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Camping Village Fabulous
Ranked #17 of 1,150 Speciality Lodging in Rome
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We booked a chalet here because we were travelling with 2 more people and thought it would be nice if we could all stay together and use the kitchen to have breakfast in the morning. I must say the place is lovely if you're planning on staying for at least a week but if like us you're only staying for a couple of days it's def not worth it! For a start it's far from the city, at least an hour, as you have to get a bus (709 or 070) and also the metro (eur fermi). From the bus stop ( Colombo ) which btw is in a motorway! You have a short walk to the site, although there isn't a pavement so we, literally, had to walk along side the motorway, with no protection and cars coming really fast. It's incredibly dangerous, mainly at night. Getting to the site, you can find a pizzeria, with very cheap prices (6 to 8 euros) and they also serve breakfast buffet ( 6.50 euros). They also have a small shop, where you can find all the basics, some are reasonably priced others are quite pricey. Be prepared to walk quite a bit to your chalet and carry your own luggage. Our chalet was 10 mins away, which was very inconvenient as we were quite tired from walking all day. In the chalet I was expecting to find, at least, the basics but no! There wasnt any shower gel or soap, neither washing up liquid or a sponge to wash the dishes... We found it very inconvenient as we had to buy all that stuff for only 3 days!
Anyway, staff was friendly and helpful, food was good and site was provided with lots of facilities.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Will be a great site although very busy in season. Over easter it was closed although most of the mobile homes were full!! No pool, no excursions, no transport other than buses, very little help from staff, Homair were a joke.
On a positive note the restaurant / bar complex serve wonderful food and lots of variety at good prices, ice cream is great & cheap, shop is OK but hardly open unless you are up and about at 7.30am!!
Think it will be extremely crowded in the summer due to all the new homes being installed on the site

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank edbexloucris
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

My friend and I stayed here while we were backpacking through Europe and was our favorite by far. It was outside of Rome (takes about 20-30 minutes by bus/train to get into the heart of Rome) so it was quiet which for us was a nice break after traveling for almost 3 weeks.
We stayed in one of their little mobile home units so we had a fridge and our own bathroom! The campground has a market, a restaurant, and a gelato shop (this was some of the cheapest gelato we found on our entire trip). We will be staying here again if we ever return to Rome.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the restaurant so you won't be near the pool which can get a little noisy.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We stayed here in our rented campervan for a couple of nights. A heap of praise is deserving of the ladies in reception who are multi-lingual and extremely helpful. They seem to love their jobs! We camped beneath the beautiful pine trees a short strolling distance from all the amenities. The lemon veal at the restaurant was delicious for our first evening's meal and pizza the next night was good too. It's a short walk to the bus stop (a footpath would be better), then catch the train into Rome.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

firstly to say that i saw the recent tv programmme about tripadvisors and to say i am an honest but fait tripadvisor and i use this site to pick my hotels
i read around the reviews and between reviews and to say i have never been let down yet with my choices thankyou all tripadvisors
we arrived at camping fabulous at 11.30 am on sat 23rd oct for half term week
i was a bit apprehensive as the site on some reviews had been discribed as a shanty town.
on first impression the site looked ok so deep sigh of relief
the site is on a hill and the units are mainly shaded under cover of umbrellla pine trees.
At first at reception we were told that we were too early to book in but we could either go away and come back later or we could walk up to the keycamp reception office.

i asked francesca if there was somewhere we could leave our suitcases safley and indeed we were able to place them in a locked shed.
we wandered up to keycamp office and found a notice saying check in started at 3pm.

As we walked through the site we could see why trip advisors had commented on the shanty town appearence. there were plenty of caravans that were stood under a canvas cover obviously the canvas cover offered protection from the hot sun in the summer months.these caravan units did not look unsightly and it was evident at first impression of walking through the campsite that as it was the last week of its open season most caravan units and most holiday bungalows/mobile homes were empty and closed up for the season.
The campsite was deserted with very few people staying. /We didnt mind this at all as piece and quiet is all we really wanted.
As it was end of season and a fact that keycamp with whom we booked had not informed us or made us aware that as end of season most fascilites would be closed.

this has been reflected in my starring and we cant comment on things like the pool as it was indeed closed off and the water looked dirty but in fairness to the site the pool looked lovley and i am sure if during the higher season would have been fab to swim in. the dirty water being that due to pool being closed for the season.
there looked to have been plenty of sunbeds available as we could see all these stacked ready to be stored away for winter.
the icecream parlour was closed and the shop cleared ditto for the games room and cycle hire shop . the internet room was closed and locked for the season as was the information room where you could book trips. the onsite shop was closed and only open in the mornings for a couple of hours and same in the evening. we did glance in when we later found it open and as expected there wasnt too much available as end of season and the prices were a bit on the higher side. bread was available but had to be ordered the day before.
When we eventually checked into our accomodation it was a lovley vista unit(that was the make)we had 2 bedrooms one had 3 beds in it the other room was a double bed with onsuite showe rand toliet
the unit in total had 2 showers and 2 toilets which i think is ideal for if you are a family.
the unit was modern clean and had outside decking with an umbrella and chairs. there was an aircon unit in the home which i would think is a must for the hot summers and also an electric fan. the aircon doubled up as a heater as you could increase the temperature to blow out warm air also there was a small elctric fan heater attached to the wall. we used both and were warm enough during our week.
the unit supplied blankets which were lovely and soft and were clean not smelly.
we hired linen and towels and initially they had been forgotten to be left by the rep when unit cleaned prior to our arrival but once pointed out the rep derrick was quick to bring them.
the key camp had provided in there pre holiday info pack the reps mobile phone number which is a handy thing to have at hand should there be a problem like no linen pack. but to be fiar this problem was immediatley rectified.
in the unit there was a nice airy light feeling the unit accomodation well set out.
the kitchen had full size cooker the grill part where you do your toast was a bit slow in browning the bread but hey we were on holiday and not in a rush.
there was a microwave a cd/ radio and a brilliant hairdryer. i say brilliant as some places i have stayed the jet air has been very weak this one was wonderful in that it had a good strong blast of hot air.
there were discreetly placed dumpster bins for household rubbish at end of the path about 50 yards or so away from our unit.
our mobile home sat back to back almost with a similar unit a bit like bookends with a small space in between.it did not affect our privacy as the units are so positioned in that minimal windows over look each close unit which was namely the bathrooms.
the whole front side of our unit was window with 2 patio doors that oepned onto the decked area this gave a lovley light spacious feel to the unit

the nieghbours across the way was sufficiently well soaced in that it didnt intrude into our privacy. the decked area had also sunbeds available and a clothers airer to hang clothes etc. to dry.

the shower unit cubicles were spacious the jet pressure was ok not brilliant but hey the water was as hot as you wanted it and the jet stream enough to do the job.

we were picked up from airport by a private trans fer which we arranged through keycamp it was expensive but it got us to our campsite.
if you are wanting to go to this campsite there is a transfer service that the campsite does offer its with there minibus whiich has there campsite livery i.e camping fabulous
they charge 15 euro adult which depending on timeings may go down to 12 euro and 8 euro for children aged 4 to 12 they do both the airports and they ask that you book the service at least 2 days prior.
i dont know what happens if say your plane is delayed as if they are picking up from a couple of flights dont know if they wait or come back .
fiumincino airport is about 25mins away that was on a weekend when traffic was light.
the bus stop to the local metro station is easy to find it takes you to eur fermi staion where you take the metro into rome
we bought a 16 euro ticket which coverd us for the week it did metro and bus
be aware that rome has at least 3 rush hour travel times when bus and trains can get buisy very crowded we timed our rome trips in between these times.as previus advisors has said the bus will stop at camping fabulous if the bus looks to be filling up when you alight it at the metro to return opt to stand and stand opposite the door as it wioll indeed get full and you can then get off relativley easy
the locals are polite and they will get off the bus to allow you to get out.
a daily travle 24 hour ticket is 4 euros or you pay one euro which will give 75 mins of bus n train travel but remeber to validate the ticket on getting onto bus.
the bus terminates at eur fermi staion so going in you dont have to worry where to get off as every one gets off there.

returning to campsite here are some landmarks to watch out for you pass a green glass building near eur fermi. look out for the bronze cone shape staue on left then as you travel on cristopher columbus road look our for the euro2 shopping centre on your right then later there is queens stadium on your right. you go on dual carraige way its a bit confusiong cos there are like 2 dual carriage ways side by side the bus travels on one then it crosses to the lother nearside dual carriage way the first time is to stop at euro 2 shop centre then it flicks back to the other dual carraige way for a short way then flicks bak to nearside carriage way to make another drop off at a stop that looks like it is out in the country side. then it will go back onto the other side of dual carriage way land marks look out on the right for what we called the shoebox concrete building with grafeti on it then after this look for the raised banking on side of road its where you can only see what looks like raised grased high banks.
when the raised banking part stops on your right you will see open grouind with huge electric pylons then at this point the road climbs upward you then go up a hill you are aproaching the campsite stop. at top of hill you will then see the traffic lights as the road will then dip down. the bus driver usually stops here as lots of folk get off here. if you are worried then tell driver camping fabulous.


the locla supermarket is easy to find turn right outside campsite walk along side the biusy road its the 3 rd turning on the right and its just down a short way on the left. or you could take the 2dn turning on the right then you will need to take first left then walk along and the al supermarcato is on the corner and foloow a previous advisors tip of taking your wheely suitcase to bring back any large shopping you do

this supermarket is big and had bargains and good offers.

we went to ostia antica as there are ruins to see and well worth a visit the site was quiet and my husband that likes ruins said that it was the highlight of the weeks riuns for him
as i say i am a fair trip advisor so as i have to select ratings they will be reflecting that i didnt actually get to test or try the fascilites due to them being closed for the end of season

i would definatley say that if you want to see roame this is a brill loclation and if you go last week of holiday season the price is cheaper than a hotel
the campsite was spacious clean and we recommend you stay here. the sleep qulity was excellent but i stress the campsite was mainly empty

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank radleyoxford
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

We stayed here, in a 'chalet' for 3 nights during October 2011.

The standard of accomodation was very basic but overall we were happy enough with it, given the price we paid.

It takes about an hour to get from the campsite into Rome. Make sure you buy a daily pass from the reception (4 Euros) which allows you unlimited travel from the campsite on the bus then the subway.

We found the campsite very difficult to find based on the address provided using our Tom Tom. Make sure you contact them in advance and they will provide you with the actual address and you will find it no bother.

The facilities seemed good although we didnt need to use them.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank CSJAberdeen
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I booked through Europarcs, and the onsite company was Homair. They were very friendly and helpful if we needed any assistance.
The location is only a short trip from the airport. We hired a car, but you really dont need one. The rail route and buses are fantastic and very cheap. It would only be about a 20 minute ride in a taxi to get here too.
Unfortunately, the address we had been given of Cristoforo Colombo was not very helpful. The site is just off of this road which is like a main dual carriage way so we drove past it several times before we found it resulting in a 2 1/2 hour journey rather than a 20 minute one.
Once we got booked in though, the site itself was lovely. Very clean and catered well for families. I am a single parent and went with my 2 daughters of 12 and 7. There was plenty of on site entertainment for them with a childrens club for the younger one, go karts to hire, aqua aerobics,
The largest swimming pool is excellent for smaller children and also for sunbathing in as adults. It is huge, and has water slides for all ages, but is nice and shallow with a curved edge, so as it was so hot most people tended to use the edge of the pool as their sun lounger (temps were in the 40's in august)
There is the most amazing ice cream parlour on site and it is not expensive. Worked out to about £2 for 3 large scoops of different flavours and they were all delicious.
There is a small on site supermarket, but if you have a car, turn right out of the campsite and a 5 minute drive brings you to a large supermarket where you get get everything and for about half the price.
We ventured into the city, which i was dreading as i was on my own with the girls, but it was so easy. 4 euros gets you a 1 day travel pass which gets you on the bus and the metro. The metro is very easy to navigate - 2 lines A &B and the city itself is very pedestrian friendly.
A couple of evenings we took a 15 minute drive down to the beach which was lovely. Most of them are private so very clean and well tended, but you can walk down on them in the evenings.
All in all, a lovely holiday and would love to go back

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank carolinejmorg
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Address: Via di Malafede 205, 00125 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 1,150 Speciality Lodging in Rome
Price Range: $52 - $1,205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Camping Village Fabulous 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camping Village Fabulous is situated in a Mediterranean area of about 30 hectares and delightfully shaded by mighty, aged pine trees. Our campsite has a strategic position that permits you to reach the centre of Rome in a short and easy way. The sea locality of Ostia is 10 km away and the ancient ruins and castle of Ostia Antica at only 8 km. It's possible to make use of a frequent bus and metro service. Moreover, we also organize tours directly from our campsite to Rome and Pompei & Naples, as well our Info-point sells tickets for the Open-bus tour in Rome. Our facilities on site: restaurant, bar, pizzeria, ice shop, take away service, mini-market, washing machines & dryers, mini-golf, tennis-, football-, beach volleyball courts, swimming pools, Info-point and internet-point. ... more   less 
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