After having completed a cycle ride from the UK to Rome within a month, sleep and good rest was always at a premium. After having spent one night in the centre of Rome I was determined not to pay Rome rates for the following nights before my departure back to the UK.
Camping Village Roma came initially as a pleasant surprise, close to the centre of Rome, good shower and toilet facilities along with supermarket, restaurant, pool, etc. It wasn't until the sun began to set that the ugly truth emerged, that, in reality, Camping Village Roma, is not really a camp ground per say that caters for backpackers and cyclists with tents but a destination for mainly and predominantly bus loads of young teenagers trucked in on an industrial scale that inhabit the many chalets and bungalows on their sprawling 'camping' complex.
Heavy and very loud disco music started at around 10 pm the first night, with mainly a teenage population, large, gangling, German teenagers away from Mum and Dad for the first time and away from overseers and teachers that seemed to not care less and spurred by copious amounts of alcohol slowly took over the whole camp ground. Roving, unfettered, teenagers marauded through camping areas hurling abuse, foul language, belting out nationalist chants and racist slogans then proceeded to exit the camp on to the bridge that crossed the via aurelia from where I observed males urinating from the bridge.This went on till 4 in the morning. Unchallenged by security and far too intimidating to be challenged by a lone cyclist, this was my initiation into 4 days of sleep deprivation.
An immediate complaint was lodged with management first thing in the morning who apologised profusely and agreed that things had gotten out of hand and were even as we spoke writing up a report to the school in Germany. However, they reiterated, I must understand, that, 'we have parties every night here at Camping Roma.' OMG! What have I let myself in for, where was this advertised? And then it dawned -- this is the cash cow! A mix between Megaluf and Butlins and a Belasconi Bunga-Bunga party,
By a miracle the following night passed off without incident, was it because it was a Sunday, and well The Vatican is just around the corner? I actually had a very good night sleep. However, the German teenagers remained, and while taking a shower witnessed one blonde-haired, blue-eyed, Arian teenager smashing up the hair-dryer. It was shocking! Words cannot describe!
The following night, it was the same story, this time with the Australians. Loud Disco music late into the night, alcohol, screaming girls, relationship arguements. The following night saw a fight break out between camp ground 'so-called' security and a traveller family from Morecombe, with Camping Roma security, literally physically abusing paying customers.
I leave you, the reader to draw your own conclusions. If you're a teenager, come!!! You can drink, get drunk, even if you're under-age, you won't be challenged, you can run around rampant hurling abuse and foul language, no one will question it. If you're in a tent, looking for a place just to pitch, get some rest, feel safe in the knowledge, that you won't get harassed, beaten up or threatened by ferrell teenagers with empty bottles of wine or Vodka in their hands, don't come!!!! Be warned! The cheap price is not worth your sleepless nights. Take away the facilities, and in reality all you have is a council estate, or housing project gone horribly wrong. But I guess management and shareholders there don't care, it's good income in hard times.
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