Colle Oppio Park or Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) next to the Colosseum

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The Colle Oppio Park/ Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) next to the Colosseum with the remnants of the "Domus Aurea" (Nero's villa) was created here in 1938 by the project of Raffaele De Vico with the goal to make an appropriate environment for the imposing ruins of the Baths of Trajan. In the Colle Oppio park near the Colosseum there are some ruins of the Terme di Traiano (Baths of Traiano), which were constructed for the emperor of Apollodoro in 110 AD. This had the aim of making the city centre more attractive in accordance with a plan that had begun during the Napoleonic era.

Colle Oppio Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) next to the Colosseum
This Napoleonic Park with fountain and garden is termed to be as an archaeological park and consists of the ancient ruins of the city of Rome. The park has the presence of the terracotta amphoras called as the Canestro’s fountain and has the decoration of the nymphaea tufa. It was mainly constructed for dedicating to the Nero and Trajan and for the various other statues and monuments.
Fountain of Colle Oppio park (Fontane del parco del Colle oppio)
Fountain of Colle Oppio park (Fontane del parco del Colle oppio)

Colle Oppio Park/ Oppian Hill Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) was decorated with the fountains, statues and marbles, access gates made of travertine and gardening works, that included planting of 2500 roses. At the top of the stairs leading to an exit to Via Labicana is a bronze statue of Alfredo Oriani, by Ercole Drei. Unfortunately, at present the Oppian Park is in the state of abandon. Also there are Nymphaea with tufa decorations, fountains dedicated to Nero and Trajan, and many different statues.
stunning view of Domus Aurea (Golden Palace) from Colle Oppio Park
Stunning view of Domus Aurea (Golden Palace) from Colle Oppio Park

Every summer in 'Parco del Colle Oppio' (an archaeological quarter of Rome) the best of Italian cabaret artists perform on alternate evenings, offering entertainment. Concerts are also organised. Live music and two disco bars follow the stand-up acts until 3am. One area offers food and drink, a disco bar for the young, a 'baby parking' section. Another area is dedicated to art exhibitions.

Colle Oppio park provides a welcome respite from busy tourist itineraries. It’s a favoured spot for locals as well. If you’re travelling with children, there’s a tiny playground toward the back of the park. From the park you can enjoy beautiful views of the most important monuments in Rome like the Roman Colosseum, Via dei Fori Imperiali and the Arch of Costantine. Colle Oppio cafe is one of the best Rome cafes where you can enjoy your cappuccino with a view on your next visit to Rome.

Address:
Colle Oppio Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) next to the Colosseum
22 Viale Parco del Celio (viale del Monte Oppio)
Via Mecenate
Entrances: Via Labicana, Viale del Monte Oppio, Via Mecenate.
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo - S.Giovanni - S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Colle Oppio Park (Parco del Colle Oppio) next to the Colosseum is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "66"
Hours: Open from dawn to dusk.
Phone: +39 06 700 1569

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