A Prehistoric Animal Theme Park
Parco della Resistenza
Via della Repubblica, San Lazzaro di Savena - Bologna (BO)
Dinosaurs in Flesh and Bone - an exhibition conceived and launched in Italy - is now in San Lazzaro di Savena with a spectacular new set-up that has transformed it into an authentic prehistoric theme park.
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are the undeniable protagonists: indeed, there are 36 models - all rigorously life-sized, some gigantic - that tell the story of the evolution of life on Earth. Prominent among these are beloved and famous reptiles of the Mesozoic, such as T-rex and the spinosaur, as well as species that once lived in Italy, such as Scipionyx - a dinosaur known from a fossilized hatchling nicknamed "Ciro" - the hadrosaur Tethyshadros, the titanosaur known as "Tito", and the carnivorous Saltriovenator.
The inclusion of prehistoric mammals makes a visit to the theme park the natural complement to a trip to the Luigi Donini Museum of Prehistory, which is devoted to fossilized remains and reconstructions of animals that once lived in the environs of Bologna and to the recounting of the history of human evolution. Over 50 species are represented at the park and museum, making the San Lazzaro di Savena exhibition circuit the richest themed area of its kind in Italy.
Visitors will be led through prehistory along a route immersed in a very evocative natural setting - indeed, the theme park is also a proper botanical garden assembled from trees and bushes that hark back to a very distant past.
The poses and gestures given to the ancient creatures on display are the result of in-depth studies conducted by the Dinosaurs in Flesh and Bone palaeontologists and the mastery of palaeoarts, all of whom worked passionately together.
The theme park, which is under the auspices of the Municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena in collaboration with the Luigi Donini Museum of Prehistory, was realized by the Venetian firm GeoModel s.r.l. on the basis of an architectural and landscape project conceived by Case Falavino Architettura; it is curated by the palaeontologist Simone Maganuco. We also conduct extensive teaching activities aimed at schools of all types and grades: these include educational and recreational activities, guided tours, excursions to the surrounding area and laboratories calibrated for various age/schooling ranges (preschool and primary/secondary schools). Our media partner is Radio Città Fujiko.
NOTE: the theme park will close down upon the issuance of weather alerts. For real-time updates on our opening times, please consult our Facebook page.
Thursday and Friday until October 27th, from 15:00 to 18:00 (ticket office closes at 17:15).
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
Admissions will be conducted on a quota basis for each time slot; a maximum number of visitors is allowed per slot.
Slots start at 10:00, 11:30, 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00. Tickets are valid for an hour, permitting visitors to tour the theme park safely at their leisure.
We ask visitors to be patient at the ticket office - in the event of having to wait for the necessary operations to be conducted, please note that your allotted one-hour visiting time will be guaranteed.
It is mandatory to book your visit, please contact the secretary via WhatsApp texting the 351.9127808 (no SMSs, please), indicating your preferred day and slot, then wait for confirmation.
Tickets can be bought at the ticket office at the beginning of the booked slot.
Each reconstruction has its own explanatory panel - these allow you to visit the park autonomously during your chosen slot. Groups can book didactic activities for a day and time different to those indicated above. Please contact the secretary for this.
Full rate (adults and anyone not falling into another category): €12
Reduced rate (over 65s, minors from 4- to 18-years old, students, associates): €9
Babies from 0- to 3-years old, disabled visitors plus one carer: Free
Family tickets: €9 for each family member
Anyone presenting with a ticket for the Luigi Donini Museum of Prehistory at the booking office: €8
Events and activities
Visit regularly this page and our Facebook account Dinosauri in Carne e Ossa - il Parco to learn about the events and the activities.
Admission to the theme park
Special reduced school/group rate (bookable only pairing with guided tours): €4/student (two companions per class allowed free).
Teaching activities with staff members (booking mandatory)
Guided tours for up to 10 participants: €40
Guided tours for 11 or more participants: €4/participant
Laboratories (bookable only pairing with guided tours) for up to 10 participants: €20
Laboratories (bookable only pairing with guided tours) 11 or more participants: €2/participant
Contact the secretary by e-mail at email@example.com
Car park on Via Bellaria - From the A1 motorway, exit at S. Lazzaro di Savena, then leave the bypass at exit 12 and travel along Viale Roberto Vighi. At the Decorati al Valore Militare roundabout, take the second exit (Viale Sergio Cavina), then carry on until the Verenin Grazia roundabout and take the third exit onto Via Bellaria. Turn left at number 7 (Caprette car park, next to the Circolo Arci San Lazzaro). Leave your vehicle and walk along the footpath, following the yellow and black signs with the arrows and the word "dinosauri" on them.
Car park on Via Repubblica - From the A1 motorway, exit at S. Lazzaro di Savena, then leave the bypass at exit 12 and travel along Viale Roberto Vighi. At the Decorati al Valore Militare roundabout, take the third exit (Via Dozza/state road ss. 9) and then turn right onto Via Canova. After about 270 m, turn left onto Via della Repubblica. The entrance to the theme park will be on your right. Follow the signs to the car park, and after leaving your vehicle walk along the footpath, following the yellow and black signs with the arrows and the word "dinosauri" on them.
* Warning: Part of Via Repubblica is closed to traffic every Saturday until 3 pm because of the presence of a market. Please use the Via Bellaria car park instead.
From Bologna Central train station, walk to Piazziale Medaglie d'Oro, where you can take the number 25 bus (in the Due Madonne direction), or go to the bus station and take either the number 27A (in the Piazzale Atleti Azzurri direction) or the 27B (in the Via Genova direction). In either case, alight at the Porta Maggiore stop, take the number 19 (in the San Lazzaro di Savena direction) and then follow the indications given below in the "By bus" section. From the San Lazzaro di Savena train station, take the number 19 bus in the Casteldebole direction and then follow the indications given in the "By bus" section.
Take a number 19 bus and alight at the San Lazzaro Fiume Savena stop. Walk along Via Canova for about 270 m and turn left at Via della Repubblica. The entrance to the theme park will be on your right after the sport centre, just after going over the small wooden bridge to Parco della Resistenza.