Park Profile

SC: The park is meant to welcome international guests: simply put the idea is that you come to Rome and live one day as an ancient Roman. In the city you see Rome, at Roma World you “live” Rome.

BK: Did you face any challenges in the construction phase and if so, how did you overcome them? SC: The main challenge has been to build a credible village, as it used to be 2000 years ago, with correct historical details, while maintaining some basic comfort elements for guests. All areas are hand-made by expert carpenters and there’s nothing in Roma World that has undergone a modern industrial construction process apart from utilities.

BK: How did Covid-19 affect the project? SC: We had to ask for a special permission to the competent authorities in order to keep building the park during the lockdown months this spring, while of course keeping in mind both the safety and security of our teams while matching the delivery deadlines.

BK: What measures do you have in place to keep staff and guests safe? SC: Roma World is a pretty easy park to comply with the Covid-19 safety rules: social distancing is natural among people because the park lies in the countryside among woods, trees and open air fields. The quality of the air is good and there’s little to no pollution at all being in a natural reserve. For the rest we adopted the standard Italian guidelines, as we do in Cinecittà World Park. Finally, the park’s services (tickets, food, sleeping…) can all be bought and managed contactless using the www. website without any interaction with our staff.

BK: Tell me about the F&B and retail offer? SC: Roma World applies to F&B this simple concept: this is not a park; it is a village, a community. 2000 years ago, the soldiers living together in the camp would share all the food produced in it. Same is now. Once you buy the Food + Entrance Ticket (€29) you can access with no limitation to all the food that is produced here, during

the day or the night. The dinner is convivial, outdoor, when the sun goes down, and enriched by a fire show. In the morning you can share the breakfast with all the other guests of the village.

BK: Do you have onsite accommodation? SC: Yes. At Roma World you can sleep in a tent, like legionaries used to do. The only difference is, rather than sleeping in a straw bed, guests may sleep in a real bed, with sheets and pillows!

The tents host two or three people. They can be booked using the “Legionaries package” (€49) which includes admittance, unlimited food and overnight stay. If they want, guests are welcome also to bring their own tent.

It is quite striking to sleep by the forest, with all the farm’s animals abreast, hearing the verse of the owl or the eagle echoing in the Camp.

BK: Do you have any plans for expansion? SC: Roma World is the first example of an historical experiential park in Italy, therefore we’ll learn in the months and years to come how the public will react to this offer.

So far, the park is developed over around six hectares but our possessions span over 150. Therefore, there will be the chance to expand it, if the format proves to be well accepted.

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Roma World

is a pretty easy park to comply with the Covid-19 safety rules: social distancing is natural among people because the park lies in the countryside among woods, trees and open air fields.

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