Rome's parakeets

Ever noticed the green parakeets flying around Rome and wondered what they were and how they came to be living in the city? Rome actually has two distinct species: the rose-ringed parakeet (above), a...

Rome's Zoology Museum: Diverso per natura

22 Dec-30 June. Rome's Museum of Zoology hosts an exhibition showcasing the biodiversity of the capital and its hinterland, based on the museum's latest findings. The capital's parks and ancient ru...

Hortus Urbis: Natura in Città

24 Feb. Hortus Urbis, the open-air programme of activities dedicated to gardening ancient Rome-style, presents Natura in Città, a course on gardening, basket-making, rose pruning and tree pruning, on...

Festa della Mamma at Rome's Bioparco

14 May. Rome's Bioparco celebrates Festa della Mamma on Sunday 14 May with Naturalmente mamme, a family-orientated programme of events showcasing maternal characteristics in the animal world. For deta...

Strawberry moon for summer solstice in Rome

This year there will be a rare June full moon, known as the strawberry moon, on the night of the Summer Solstice on 20 June, the longest day in the year. This will be the first time in almost 70 ye...

Festival del Verde

15-17 May. The fifth edition of the Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio takes place on the roof gardens of Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica.     The three-day festival dedica...

Roseto Comunale

Rome’s municipal rose garden on the Aventine hill opens this year from 21 April until 14 June. There are two separate sections overlooking the Palatine hill and Circo Massimo: the upper garden with...

Rose gardening lessons in Rome

Rome residents can learn all about the theory and practice of rose gardening during two special appointments in February, organised by the city's Roseto Comunale rose garden in collaboration with the...

Japanese Gardens in Rome

Due to popular demand, the gardens of Rome's Japanese Cultural Institute have extended their May opening to 5-20 June. The institute's gardens are the work of the renowned garden designer Ken Nakaj...

Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio

The fourth edition of the Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio takes place on the roof gardens of the Auditorium Parco della Musica from 16-18 May. The three-day festival dedicated to gardening, land...

Eclipse of the Hunter's Moon

Observant Rome residents may notice a subtle lunar eclipse at 01.50 on the night between 18 and 19 October. The eclipse involves the "Hunter's Moon" being partially shaded by the earth's prenumbral...

Vedo Doppio

Rome's Museum of Zoology presents Vedo Doppio, Panorami a pellicola tra natura e città (I see double, panoramic photos between nature and the city), an unusual photography exhibition by Ludovic...

Ancient Roman gardening

Hortus Urbis, a new open-air festival dedicated to gardening ancient Rome-style takes place in the Appia Antica park every Sunday, from 10.00, from 29 September until 30 November. The family-orie...

Bat Night in Rome

Rome's Museum of Zoology presents "Bat Night - La notte dei pipistrelli" on Saturday 13 July at 19.45. The 2.5-hr tour takes place in the environs of Villa Borghese, the large park surrounding the mus...

Butterflies & Co.

Rome's Bioparco launched a new butterfly-themed exhibition area called "Butterflies & Co. A microcosm to discover", on 19 April. Visitors can stroll though the 80-sqm heated greenhouse in the c...

Floracult

The fourth edition of Floracult, the popular floral and amateur gardening festival, takes place in the La Storta area of north Rome from 26-28 April, from 10.00-19.00. Over 100 exhibitors from all...

Ninfa Gardens

The spectacular Ninfa Gardens south of Rome reopen to the public on 31 March, Easter Sunday, after their annual winter closure. The gardens can be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of each mont...

The Gardens of Ninfa

Open April-November. Situated 70 km south-east of Rome near Sermoneta at the foot of the Lepini mountains, the town of Ninfa is home to one of Italy

JAPANESE CULTURAL INSTITUTE.

6-28 May 2011. The traditional gardens surrounding the Japanese Cultural Institute feature streams, a waterfall, small islands in ponds and an ornamental bridge, as well as cherry trees, wisteria, iri...

ROSETO COMUNALE

May-June 2011. Following the prestigious annual international rose trials known as the Premio Roma, Rome

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