Quality Hotel Excel Roma Ciampino
Via Appia Nuova, 160
Phone: (39) 06 93541170
Fax: (39) 06 93542041
This 18 holes course was designed by renowned American golf architect Robert Trent Jones overseen by a seventeenth century mansion. Built around a volcanic crater, the golf course is framed by vineyards, rose gardens, olive trees and small lakes. Since it is difficult to reach here by public transport or taxis, it is advisable to hire a car from Rome. You can rent your golf clubs, caddy and trolley or buy them from the pro shop. Courses are available for professionals and amateurs. Reservations are recommended.
The Ippodromo delle Capannelle is where it's at for spending a fun day in the sun, First built in 1881, then rebuilt in 1926, this racecourse boasts plenty of goings-on, and then some. See website for extensive list of specs and events.
There is a well-equipped amusement park in the Capannelle Hippodrome, surrounded by trees and fields filled with games, castles, slides and swings. There are plenty of equestrian activities available for the public. Also, it has everything from jumping to dressing the horse. Such a wide variety of activities are offered that there is also the opportunity for personal attention and classes. Young children get use of ponies or adults can try horseback riding experience with the assistance of the attentive staff. The REM Association organizes shows, entertainment, clowns and games for children on Sundays and public holidays.
Playing golf here needn't be expensive. This club offers special reductions to those who start to play before 10:30a (discounts vary depending on the season). During the week the green fee is lesser than the charges on Sundays. The 18-hole course is open all year to club members. Lessons are available. There is also a pool (open in summer), as well as a restaurant and bar.
Rome's largest fairground was opened 30 years ago. It has something for everyone with a Ferris wheel that allows for great views over the whole area, a roller coaster, a haunted house, etc. Kiosks sell candyfloss and the popular Grattachecca in summer. Of course there are the booths for testing your strength and skills but beware: most of these are a rip-off!
The Appia Antica Park lies in the south-eastern part of Rome. The Park includes the Via Appia Antica, the Caffarella Valley, the archaeological area of the Via Latina and other archaeological sites and natural areas. Park authorities offer free guided tours on Sunday mornings however the road is closed to traffic. Yet you will find hordes of tourists arriving. It is a great place with a lot of history. It seems this is where Spartacus and a majority of his rebel army were crucified. Guided tours are available though the best way to explore the place is by foot or by bike. Check the website for more information.
Located in the Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici Hotel & Resort, this 27 hole golf course has reserved 18 for the championship and the remaining nine are exclusive. The championship course is host to the European Club Cup every year in November. Since it is on the lakeside, there are lot of water and green challenges for the avid golfer.
It is one of the few golf clubs that offers non-members a temporary monthly membership for the price of approximately 160 EUR. Temporary membership also includes four golf lessons. The 18-hole course is a good 6318 meters long and is located near the road that connects Rome to its main airport.All golf instructors are qualified, friendly and experienced. They will also advise you on the most appropriate golf outfit to wear.
Despite the name, the Diving Center Crazy Horse seems to be one of the more serious diving clubs in town, and it is the only one that can issue licences for the use of hyperbaric rooms. However, the best things about the place are its many boats: diving excursions can be one day or one week.
This tennis club is located in the heart of Rome, next to the famous park of Villa Borghese. It has four clay courts, one regular court, and a fitness center. Gymnastics, steps and aerobics lessons are also offered here.
Nestled within the Villa Borghese park that has been in existence since 1911, is one of the oldest garden's in the continent. Fondazione Bioparco di Roma that used to be a zoo, has now become the Bioparco. With only a few cages, the goal is to create an environment that is as close as possible to the animals' natural habitat. Here children can learn about where and how animals really live. A great place for adults as well, you may want to come here for walks and relaxing day outings too.
If you are the kind of person who loves to be constantly on the move, sight jogging is an activity to watch out for. This innovative idea combines jogging and sightseeing and takes you along 11 different routes combing the thrills of fitness and culture. Experienced and multi-lingual trainers act as the tour guides and make sure the tour suits your fitness level and age group. All routes are under seven miles. Visitors are picked up from their hotel (or other point of interest) and taken on a tour of their choice and dropped back. Groups up to four are allowed and can also avail of a reduced rate. Make sure you reserve at least a day in advance for your dose of sport and culture.