Bioparco

Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico 1, Rome

3.5

Bioparco di Roma is a 17-hectare zoological garden located on part of the original Villa Borghese estate in Rome. There are 1,114 animals of 222 species maintained there. The zoo was conceived in 1908 to hold exotic animal species for exhibition. Unlike other zoos at the time which mainly worked for scientific criteria, this zoo was designed for the entertainment and amusement of the people.The Bioparco offers families a rich and varied calendar of events all year round. On their visits to the Bioparco families have the chance to take part in a number of different activities such as interactive teaching labs; zoological and botanical guided tours; meeting members of staff and taking part in events such as theatrical shows and exhibitions. Tickets' prices are €16.00 for adults and €13.00 for children.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Tue

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Wed

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Thu

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Fri

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Sat

    09:30 - 17:00

  • Sun

    09:30 - 17:00

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Reviews

  • Jacqui Farnham

    3
    - 27 August 2018 -

    Located in the beautiful Villa Borghese (where parking is free) the Bioparco zoo reeks of faded glory. The gates alone make you feel you’re entering a lost world of Victorian zoology. The sensation continues as you move around the zoo. Most of the animals seemed happy enough and there is a great exhibit about preventing the smuggling of exotic animals (and other diverse items, including fake organic jam). A lot of the enclosures did appear small to us though. In particular the seals seemed a bit miserable. We watched the daily seals show; and the keepers didn’t seem to be at all engaged with the animals, or with us. In response to whistling and in exchange for fish, the seals did a few tricks and came out of the water to have some rudimentary checks. The keepers spoke neither to us nor the seals (nor even to each other). Perhaps it is best for seals not to have a huge amount of engagement from their keepers, but I felt sorry for these highly intelligent and (in the wild) highly active animals; confined to a small leaf-filled pool with little to engage their busy brains. Similarly the small Asian elephant seemed somewhat forlorn. Perhaps we should have given it a miss, but we do love a good zoo. I’m just not sure this is a good zoo.

  • Stefano Prina

    4
    - 21 August 2018 -

    Very nice park in Villa Borghese, you can find all kind of animals. A joy for the kids, highly recommended for families. Nice to see the feeding of the different animals.

  • Andrei Ungurianu

    4
    - 09 August 2018 -

    Amazing location and exhibit of animals. The only down side is the lack of bars or places to get a drink from, even though I visited in the middle of the summer (only the places outside the entry gate were open). Thankfully, there were some vending machines scattered.

  • Russell DeGoursey

    5
    - 07 August 2018 -

    On a bus route. Reasonably priced. Larger than we expected. Enough shade on a hot summer day. My 17 yo and I both enjoyed a leisurely day at the zoo. Just make sure you have round trip bus fare!

  • Mike Thuringer

    3
    - 02 August 2018 -

    We went to the museum then we went to the zoo and walked around the park it’s a grateful day the zoo is really a lot better than I would’ve expected it was pretty nice people there were awesome I definitely would do that trip again

  • Walter D.

    5
    - 19 July 2018 -

    Nice zoo, it's quite small so it's fast to visit. If you have some spare time in Rome, it's actually nice to have look. Recommended.

  • Brynn Bennett

    4
    - 03 July 2018 -

    At 16€ per adult, it was a little pricey compared to free zoos in the USA. That said, it was a cute, clean, and easy-to-navigate zoo. Some areas were undergoing renovation as they continue to improve. Midday on a Tuesday, there was almost no crowds—possibly due to the hot Roman summer. Some of the animals appeared in distress, possibly due to the heat, smaller enclosures, loneliness, or a byproduct of captivity. The Asian elephant comes to mind in particular. The primates were particularly amusing and rather cheeky. See the photo for one example who happily posed for a picture. Overall, a decent zoo.

  • Charlotte Douglas

    3
    - 23 June 2018 -

    An enjoyable day, the zoo had many great animals and enclosures with signs in English and Italian! All but one food stall was closed. Be warned, seagulls will attack you for your food, be careful!!!

  • Carol Felton

    4
    - 21 June 2018 -

    There is a lot of working going on to increase some of the animals enclosures. Not a big zoo, but bit enough for a good visit. Some animals were not overly happy, others seemed very contented. The amphibian house is not to be missed. I'm usually a fan of these, this one was different They have a childrens area, but not a petting area. Used free map to find way round, because of work not always correct (May 2018) They have lots of notices talking about conservation of animals Don't go expecting a safari park, its an improvement on the 1960s zoos of uk

  • Lupo

    5
    - 16 June 2018 -

    Fun and informative. It's very important to try to attend feeding times since the staff not only help gather the animals for viewing but also explain a lot about the species as well as the specific animal traits present amongst the ones in the enclosure.

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