The Colle Oppio Park is located on a hill north of the Colosseum in Rome. It is underneath this park that the ruins of Nero’s Domus Aurea can be found. Other monuments in the park are the Baths of Trajan and the Baths of Titus. From the hill you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Colosseum itself.
Colle Oppio Park Rome
The most important ruins in the Colle Oppio Park are those of the Domus Aurea (Nero’s “Golden House”). After having been closed for a long time it is possible again to visit the monument, but only in the weekend and only as part of a guided tour. Booking is obligatory.
Other ruins are those of the Terme di Traiano and of the Terme di Tito. An impressive exedra belonging to the former can be found on the south side of the park, near the children’s playground. The baths were constructed in the year 110, by the famous architect Apollodoro.
The complex across the parking lot at the southern entrance to the park got the name Cisterna delle Sette Sale in the 18th century, when only 7 of its 9 halls had been discovered. It should really have been rebaptized Cisterna delle Nove Sale at that point but the original name stuck.
The Colle Oppio park houses both a, rather badly maintained, children’s playground and a small outdoor cafe/kiosk.
The Colle Oppio hill, the Colle Cispio and the Colle Fagutale were the three hills forming what is now known as the Colle Esquilino.