Come join the Hortus Urbis’ 6th Birthday on March 18th from 10 am to 1 pm, the educational edible garden in the heart of the beautiful Appia Antica Park.

With “BIMBI IN FESTA” the season’s workshops start and follow every Sunday until June. Workshops on bees, cooking, gardending and watercolor awaits you and readings in the garden too.

Hortus Urbis is the first garden based solely on ancient Roman plants surrounded by the woods and the Almone river. What makes it special is also the fact that an abandoned area has been recovered by the local community activating a participatory process for its realization and management with the help of extraordinary volunteers.


At 10 am “LE API AMICHE DEI BAMBINI” (Ages 0 to 3), in Italian, by Emanuela Marchini and Juri Eugeni – Azienda Agricola Mamma Lù

The pedagogical – educational objective is to approach little children to the fascinating world of bees and honey production and present in a playful way the animal world and inspire perceptive, manipulative and descriptive abilities towards nature.

  • Ages 0 to 3
  • Time: about 50 minutes
  • To sign up see below

At 10 am “IL SEME CHE VERRA’ ”, in Italian, by Hortus Urbis

Hands on workshop dedicated to the little gardener inside us. You will have all you need for the small seeds and your handmade pots and markers to remember. You will take care of your seeds and, if you wish, you can come back with the new sprouts and plant them in the garden’s soil as the first leaves appear!

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Time: about 50 minutes
  • To sign up see below

At 11 am “WATERCOLOR IN THE GARDEN”, in Italian, by Gioia Marchegiani

To paint is beautiful, to paint in nature is good for you! To observe shapes, mix colors, let the paintbrush run on the paper and create. Inspired by nature children are free to give their own interpretation according to their vision and mood. Gioia Marchegiani, painter and illustrator, will follow the children introducing them to water color techniques to improve their expression, confidence and self-esteem.

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Time: about 50 minutes
  • To sign up see below

At 12 am “MANI IN PASTA: CHE PIZZA”, in Italian, by EU’S, Il buono fatto bene

With flour and imagination children will make the dough that will be baked in the garden’s oven. Each child, hands in the dough will have its own hand made pizza and personalize it decorating with herbs and vegetables to make its own portrait!

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Time: about 50 minutes
  • To sign up see below


Readings from books selected by Cristiana Pezzetta

  • All ages
  • Donation recommended (from 2 euro)
  • Sign up on the spot


It is strongly recommended to sign up with an advanced payment on line. Every workshop costs 10 euro per child or 8 euro with Carta amici del Parco, except for the readings.

To sign up send an email to

Be sure to send the email by 12 am  of Friday March 16th. You will receive payment instructions.

It is possible to sign up on the spot only for the remaining availability 10 euro per child payment on site.

Picnic area on site


For information:





Twitter: @zappataromana#HortusUrbis


Hortus Urbis at the former paper mill “ Cartiera Latina”, via Appia Antica, 42 /50 (near the fountain)

Bike: Cristoforo Colombo bike route and Circonvallazione Ardeatina.

Bus: 118 on the Appia Antica (Domine Quo Vadis stop) or 30express, 2018, 714 and 715 (Cristoforo Colombo/Bavastro stop or Cristoforo Colombo/Circonvallazione Ostiense stop) and then short walk along the Circonvallazione Ardeatina in the Scott Park.

Car: parking at via Carlo Conti Rossini, Largo Gavaligi, via Omboni, via Scott and surroundings and then short walk along the Circonvallazione Ardeatina in the Scott Park.

Share →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>