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Bioparco Zoo (Rome, Italy)

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Address: Fondazione Bioparco di Roma Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20 00197 - Roma

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      07.08.2012 16:54
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      Bioparco is Rome's zoo. Although I read guide books before going on holiday, I didn't actually know that Rome had a zoo. It wasn't until I saw a poster in a metro station that we decided to find out where this place was. I do love zoos so I really wanted to go.

      == Getting there ==
      There are multiple ways to get to the zoo and some easier than others. If you want to take the metro, you can get off on red line A at Spagna. To get to the zoo from here you will need to walk through the Borghese Gardens, which is how I found out about the zoo. Buses will take you right to the zoo if you get either of these numbers; 3, 52, 53, 926, 217, 360 or 910. The number 19 tram will also take you to the zoo if you get off at the Bioparco stop. Due to having so many transport options, this is a pretty easy attraction to get to.

      == Animals ==
      This zoo has a great range of animals ranging from small to large. There is something for everyone to enjoy here and I loved exploring all of the different kinds of animals that were housed here. At the smaller end of the scale are amphibians such as frogs and lizards as well as a large selection of birds. These animals are very brightly coloured and even though I don't really like birds, I did like looking at all of the different kinds of frogs. These are housed in a reptile house which also has things like crocodiles, tortoises etc. Reptile houses are always one of my favourite parts of the zoo and Bioparco is no exception. This is a great area with a fantastic range of animals.

      Something that you don't normally see at zoos are wolves but this one has two, named Balto and Romolo. The sign outside their exhibit explains that they were rescued from a zoo in Croatia where they were being mistreated 11 years ago. When I got to this exhibit, I was happy to see both wolves out in the open, walking around and generally looking pretty content. Strangely, as boring as wolves might sound, this was one of my favourite things to see while I was here.

      The zoo also has a lot of more traditional animals such as giraffes, lions, tigers and elephants so it isn't all about being different. However, the more traditional animals are just as good to go and visit. I was so pleased to see that all of the exhibits are large and spacious and it didn't seem as though any of the animals had bad living conditions. I hate to see zoos in foreign countries with really small exhibit areas. The areas surrounding the exhibits are also large and very vividly coloured. There is a lot of green space here which is covered in colourful flowers and trees. The zoo is really pretty and it did make the experience much better than the average zoo.

      == Extras and amenities ==
      Bioparco has plenty of toilets situated all over the zoo. As the land area is quite large, I thought these facilities were fantastic. There is never too far to walk until you find another toilet so this is a really good thing for visitors with children.

      If you want to take your own food for this day out, there are a couple of picnic areas dotted around so you can soak up the sun while you eat. If the weather is nice and you are visiting in the summer, this is a lovely way to relax and have a little bit of a break from walking around and seeing the animals. There is also a restaurant and snack bar at the zoo should you want to buy something there or have a sit down meal. There could be more drinks machines around the site though. It was really hot when we went and it was quite hard to find places to buy more bottles of water.

      The gift shop at Bioparco is just like any other at a zoo. The gift shop sells the usual souvenirs like postcards, soft toys of the animals at the zoo and things like pens and books. I do think that the gift shop could have been a little more exciting and with a better range of items on sale. Children will like the large range of soft toys available to buy and they were really tempting. However, you could end up spending a lot of money here if you have it to spare.

      == Overall ==
      I had a really great time at the zoo and it is definitely worth the trip and the entrance fee, which I didn't think was too steep anyway. The zoo takes a good few hours to get around so at least half a day should be given to this attraction. I highly recommend it.

      == Prices ==
      Adults Euro13.00
      Children over 1 metre and under 12 years of age Euro11.00
      School group leaders and accompanying parents Euro11.00
      National servicemen, security forces (upon presentation of ID) Euro11.00
      Senior citizens (60+) every day except Wednesdays (Euro 4.00*) Euro11.00
      Groups of 15 or more adults Euro11.00

      == Opening Times ==
      1 January - 23 March 

      9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday - Sunday)
      Last admission at 4:00 PM



      24 March - 28 october

      9:30 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday - Sunday)
      Last admission at 5:00 PM



      29 October - 31 December 

      9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday - Sunday)
      Last admission at 4:00 PM

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