Where do I start? We booked this campsite after reading many, many reviews on TripAdvisor and seeing how the good outweighed the bad, we decided to go for it. We booked through Vacansoleil, who were very friendly and told us exactly what to bring with us when checking in, so there were no nasty surprises! The only downside was we got to the campsite we couldn't check in until 4PM, but we were made aware of this prior to arriving and told we would have access to all on-site facilities, including free luggage storage at Reception until we had checked in.
We also organised a shuttle bus with the campsite, around a week before we arrived, for €24.00 for two adults, we knew it was the best option, after reading about (and hearing about) Roman taxi drivers.
When it came time for check in, the Vacansoleil staff were very friendly, giving us all the information we could possibly need, along with maps of Rome. The girl we dealt with gave us a very good tip, not to wear the arm bands provided, but to just carry them with you and produce them when asked (we never were) as pickpockets will see you as a target, should you venture outside the campsite.
We booked a 'luxury tent Ottawa' and were pleasantly surprised when we entered, it had a small gas hob, presses with everything you needed, a wash basin and fridge, as well as table and chairs and electricity, the bedrooms were also quite spacious, with partitions to seperate rooms if required. It would easily sleep six. It also had a lovely outdoor set for sitting back and admiring the woods around you!
The campsite laundry and toilet/shower facilities were extremely clean and spacious; the showers are so warm that you never want to get out from under them! Though bring toilet paper as there is none provided in the toilets.
The on site shop was stocked with all the basics you could possibly need, and for the heavier items and essentials we used here, though there is a local supermarket when you turn right out of the campsite, though make sure you keep in as it's a small walk along the side of a road, but it is not as bad as some people here make it out to be, and is a lot cheaper than on site.
The restaurant on site was simply mouth watering and the service was excellent, after just a few days, staff knew our usual drink order, which we really liked. The menu was quite reasonably priced, as a meal for two people, without starters, we never paid more than €26.00 for the two of us. We ate there every night. I also noted on the wall, a take away menu, with fresh pizzas etc., which seemed to be really popular.
The Gelateria, served, by far the best ice-cream I have ever tasted, with lots of varieties of flavours, and again the guy who worked there, knew my partners order straight away (strawberry and chocolate - every night - quite boring!) which we found amusing, and at €2.00 for two big scoops, you can’t really go wrong! In here, they also served delicious pancakes which are made fresh and cocktails.
The bar was quite empty for the time of year we went, but we had a great time with the bar staff, who were always friendly and talked to us whenever we came in. The cocktails are also a must try, and watching the lovely barman prepare them is a show in itself!
The staff at the info point are very helpful, they will book tickets for excursions for you, show you where to go for each of the sights etc. A day ticket, which we used, cost €6.00 each, which may seem like a lot, but is an all day pass for the metro and bus, or alternatively, there is a ticket for €1.50 which lasts 100 minutes. The busses don’t really run on a timetable and you need to wait for them to show up, however we were never really waiting that long, the busses from the campsite are the 070 and the 709 and then the metro has a number of stops for the various different sites (i.e. line b - get off at collesseum and for trevi fountain you can get off line b at termini and get the line a metro which stops at barberini)
We booked our tickets for the Palatine Hill/Colesseum at the Info Point for 13.50 each, so we could skip the line (12.00 if you want to wait in a never ending queue to buy) which must be booked 24 hours in advance before 6PM. If you have under 18’s with you, bring along their passports, as children under 18 get in for free.
The swimming pool was very well laid out, with children having their own pool with rubberised bottom to prevent slipping, as well as slides and animation at certain times of the day. The other pool was deeper and usually not too packed, but also really freezing, it took a while to get in, but after that it was lovely to cool down in. The pool bar looked reasonable enough, though I never eat in it. Both pools always had lots of sun loungers, so no fighting for your spot!
There were also lots of games, play areas and kiddies discos to keep every child happy.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here, and have recommended it to friends and family of all ages. We’re even going back again for a week in September - we just can’t stay away!
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