Carpediem Roma Golf Club, Rome
Example Booking: 17,750 eXpectations points, 14th – 21st October 2016, 1-bed, sleeps 4
Members of eXpectations Holidays could have taken advantage of this fantastic RCI Late Exchange booking to explore the “Eternal City” of Rome for 7-nights during 14th – 21st October 2016. Guests could be checking into a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) at the Carpediem Roma Golf Club, just 30-minutes outside of Rome city centre, for only 17,750 points! This holiday would usually have cost 35,000 points, although a 50% Late Deal discount was applied since it was available less than 14 days prior to arrival on the RCI website when we looked on 3/10/2016. If you prefer a little more time to plan your holiday to Rome there were numerous alternate dates available as far in advance as 2018 at this resort.
RCI Hospitality Carpediem Roma Golf Club
The resort offered members the best of both worlds with the hustle and bustle of Ancient Rome complimented by peaceful Lazio countryside.
Sweeping views of the nearby Marco Simone Golf Club and surrounding countryside welcome guests to the stylish apartments of the Carpediem Roma Golf Club. Each come complete with chic lounge/dining areas decorated to evoke a relaxed ambiance leading out onto a private patio or balcony. Kitchenettes afford guests the luxury of self-catering, however, Italian cuisine is some of the most popular in the world so why cook? The resort itself features a bar & restaurant serving Italian classics: pizza and pasta.
After exploring all of Rome’s fascinating sights what better way to relax than with a visit to the Wellness Centre? Here you’ll find a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna whilst the Turkish Bath is the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing. A fitness centre features at the resort whilst a mere 3km away the 27-hole Championship Marco Simone Golf Club, host of the 2022 Ryder Cup, is a real treat for golfers.
Rome, The Eternal City
Rome is an intricate & passionate city with origins in one of the most revered civilizations in history, a culture to rival any in Europe and a cuisine to melt even the most stubborn of taste-buds. For history buffs Rome is the ultimate playground with hours of endless discovery all within 30-minutes of each other, take segway tours, hire a bike or simply wander the streets of Rome.
Using Piazza Venezia as a starting point visitors can wander nearly 3,000 years back in time to explore Rome’s origins from the 7th Century onward. Step into the magnificent Palazzo Venezia, constructed in 1455 by Cardinal Venezia, as the seat of Venice in Rome. Turn the corner and along the cobbled Via dei Fori Imperiali toward the awe-inspiring Colosseum stopping either side of the causeway to admire the beautifully preserved Roman Forum (book advanced tickets online for both to avoid long queues). Stop at one of local cafes for a spot of tortellini al prosciutto and world-famous gelato before setting off for the nearby Trevi Fountain.
October should make Rome less crowded allowing for the ultimate photo-opportunity at the famous fountains, remember to throw a penny (or 3) over your shoulder to return to Rome, new romance and marriage. From here head through the winding streets to stumble across the Pantheon, a memorable location and fitting tribute to the gods warmed by stunning natural sunlight from its rooftop oculus on clear days.
A city in its own right, Vatican City, to the West of Rome’s centre is within walking distance, although bicycles are a much quicker and romantic way to arrive. Heading straight down the Via della Conciliazione the welcoming arms of St Peter’s square greet you as you arrive at St Peter’s Basilica. The utterly remarkable Sistine Chapel is one of histories greatest treasures and cannot be missed (again, be sure to pre-book tickets as crowds soon gather).
If the history of Julius Caeser & Marcus Aurelius or Renaissance style of Michelangelo isn’t for you, Rome offers even more for tourists. Visiting in October coincides with Rome’s International Cinema Festival (Festa Internazionale di Roma) where entertaining delights are in abundance. For sport’s fans Rome is the home of the Italian Rugby Team (The Azzurri) as well as Roma and Lazio professional football teams all of whom ply their trade at the magnificent Stadio Olympico. Be sure to catch a game whilst the team’s in town or if this isn’t for you stop by a local cafe and sample the rich aroma of Italian coffee whilst people-watching modern day Romans.
To show the value of an eXpectations membership we compared the cost of this holiday against an equivalent offering on Booking.com. 7-nights were available at the Carpediem Roma Golf Club during 14th – 21st October 2016 within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for £848 (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on: 3/10/2016).
In comparison, this holiday at the Carpediem Roma Golf Club was available on RCI.com within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) during the same dates for 17,750 points (inclusive of 50% Late Deal discount). The cost of this holiday (excluding the initial purchase price of eXpectations points) came to £439 (when we looked on: 3/10/2016). This includes the associated maintenance fees for 17,750 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online RCI exchange fee and £70 club card for 2 people.
This means members of eXpectations Plus could have saved a potential £400 by booking this points holiday based on the comparison above.