Located on the edge of Villa Borghese, the Bioparco di Roma is one of the oldest zoos in Europe, a conservation center and a great children’s respite from days of trekking through the Ancient City. The original entrance the zoo is a beautiful example of Italian turn-of-the-century architecture, an embracing art nouveau gate that welcomes you into a 21st century biopark where nearly 1000 animals representing over 200 different species reside. Like most zoos, the Bioparco offers animal feedings, learning sessions with both adult and baby animals, reptilian house and a large Noah’s ark inspired playground. In general, it is a great escape for younger children who need to run around and also be stimulated– not just inspired by art and culture. It also must be noted that the bioparco is a partial botanical garden, boasting more than 1000 different varieties of trees, some of which are very old and rare. In the hotter months (end of June through August), the bioparco can be rather balmy and the animals are not as active, so plan early mornings or later in the afternoon visits.
Open daily from 9:30 to 5pm (April 2 through September 25 through 6pm).