You’d be right in assuming that at Eurocamp we don’t just sell our holidays – we actually take them ourselves! Recently, our very own Martin went to stay at Camping Village Fabulous in Lazio, Central Italy and very kindly took the time to give us the low-down on what made the parc a perfect choice for a short break that’s busy and cultured one day and lazy and relaxed the next…
Getting to parc: No car, no fuss
“The missus and I are very fond of taking short breaks in Europe, and camping in Italy was on our to-do list. We booked some reasonably cheap flights in to Fiumicino airport in Rome and chose to stay at Camping Village Fabulous – the closest parc to the airport. We knew it was well placed for the airport, and we could use public transport to get into Rome and the local area easily, which was perfect for us as we didn’t want to hire a car.
“We booked the parc’s own transfer service which only cost us €12 each. We had to wait a short while, but had a beer and pizza in the airport so we didn’t really mind!
[responsive-image id=’1885′ align=’center’ caption=”]Life on parc: food, glorious food…and facilities too!
“Home for us was a mobile home with decking (for me, decking is a must: somewhere to eat, read and play FIFA on my phone…). Set in a pine forest, there was plenty of shade but a nice bit of sun too.
As it turned out, the parc was actually more than just somewhere to sleep; the on-site restaurant and take-away were both good with decent menus, and the canopied dining area was lovely. Then there was the gelateria on parc which was awesome – lovely ice creams, just €2 for a good-sized 2-scoop waffle-style cone. Yum!
[responsive-image id=’1886′ align=’center’ caption=’The Camping Village Fabulous Pool’]“The pool was great, and very much appreciated when it got a bit hot! There’s also a large, separate shallow pool with little slides for toddlers and room for older kids to splash around, which left the main pool with plenty of room for us to just swim. We noticed a lot of kids of different ages getting involved in various activities by the pool too, so there was plenty going on for them. We also made the most of the pool bar’s pizza – it’s €9, huge, fresh and tasty!
Day trips to Rome: Plan of action
[responsive-image id=’1887′ align=’center’ caption=’The Trevi Fountain’]“This parc is ideal for holidays to Rome, with the Eternal City just 30 minutes away by bus and metro (top tip: buy a day return for just €6). The bus stop is a 2-minute walk away from site, so nice and easy to access. The parc do offer their own coach excursions into Rome, as well as various other amazing places, but we chose to do our own thing. Here are our top things to do in Rome:
1. See the sights!
There’s quite a checklist of sights in the Eternal City that must be ticked off, including The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain (one of many fountains, actually) and for art lovers, the Piazza Navona.
2. Vatican City
Spanning a total of 109 acres, The Vatican City State is home to St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums and gorgeous gardens. No bare arms or legs allowed though!
3. The Spanish Steps & Villa Borghese
Climb the famous steps linking the Spanish Square at the bottom to the French church at the top, and visit the overlooking Villa Borghese to enjoy the peaceful grounds, museums and cafés.
4. Ostia Antica
Once the harbour city of ancient Rome, it’s now a beautifully preserved archaeological site.
We had a great time here and would say that if you’re looking at Italy holidays, this parc is probably better-suited to couples and families with teens or school-age children because of the types of activities available and proximity to Rome. Toddlers would absolutely love the shallow pool though.”
Have you got any Rome recommendations of your own? We’d love to hear them, so simply leave us a comment below!