Until 9 June
It is not easy but by no means impossible to find oneself in front of a spectacular birth, as is that of the butterfly that comes out with its elegant somersault from the chrysalis. At the Casa delle Farfalle in Rome, until 9 June, we look for the metamorphosis and, although the chrysalis phase may last a few days, some weeks or even years there are those, more fortunate ones, that had the opportunity to attend the show right in this magical garden, a stone’s throw from the Appia Antica.
The nymphs shown here, coming from tropical countries, have various shapes and colors because they belong to different species. Thus, along with hundreds of varieties of butterflies, they perhaps attract more visitors because of the magical transformation they’re hiding: by carefully observing they can let the small movements of wings be seen before the insect is able to come out and start its fascinating cycle of life, also accompanied by other guests of the magical garden, such as harvesting ants, giant centipedes, whistling cockroaches and green leaf insects.
At the base of the project “La Casa delle Farfalle” is the Cultural Association “Imago”, a team of people with multidisciplinary skills that aims to spread an important concept: butterflies are fundamental ecological indicators that, with the their presence or absence, indicate the state of health of the environment in which we live.
Via Appia Pignatelli, 450. Information: Tel. 3807851349. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. /3 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. Admission: adults €6, reduced €4 (from 4 to 12 years of age).