This half term we decided to go on a city break adventure to Rome with our three children aged 2, 3 and very nearly 6! We stayed at Camping Fabulous in Rome with Eurocamp and this is what we thought.
During our week we made real Italian pizza and went to the Vatican with all the kids thanks to Rome4Kids; we toured the Colosseum with Tapsy Tours and had an exciting eco buggy tour with Angel Tours. All highly recommended!
We chose to book with Eurocamp and stay in one of their 3 bedroom Vista static caravans on the Camping Fabulous site. The site is situated about 16km from Fiumicino airport and around 19km outside of Rome city centre.
The decision to stay on a campsite rather than a hotel boiled down to three essential criteria –
1. Space for the children to play, both inside and outside the accommodation.
2. Good quality accommodation with at least 3 bedrooms so we could all get a good night’s sleep and the facilities to make packed lunches and prepare home cooked food.
3. Price! Obviously prices vary according to the accommodation booked, but a quick online search shows that a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom caravan on the site at this time of year is in the region of £450 for 7 nights, which is extremely competitive given the price of hotel rooms in the city centre, and with all the added benefits of points 1 and 2.
We have stayed in Eurocamp accommodation before and know from experience that you are assured of certain things that cut across all of their locations: accommodation will be well maintained and equipped as caravans/tents are checked and cleaned before each group arrives; there is always someone to speak to if there is an issue as couriers are on site round the clock and there’s always a Eurocamp Reception where you can go to find more information about the site and about the local area. The couriers at the site were extremely polite and knowledgeable, giving us good advice about transport and where to visit. Nothing was too much trouble and minor issues were dealt with promptly. Prior to our arrival at the site the couriers text to find out our expected time of arrival so someone would be there to welcome us to the site and then guide us to the accommodation, show us round and answer any initial questions.
The campsite itself is large (800 pitches set in 70 acres of alpine woodland) with amenities such as two play areas, pools, bars and restaurant, gelateria, a site shop for essentials and well maintain toilet and washing facilities. The campsite felt safe and is child-friendly with a low level of traffic and it was quiet and peaceful. Being almost the very end of the season was probably the reason for it being so quiet and indeed we had anticipated that the pool would be shut. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was open but it was very cold. However that didn’t deter any of our children from trying it out and enjoying the enormous splash pool which was only waist-high on our two year old and has super little water slides that children of all ages were enjoying. There were some things that would run better during the peak season – for example, it was clear that the shop was winding down for the winter so it wasn’t particularly well stocked. However, the supermarket was a 10 minute walk away. We decided my husband should go alone on these runs though, as the pathway alongside the main road was non existent in places and we didn’t want to take all three kids on the boring shopping run! We also found that the bar and restaurant were not open all day but we did eat in the pizzeria and found the food to be excellent value and a hit with the children. In our view there is nothing better than coming back after a long day out to good quality accommodation complete with both air conditioning and (due to it being the end of the season) a heater to ensure the little ones had a good nights sleep. Waking up in the quiet surroundings of the site and being able to walk to the pool or the play areas is a fantastic start to the day and when the day is done a fantastic ice cream for all.
Having decided to travel with hand luggage only (perhaps a little crazy with 3 little ones) we decided to request the welcome packs which included tea, coffee, coffee whitener, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, 2 mini wine bottles, 2 bottles of water, small tub of Pringles, twin packs of biscuits and some juice for the children. We also requested the cleaning pack for the kitchen which had a tea towel, dish cloth, cleaning sponge, small bottle of washing up liquid and small bottle of cleaning fluid. There is also the option to have towels and bedding, safety side guards for the children’s beds, high chair, potty, cot, baby bath and a buggy (the last 3 we didn’t opt for, but they are available). We were also pleased to find that the caravan had a little bar of soap and toilet rolls. This meant our packing could focus on cloths and shoes and the minimum of our own toiletries which again helped to reduce the cost of our travel and give us more to spend on the holiday itself.
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