The Parco archeologico del Colosseo is more than just an archaeological site; it’s also a sprawling green area that encompasses over 40 hectares (counting just the Roman Forum and Palatine areas) in the heart of Rome. A “nature reserve” where the spontaneous vegetation typical to the Mediterranean area grows alongside the towering trees planted in centuries past, allowing visitors to experience the spirit of the ancient imperial gardens and the Renaissance-era Farnese Gardens, which both decorated the venerable hill at various points in history. This green area is also the habitat of choice for a wide array of small mammals, reptiles, insects and birds.
To make the most out of the exceptional natural area that has been passed down to us and to contribute to the development of sustainable economy in its various aspects, the Parco archeologico del Colosseo is launching the new “PArCo Green” project.
The project draws inspiration from the very varied concept of “Green Economy” and comprises a number of different initiatives, united by the common goal of reducing our environmental footprint and therefore cutting back on pollution and conserving the ecosystem and its biodiversity, promoting a lifestyle in greater harmony with our natural environment, using its resources responsibly and without damaging it. Our activities range from waste and materials recycling to pilot projects for eco-sustainable restoration; from gathering the PArCo’s spontaneous plants and fruits to planting the ancient and Renaissance-era aromatics linked to the history of our site, and much, much more. In collaboration with the PArCo’s Education, Teaching and Training Services, we’ve successfully created green economy educational projects aimed at visitors of all ages… and, now more than ever, even at our virtual visitors.