Opening hours Open 9:30-17:00 from November to 25 March and 9:30-18:00 from 26 March until 31 October. Last entrance is an hour before closing time, at which point they also start to reduce access to some of the exhibits.
Ticket prices Entry to Bioparco costs €16/€13.
See also the official website of the zoo at Bioparco.it.
Bioparco, the large zoo at the northern edge of Rome's Villa Borghese park, has had something of a mixed reputation over the years. One of Europe's oldest zoos, opened originally in 1911, its facilities were outdated and the the animals were not always kept in the best conditions. However, following a recent facelift and rebranding, there have been many improvements.
There is still room for more (some of the cages and enclosures do seem a little small) but the rechristened Bioparco is at least heading in the right direction.
Things to See
Once you've spent some time wandering around the usual range of lions, tigers, camels, bears, zebras, giraffes, (etc...), it's worth taking a look at the reptile house. There are also areas dedicated to owls, Komodo dragons, and a range of temporary exhibits.