Clarion Collection Hotel Principessa Isabella
Via Sardegna, 149/151
Phone: (39) 06 484523
Fax: (39) 06 4885964
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.
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.
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.
Noted for its Fascist architecture, this is one of the largest sports complex in the city. The Foro Italico houses the Olympic and Farnesina Stadiums and the Stadio dei Marmi, and is located in an area that can be surely considered as the heart of Roman sport. It is the undisputed center of all swimming-related activities. The Roman water-polo team is based here in the Stadio del Nuoto. In the Foro Italico there is also an athletics track, tennis courts and a roller-skating rink. Occasionally concerts are also held here.
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 heart of Montesacro, between Viale Ionio and Via delle Isole Curzolane, Piscina Crawl 2000 is a haven for aquatic sports enthusiasts. Other than numerous swimming courses for infants and children of all ages, Crawl boasts a wide selection of aquatic activities for adults: from aqua gym and aqua soft, to aqua bike and courses dedicated to new mothers. The adult activities are divided in three categories: toning, relaxing and cardiovascular. Thanks to renovations, the pools are easily accessible for the disabled.
Located on the well-known commercial street Via Ugo Ojetti, the Athlon Sports Center is a reference point for sporty people and wellness fans in the Montesactro/Talenti neighborhood. Here you will find a wide range of aesthetic treatments and procedures - including laser hair removal, massages and photo-rejuvenation. As well as a great variety of sports and fitness activities for children and adults: from swimming and aqua gym to water polo, pilates, judo, ice skating, and funky and Caribbean dance. The Athlon Sports Center also offers aquatic activities for pregnant women and newborns. After your training, have a light meal at the friendly rest stop!
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!
This championship 18 hole golf course is inspired by the Scottish courses and is a delightful course for golf experts. Some of the holes have lovely views of the surrounding country side and if you reach the 17th hole you can see in a distance the dome of St. Peter's on the Roman skyline. Open for amateurs and pros, they also offer teaching lessons and kids are welcome to learn the game.
An aquatic park covering 90,000 square meters (968751.94 sqaure feet), Hydromania has the fastest water-slides in Italy. It also has an enormous swimming pool with a wave machine, a 25 meter (82 feet) Olympic-sized swimming pool, a six-lane water slide, a mushroom-shaped water spout and swimming pools with slides and games for children. Visit the bar and restaurant to beat the hunger-pangs and rejuvenate yourself for the remainder of the day.