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Rome by tent...not as difficult as it sounds

A July 2004 trip to Rome by señorJoe

Quote: The ultimate student adventure in Rome: 10 days of camping, exploring, laughing, and sharing pasta with the locals.

Rome by tent...not as difficult as it sounds

Overview

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Highlights were the Roman village of Ostia Antica, the Spanish Steps at sunset, the Fontana di Trevi, and the general friendliness of the Italians.

Quick Tips:

Buy a week-long metro pass - it's worth it, and for an excursion out of the city, head to Ostia Antica.

Best Way To Get Around:

Buy a metro pass, which also allows you to use the buses and trains.
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The exotically named Camping Fabulous hostel lies on the main road out of the city, towards the coast, in a lush pine forest. The predominantly Italian clientele are mainly families, although, as a group of students, we felt well catered for. It’s a basic campsite with good facilities, including free showers and swimming pools. There are good bus links to the city and great budget accommodation ideal for students.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Camping Fabulous
Via C. Colombo, KM 18
Rome, Italy 00125
+39 06-5258062

Ostia Antica

Attraction

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The Roman village of Ostia Antica is supposedly the third most well-preserved Roman village in the world and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. It appears to be a well-kept secret; we visited in June and found it all but deserted, leaving you plenty of time to wander around the ruins in solitude. When the heat gets too much, you can rest in the shade of an aristocratic roman's villa or admire the incredibly well-preserved mosaics. Easy to reach from Termini station, Ostia Antica is a must.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Ostia Antica
Via dei Romagnoli, 717
Rome, Italy 00122
+39 0656358004

The Italian Way...

Story/Tip

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As a group of non-Italian speaking students doing the "backpacker" thing for the first time, we were unsure of our ability to cope in the foreign environment that is Rome. We needn't have worried; the Italians were the friendlist, most helpful, passionate, and somewhat crazy race of people I have ever met. They never ceased to amaze us with their incredible zest for life and genuine desire to help us. On more than one occasion, we found ourselves waiting for the wrong bus at the wrong time, only to be corrected by a helpful passerby. If you have any reservations about travelling to Rome, I suggest you put them aside. Without speaking a word of the language, we found ourselves making friends with the l...Read More