Bioparco di Roma, or the Rome Zoo has recently renamed itself the Bioparco. They try their best to make it a more modern, environmentally worthy zoo .
The zoo is handily labelled with signposts. At the entrance you will get a map, and trust me.. you will need that map more than ever during your visit.
The park has added environmental education to it goals
Arrive before closing time at 5pm, as many of the habitats close early to house the animals and you won’t be able to see the animals being fed. Arrange to visit Bioparco di Roma in the early morning and stay out of the hot sun. Bioparco di Roma is good for a day out with the children, this zoo has been remodeled along eco-friendly lines: there is now more space for the animals, most of which were brought from other zoos or born from animals already in captivity.
The animals and other entertainment in the zoo
There aren’t any rhinos, koalas, pandas, or polar bears, but there are big cats, elephants, chimpanzees, and local brown bears from Abruzzo among others.
Other features include the Reptilarium, the Bioparco train (€2) a picnic area next to the flamingos, and a farm with donkeys.
The zoo provides a nice alternative activity for tourists, and entertainment for children who may be bored of static sights. They offer playgrounds on multiple places inside the zoo.
There are plenty of shady spots to sit and rest, complete with drinking water fountains and picnic benches. Don’t forget to take a water bottle with you.
Cafes and restaurants
There’s a small cafe by the zoo entrance, and up on the rooftop there is an pricy restaurant. (open in the daytime and evenings) with a fine view over the giraffes. Although the food was perfectly fine and the burgers were big! Large ranges of drinks too.
Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
00197 – Roma
Rome’s Zoo is located in the Villa Borghese park area, on Viale del Giardino Zoologico. It’s close to the route of trams number 3 and 19. You can also walk across the park from the Spanish Steps or Piazza del Popolo (Spagna and Flaminio on Metro Linea A)