Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio)

The Colosseum in the background as you walk into the park

The Colosseum in the background as you walk into the park

Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) is situated across the road from the Colosseum and is a must for any parent in Rome.

Being only a few minutes walk from some of the main Ancient Roman historical sites,  it’s a great reprieve for both kids and parents.

We were told of it by one the Big Bus Tour operators as we walked from the Colosseum to Termini one day.

The park itself is huge, with many gardens and paths running through the ruins of Ancient Rome, leading ultimately to a playground at the far end.

There is a small cafe serving drinks and snacks too.

You can read what others have to say on TripAdvisor.

The Playground of Parco del Colle Oppio

2016-04-23 11.31.34With swings and slides, Clarrie had a wonderful time.  We’d just been walking around the outside of the Forum and Colosseum, so he was definitely ready for some run around time.

The park got more use out of us as our week in Rome continued.  Being so close to so many of the sights makes it very easy to get to at a moments notice.

We got to meet some of the locals, as we all spoke the national language of parenthood.  The kids played together wonderfully, and it was lovely to see Clarrie having such a great time.

The Ruins of Parco del Colle Oppio

Historically it’s pretty amazing too, housing ruins of The Baths of Titus and The Baths of Trajan, as well as parts of Nero’s Villa (Domus Aurea) which actually sit under the park. There are many parts of this enormous structure still visible as you walk through the park on your way up to the playground.  Pretty impressive considering they’re around 2000 years old!

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