For many children, but also for adults, the Bioparco Rome, the zoo, is a worthwhile destination. Read here, what you can experience in the Biopark Rome and how to get there.
It was designed by Carl Hagenbeck, famous zoo expert from Hamburg, and opened in 1911. In 1998 it was converted into a biopark – Italian Bioparco. The objectives of the Bioparco of Rome are the protection of endangered species and the introduction of children and young people to nature worth preserving.
What you can experience in the zoo
The biopark has a size of around 12 hectares, which is on average the European zoos. But it is well structured so you can see almost everything in a few hours. In the park you will also find a picnic area.
The Biopark is home to around 220 species from all continents. In addition, there is a collection of Mediterranean plants in the Biopark.
The Biopark offers the following exhibitions and zones:
The enclosure of the Sumatra Tiger with a size of around 1,000 m²
The enclosure of the orangutans with an area of 320 m²
The exhibition of the Komodo Dragon
The enclosure of the smallest monkeys in the world
The reptile house
The big aviary
Das Tal der Bären auf einer Fläche von rund 3.500 m²
The Valley of the Bears on an area of approximately 3,500 m²
The chimpanzee village
The enclosure of the Katta lemurs
The giraffe house
The enclosure of Asian lions
The oasis on the lake with Picnic area
Thematic events for children take place almost every weekend in the Biopark. The children get playful information about a particular species or topics such as life under water or forests of the world.
Very popular is the Biopark for birthday parties. In addition, the Biopark offers summer camps for children aged 4 to 12 from mid-June to early September. If you want your children to learn Italian, you can register and they learn the language in a fun way.
Admission and opening hours
The Bioparco Rome has the following opening times:
Summer (end of March – end of October) 9:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays until 7 pm
Winter (end of October – end of March) 9:30 am – 5 pm
The entrance ends one hour before closing
The Bioparco Rome has the following entrance fees:
Adults: 16 euros
Children up to 1 meter in size: free
Children up to 10 years and over 1 meter tall: 13 euros
Seniors from 65 years: 13 euros – on Wednesday 6 euros
Groups of at least 15 people: 13 euros
Disabled and disabled persons: 10 Euro
Companion of disabled persons with ID: free
The Bioparco Express costs 1.50 euros
How to get to the Biopark
The Biopark Rome is located onnorth side of the park of Villa Borghese. So you can walk through the villa and arriveto in about 15 minutes from the Pincio above Piazza del Popolo, from the Flaminio metro station or from Via Veneto to the Biopark.
From the Pincio, take the Via delle Magnolie and go straight on until you come to the Biopark. From the Flaminio metro station, take the ascent on Via di Villa Ruffo and continue along Via degli Orti Giustiniani until you reach the gate of the villa. Behind it lies the lake of Villa Borghese with the Temple of Aesculapius. At the end of the fenced park with the lake you have to turn left towards the zoo. From Via Veneto take the footpath to the Borghese Gallery and then turn left at the gallery.
At the biopark, the tram stops lines 3 and 19. The bus is a bit more complicated. If you are coming from the city center, get off at the Pinciana / Museo Borghese stop and walk past the Borghese Gallery to the zoo. On the way back to the city center you can follow the indications for the tram and then find on the right the bus stop Bioparco / Mercadante with the lines 52, 223 and 910.