To round off our lovely family holiday in Italy we stayed for four nights at Camping Fabulous, just outside Rome.
Camping Fabulous is a caravan park owned by Elite Club Vacanze who own eight other similar sites across Italy. We booked our caravan through Canvas Holidays, after hearing of them at Blog On MSI.
Our caravan was basic but great for what we needed. It had two bedrooms, shower, toilet, kitchen and living area with air conditioning, a deck with table, chairs and gas BBQ outside and a parking space for one car.
We didn’t hire a car on this occasion but we were sent a fantastic holiday suitcase from icarhireinsurance who provide yearly car hire insurance excess. This means you don’t have to pay any excess on your car hire insurance in the event of an accident while you’re abroad. We actually used this on one of our visits to Italy when someone reversed into us and it was very useful as alternatives are very costly.
The site has everything you need for enjoying the sun! There are two pools – one large pool for normal swimming (no inflatables allowed in here) and a huge paddling pool area with slides (inflatables permitted). Sun loungers are plentiful around the pool area and there is also a snack bar for refreshments. There is a volleyball area and table tennis is available next to a brilliant Gelateria and bar which also has evening entertainment.
There is a shop and Italian restaurant as well as takeaway pizzeria. In Italy you are really hard pressed to find any other type of cuisine. After two weeks of delicious pizza and pasta weloved having the BBQ for a change.
The biggest hit of our stay was the go carts that could be hired for 10 euros a day (subsequent days were 5 euros). The boys loved bombing around in them; following the little train that did a circuit of the park or just nipping to the shop on them for us.
We did venture into Rome as you could catch a bus from the main road close to the park which took you to the subway. This transported you directly into the centre of Rome. Tickets could be bought for €1.50 at the information point on site and were valid for 90 minutes from stamping at the beginning of the journey. We were lucky with timings of bus and tube and it took us about an hour to find ourselves at the Colosseum!
We had pre booked tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so after not too much hanging around we found ourselves in the heart of historic Rome!
It was August. It was very hot. We knew there was a refreshing pool waiting for us at the campsite. We wandered around the amazing historic ruins but the boys were getting restless. Water and hats are essential!
After a yummy lunch (pasta again!) we headed to the Trevi fountain. The centre of Rome is all very walkable but I knew the boys wouldn’t be able to cope with much more.
There are excursions you can do from Camping Fabulous and i considered Rome at Night, where you leave around 8pm for a tour of the sights of Rome at night including a walking tour. It returns at 11.30pm which would just be too late for our English children who don’t understand the meaning of “siesta” or “lie in” and would be shattered! So perhaps next time…
Have you visited Rome? What are your highlights?