Rome Zoo “Bioparco” Hours, Price & Location
Also known as “Bioparco” or Zoological Garden, Rome Zoo is located in the charming setting of Villa Borghese Park.
The main goal of the Bioparco zoo is to “contribute to general public and school education on a broad range of environmental issues.”
The old zoo of Rome was turned into a bio park in 1998, Today maintains more than 200 different species, including tigers, lions, bears, elephants, hippos and loads of interesting plants.
Some of the animals were confiscated due to illegal possessions, while the others were all born in captivity. The reptile house is especially impressive and plenty of information are provided.
Rome zoo is perfect for a family day out! Plus, it is located inside one of the most amazing Public parks in Rome, Villa Borghese. So once you are done visiting the zoo we recommend you stroll through the gardens which offer a great escape from the heat!
Quick Tip: if you are planning to visit the zoo and spend some hours there, bring some food and water with you, since the caffè inside the Bioparco is quite expensive and doesn’t offer many options.
|Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm|
|Best Time To Visit: 10.00am or 3.00 pm|
|Accessibility: Partially Accessible|
How to Visit
1PLAN YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE
– Families traveling with kids: don’t forget to add the Bioparco to your Travel List!
2CHECK IN ADVANCE THE BEST TIME VISIT
– Springtime and Summertime: 10.00am or 3.00pm;
– Fall and Wintertime: from 10.30am to 4.30pm;
3WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
– Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
– Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat
The Zoo is open every day:
From January the 1st to 24th of March: 09.30am – 05.00pm;
From March the 25th to 29th of October: 09.30am – 06.00pm;
From October the 30th to 31st of December: 09.30am – 05.00pm;
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS:
From March the 25th to 1st of October: 09.30am-07.00pm – only Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Last entrance 60 minutes before closing time.
Night time openings: only for meetings and special events.
Due to the zoo animals’ needs, these exhibits will be closed at the following times:
FELINES(lions, lynxes, leopards, tigers)
60 minutes before closing time
45 minutes before closing time
GIRAFFES, BEARS, ELEPHANTS
30 minutes before closing time
60 minutes before closing time
Children over 1 metre high and under 10 years of age: €13.00
School group leaders and accompanying parents: €11.00
Disabled people: €10.00
Groups of 15 or more adults: €13.00
Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
The Bioparco is mostly accessible.
+39 06 360 82 11
How to Reach
1FROM THE CITY CENTER TO “BIOPARCO” ZOO
Tram Stop “Bioparco”:
Metro Station (Red or A Line /Stop “Flaminio/Piazza del Popolo”):
Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 1, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Rome “Bioparco” Historical Facts
The Zoological Garden was inaugurated in Rome in 1911 by Carl Hagenbeck, a German merchant of animals who was famous for having built the zoo of Hamburg.
The zoo extends for 17 hectares north of Villa Borghese and soon became one of the most important zoos in Europe. By that time the zoo was a miserable place, where animals were collected for the fun of people. Hence the playful aspect was the main focus of the zoo. During the Great War the zoo was abandoned, undergoing a slow but inexorable decline.
During the Italian economic boom between 1950’s and 1960’s, the Zoological Gardens became once again one of the favourite destinations for Roman families and tourists.
It was in 1998 that the zoo was turned into a bio park, and in 2004 the Municipality of Rome completely changed the mission of the structure. Since then the pio park has become a place of research, preservation of endangered species and education.
The Foundation of “Bioparco di Roma” organises guided tours, seminars and events, especially addressing groups of students to increase awareness about animols and plants.
The botanical aspect is also quite interesting. The pio park houses more than 800 species among grasses and hubs, and nearly 1200 species of trees. A thematic area shows 3d models to help youngsters and grown up to observe insects such as butterflies and ants.
Bioparco Zoo FAQ
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