B.-P. Park is the first permanent scout/guide camp in Italy. It was made thanks to the efforts of many scout groups eager to dedicate it to the founder of scouting. B.-P. Park is a whole of land for scout activities. It is made of 35 hectares, with meadows and woods, located North-West of Rome and at 380 meters over the sea level. It is located on the route of migrating birds, so a lot of different species of birds can be observed. Because of the width of the forest (22 hectares of wood), the park is a natural habitat of little animals, including not dangerous small reptiles.
Indoor structures: Den for Cubs and Brownies: two huts (prefabricated houses), the first has 15 bunk beds, the second is divided into 3 areas: kitchen area furnished of a working table, two gas-stoves, an oven and a refrigerator; table area has four tables and benches (32/40 seats); office area is for reception, a public phone is available.
Outdoor structures: 102 taps with drinking water, 30 toilets in six different areas (squat on toilette and regular toilets for handicapped) and cold showers, places for camping and for big events, the prayer’s corner and a fitness course.
Equipment: the groups occupying the den are provided with pots, pans forks knives and spoons, salad-bowls, buckets, brooms etcetera. On request they can also be provided of working tools (shovels, picks, hammers etcetera).
Supplies: at B.-P. Park there is a little shop for basic foods; the closest village, Bassano Romano, is 6 km away. : the closest chemist’s shop is in Bassano Romano, where it is also possible to find a doctor. A General Hospital is at Bracciano at about 20 km away from the Park.
Holy Mass: in July and August the Mass is celebrated at the camp for all the catholic campers. Moreover, the Benedictine Monks of S. Vincenzo Martire Monastery are available for meditations and prayers.
Contact info, booking requests and leaflets
Elio Caruso +39.06.36309530
B.-P. Park – Località l’Aiola – 01030 Bassano Romano -VT- Italy
(50 km North-West from Rome) – telephone +39.3188.8.131.521+39.3184.108.40.2061
(deputy camp chief on duty at camp will answer the call)
380 meters over the sea level.
Latitude N 42°13’22’’ Longitude E 12°10’39’’
365 days per year
How to get there
1) METROPOLITAN TRAIN: times and stations – fares – stop request – Rome train map – train + bicycle
2) PUBBLICO BUS: general information regarding the bus lines and the Scout base bus stop
3) CAR/PRIVAT BUS: how to reach the base on your own: description, maps
1) METROPOLITANO TRAIN:
The camp is only 2,5 Kilometres away from “Bassano Romano” railroad station of “FR3” line from Rome to Viterbo (FR3 is a regional line of TRENITALIA, the Italian National Railroads Company). Transfers from almost any place in Rome to the camp are very easy also for big events, such as region, district and group camporees. This is due to the high number of passengers that can be brought by these “TAF” trains, allowed to carry about 850 people, and to the high number of stops in Rome city (more than 10 in addition to connections to lines A and B of Rome underground, the so called “Metro” or “Metropolitana”). The only problem, more apparent than real, is due to the fact that Bassano Romano station is “officially” closed and it is opened only for scouts/guides; therefore, thanks to an agreement between Trenitalia and B.-P. Park, this stop must be requested following the instructions here below. The station immediately after Bassano Romano can be used as an alternative: “Capranica” station, which is just 6 Kilometres away from the camp and it is on the trains timetables; in addition to this all the trains stop with no need of request.
For the train to stop at the Bassano Romano station, you have to request it beforehand:
You must either fill out the appropriate form or contact the agent at B.-P. responsible for this service (see first page)request for special trains stop is restricted to Satuday and Sundays with the attached form, to be sent by mail in the Sunday before the requested weekend.
The useful trains and prenotables for stopped of B.-P. Park leave every hour: We bring back therefore only the minute of the passage to the station. ATTENTION: in the festive days and in August every day, the frequency is halved to a every train two hours. The trains are cancelled in fact that leave to the odd number hours.
Tickets are avaible in the most important railroad station in rome (Trastevere, S.Pietro, Ostiense, Cesano and the other stations with tickets office). You can buy tickets also in “tabaccherie” (tabagist shops with typical “T” sign) near all the big and small stations. When you buy a ticket you have to buy it for Capranica (stop after Bassano) because Bassano Romano is not a official opened station.
It’s possible to use the ticket with integrated fares “METREBUS LAZIO” of atac http://www.atac.roma.it. This kind of ticket should be more cheaper than single ticket if you want use many different transport system in one day only.
BICYCLE + TRAIN The bicycle train ticket costs €3.60 and is sold in the stations with a ticket office (Roma Tiburtina, Roma S. Pietro, Roma Ostiense, Cesano). It is valid for 24 hours, starting from your first trip and dependent on the distance traveled and the number of trains taken. The ticket gets stamped before you get on the train and gets divided in half: one half to keep and the other to put on the bicycle. In addition, you must have a regular passenger ticket.
The TAF trains that run on the FR3 Roma-Viterbo line unfortunately do not have a special space for bicycles. However, like on all TRENITALIA trains, it is possible to take a bicycle with you.
Our suggestion is to put your bicycles in the area reserved for wheelchairs, which is either in the first or last car of the train and marked by a wheelchair logo on the outside. It can fit 8 to 10 bicycles, with another 4 in the adjoining corridor. If you wish to take more bicycles, then you should probably split up among the different cars and put the bicycles near the exits, preferably avoiding the central ones.
To get to B.P. Park by bicycle it is best to use the Capranica station.
Experience has taught us not to ask the station personnel (who are usually poorly informed) for instructions, because the answer is always either “You can’t take the bike on the train,” or “Put it somewhere where it’s out of the way.” We suggest just to take the second answer for granted, take your bicycle on the train on your own, and try not to create discomfort for other passengers.
BICYCLES ON THE ROME SUBWAY: Riding on the subway with a bicycle is possible only on Sundays and only on the first car of the B line and the Roma Lido, for the price of a regular ticket (free if you have a yearly subscription). From both these lines it is possible to change to the Trenitalia FM3 Roma-Viterbo line at the Roma Ostiense stop.
2) PUBBLIC BUS
It is possible to reach B.-P. Park using the Cotral regional buses, although trains are without doubt the cheapest, practical, and spacious way to get there, especially since it stops closer to the base.
Buses reach Bassano Romano (the end of the line), which is about 5km from B.-P. Park. This bus leaves from Rome at Saxa Rubra (on the Via Flaminia), which can be reached using the ATAC urban buses #200 and #232, or the Met.Ro urban train Roma-Viterbo (the other one) that leaves from Piazzale Flaminio (A line of the subway) every 15 minutes.
The other bus option is to use the Cotral Roma-Oriolo or Roma-Oriolo-Vejano lines which leave from Rome at Saxa Rubra. Given the distance between Oriolo station and B.P. Park, this option is useful for Hike and Raid (8.5 km).
For information on fares and time schedules, call the Cotral toll-free number 800-15-0008 www.cotralspa.it Other useful numbers: Roma Saxa Rubra bus terminal ticket office (+39)06-332-8331 (+39)06-332-8331.
3) CAR/PRIVAT BUS
FROM ROME AND SOUTHERN ITALY: You can easily reach B.P. Park from the Grande Raccordo Anulare through the Via Cassia Bis (Cassia Veientana), exit 5, in about 45 minutes.
FROM NORTHERN ITALY: from the A1 highway, exit at the Magliano Sabina tollbooth.
DISTANCES: B.P. Park is about: 60km from the A1 highway (Magliano Sabina exit)
70km from Fiumicino Airport
5km from Bassano Romano
As for bus transportation, our usual contact person is Mr. Mario Alterio. Telephone: +39.068911822, +39.0633269589, +39.3386130876. Fax: +39.0633269589.
Note: Buses must be parked 500m from the entrance. Cars cannot circulate inside the B.P. Park.
Food and supplies
Everything is available at Bassano Romano 3 kilomiters far from the camp.
Activities at B. P. Park : B. P. Park, listed in WTSIE (Where To Stay In Europe) directory, is glad to propose all camping scout units some of the following activities, in July and August: Scouting activity: Pioneering, Kitchen, Topography, Expression, Observation of stars, nature’s path, etc…
Holy Mass for the catholic scouts every Sunday
Holy Father’s audience in Rome (when He is in Rome, of course), every Wednesday
6 hikes in the surroundings where there are a lot of ancient Etruscan sites (Southern Etruria) and to “Parco Marturanum”., a park at Barbarano Romano (Etruscan necropolis)
Chances of meditations, prayers, a Spiritual day, thanks to the availability of the Benedictine Monks of S. Vincenzo Martire Monastery
Service at one of the Caritas “cafeterias” for poor people and the homeless in Rome (only for elder units: e.g. venture scouts and cadettes) and for elder people at Bassano Romano or in Rome.
Service at B.- P. Park to make and/or for the maintenance of the equipment of the camp.
All staff members are volunteers of B.-P. Park Association. They assure a permanent presence in each time there is at least one scout at our camp.