Updated: Feb 20
Difficulty Level: 7/10
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Here we are, at our first stop in Rome, Italy. I’m ecstatic yet terrified of what lies ahead. We had just gotten off an 8-hour flight and because there was a delay, we literally had to drop off our luggage and run to our first escape room location. Not sure if my mind is prepared for this?
We took the Rome metro and in about 30 minutes or so, we got off the “Monti Tiburtini” stop. It’s about a 5-minute walk from there. Make sure you are aware that “The Ring: Samara | Origins” is located at the "Via Del Casale Fainelle, 69" location as they have another location as well. As we walked down a meandering road that looks like a dead end, we found a way to turn left and kept walking a little bit more until we got to a place that looked like an old warehouse from the outside. I literally went in and came back out and told Brandon “There’s no one here, let’s go”. Before I can finish my sentence, one of the owners popped their head out and said, “are you looking for an escape room?” Looks like there was no escape for me and in we went.
The lobby area had a few places for you to sit but the décor literally felt like you were in a creepy old garage with antique items that all had a long history. My heart at this point was pounding really fast as I can hear the loud sound effects coming from the room already. Before we entered, we had to sign our lives away on this waiver written in Italian and we had no idea what it meant but hey, what better way to “sacrifice” yourself than to be with Samara forever?
Without further ado, we were debriefed on the storyline. As we returned from a party with our friends, we got distracted and lost control of our car. The car skidded and hit a fence in front of an old abandoned country house. There’s also a storm coming our way so unfortunately we had to seek shelter. With that said our journey began…The set design of this room is insane. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I’m in a movie or a real scenario where I was about to become the next victim of some horror scene. With no spoilers, I can only say I’ve never “entered” an escape room this way. It was definitely a heart pounding experience each step of the way. The lighting, the sound, even the smell was full of “creepiness”. We really appreciated the escape room finding us an English-speaking “Samara” and she was great throughout the game with her hints and her scares at the same time. I must say, there were times I literally had to “beg” for her to give us a few minutes of “ceasefire” so we can think through and actually solve a puzzle. With that said, this escape room is not based on how quickly you can solve the puzzles, it mostly focuses on giving you that “movie-like” experience. The puzzles were not hard at all and there aren’t many of them. You will not be able to escape quickly even if you can solve them promptly as the process is timed on when something should happen. When you are in the room, you will not feel the time at all. All you really care about is... where is Samara? What will happen next? The props used were very real in this room, so real that I don’t know why I wore my nice flats. They were pretty destroyed by the end. We recommend wearing attire that you wouldn’t care to get dirty with. At the end, we got out with two people with no idea on the time. All we know is that we freed Samara, or rather we freed ourselves from Samara! Either way, I was super happy about conquering this fear as “The Ring” was the movie that gave me nightmares for about a one month straight (Post game note: I did not fall asleep until 5AM that day).
We had the privilege to tour “The Exorcists” room with the owner after this game. They currently have a Part 1 and Part 2 at this location. I can’t even imagine what would happen if I had to go through those rooms. It’s HUGE in there with so many intricate designs and surprises. And there I was, so proud of completing “The Ring”. I don’t think I’ll be able to go through with this next level horror. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience to be in a horror movie and to feel what those victims felt, you have found the right place! This is truly an escape room you will need to escape from!
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 9.5/10
(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Room Roma for comping our tickets for this game.
Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.