a children playground
- Libreria al Bioparco (a bookshop where gifts and books may be bought)