Advantages Varied selection of animals, nice location, good transport
Disadvantages None really
|Is it worth visiting?|
If you’re not feeling so athletic, then the bus or tram is probably a better idea. There is a tram stop directly outside the zoo called Bioparco, which is serviced by routes 3 and 19. Buses No. 3, 52, 53, 926, 217, 360, 910 all go to the zoo.There is a large free parking space outside the zoo if you have hired a car during your stay in Rome.
We enjoyed our afternoon at the Zoo. It is arranged partly in geographical area, so there is an area dedicated to peculiarly Italian animals, a South American area and as African Savannah.They have the usual zoo animals, such as giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, lemurs and a chimp village. They also have pygmy hippos, a penguin theatre, a number of different types of deer and antelope, as well as bears, wolves and African wild dogs. There is a large aviary, which can be accessed either up a rather large flight of steps, or from either side up a gentle slope. We went up the steps, but came down the slope! There is also a snack bar and a small children’s play area up there.
There is a large reptile house, housing such creatures as giant tortoises, crocodiles, numerous lizards, vividly coloured frogs, caimans and the odd-looking axolotls. My husband actually enjoyed this part of the zoo more than any other, taking numerous photos of the brightly coloured and odd-looking creatures.There is a children’s zoo, where little ones can see chickens, rabbits, goats, donkeys and pigs.
The park also has a wide variety of beautiful flowers. Vegetation abounds throughout the park – it’s by no means a series of boxed in, depressed-looking animals in concrete cages. Sometimes you can’t even see the animals through all the green stuff they have in their compounds to make it seem as close to nature as possible.There are various different events and festivals throughout the year – check the website for what’s going on when you’re there.
I’m sure I’m forgetting loads as I’m going through the photos on my camera trying to remember all the animals we saw – there are some I can’t even remember the names of.It’s quite a big park and there is a lot of walking but it’s a nice day out, especially for kids. A must-see!
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