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Typology: National Park

Address

Address: Via Gomenizza, 81
Zone: Quartiere Della Vittoria (Roma centro)
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Ingressi: Viale dei Casali Mellini, Viale del Parco della Vittoria, Via della Camilluccia, Via E. De Amicis, Via dei Casali di S. Spirito, Via dei Colli della Farnesina, Via Gomenizza

Contacts

Telephone: RomaNatura 06 35405326 dalle ore 9.00 alle ore 14.00 - Ecopoint 06 35405310
Fax: 0039 06 35491519

Opening times

Open from dawn to dusk

Description

The Park of Monte Mario lies in the north-west region of Rome and is named after the highest of the Farnesina hills (139 metres) dominating the Tiber valley. Geologically, the area is composed of sands and gravels yielding many fossils. The site was settled as early as prehistoric times and in the ancient Roman period had many residential villas. During the Middle Ages it was used for vineyards and vegetable gardens, while from the Renaissance the noble families of Rome chose the hill as a place of residence because of its dominating position overlooking the city. One of the most illustrious examples of Renaissance villa is the Villa Madama. Other historical villas are situated inside the park and include Villa Mazzanti and Villa Mellini, the latter housing the famous Astronomical Observatory. The park has many plant species that form a unique arrangement in Rome: from Mediterranean woodland with holm-oaks and cork-trees to a mixed woodland with hornbeams, maples, hazels, lime-trees and cornels; while the wettest areas contain white poplars. The fauna includes rodents, such as the dormouse and long-tailed field mouse, and various bird species such as the kite, grey heron, peregrine falcon, hoopoe and kestrel.

Services

» Equipped Playing Area for Children

See also

Culture and leisure › Cultural heritage › Architectural and historical heritage
Culture and leisure › Green › Gardens, villas and urban parks
Culture and leisure › Green › Gardens, villas and urban parks
Last checked: 2013-05-24 12:04