Italy has always been on my bucket list as a family holiday destination. So when Eurocamp asked us if we’d like to stay somewhere this summer, I had no hesitation and picked Italy. With a variety of sites in the country, it was difficult to choose somewhere that had it all for us. Pool, swimming, adventure and culture. With the help from the Eurocamp team we decided on Bella Italia site, on the banks of Lake Garda.
Eurocamp specialise in European self-catering holidays, with sites across most of the Mediterranean countries. Accommodation is varied, from the usual mobile home to safari tents, classic tents and lodges. We had booked one of their modern, Azure, mobile homes which was stylishly decorated, clean, and some are even equipped with air con. With temperatures in Italy reaching 39 degrees ours thankfully did!.
The only draw back, was we had to wait for 6 months and the school summer holidays to come! But come they did, and we jetted from Bristol airport bound for Venice. Picked up a hire car from the airport and drove the 1hr 45min to Lake Garda and our holiday for the next 12 days.
Arriving late at night, the courier explained all about the site, and showed us where our chalet was. Nestled beneath a walnut tree, and centrally placed within the parc. The important swimming pool was a short few minutes walk from our mobile home in the morning. Although we did take the boys scooters on the flight with us, so they had the freedom to go around the parc when they wished.
With five pools to choose from, and of course the lake itself, there is no end of things to do. The boys loved the larger pool, with it’s slide and cafe for cheese toasties every five minutes. We also bought them inflatable rings (a doughnut and a pineapple) for them to play in the pool with. It seems everyone has an inflatable something here. I’ve seen peacocks and flamingos!
We decided to alternate our days whilst here. One day would be local, pool or lake, and then either self-cater dinner or take the little land train into nearby Peschiera for dinner. Or drive to somewhere for a day of exploring and dinner out. It seemed to work.
A car is a must. We were able to do a big shop at the local Aldi, so we had food to prepare ourselves. But for anything we needed like fresh bread or ice creams then the onsite supermarket is well stocked.
Our first trip out was to visit Malcesine and go up the cable car to Monte Baldo. What a beautiful little town, with it’s terracotta hued buildings, nestled below towering mountains. The cable car is worth the wait in the heat, although I do recommend buying your ticket before hand, it does cut the wait time down a little.
Arriving at the summit, 1800m above sea level, the air is significantly cooler and the view is spectacular! Lake Garda glistening below us on one side and the dolomites to the other. From the top we scoped out the place where we wanted to swim, once back down. A small bay, with boats moored near the shore and tall cypress trees dotting the banks.
And we found it. Slipping into the cool lake water at dusk was one of my most memorable moments of this holiday. It was utterly magical.
As with most holidays, days become slow and blurred. Pool days, sun bathing and making up games. Playing uno in the shade of the umbrella and eating peaches when hungry. To exploring medieval towns and Roman amphitheatres (see my post on Verona) the other. All interspersed with mountains of great pasta and wood fired pizza.
Bella Italia parc is a great base to explore the wonders of Lake Garda. Do take time to chill in the pool and use the many great facilities – of course it’s a holiday, so do CHILL. But, also try to get out and explore the lake. Just an 1hr away you will be up in the mountains or eating in a small lakeside restaurant away from the tourist crowds… it’s magic.
What we did in Lake Garda:
- Stayed – Bella Italia Holiday Parc with Eurocamp
- Accommodation – Azure 3 bedroom mobile home with a/c
- Ate – locally in Peschiera, we loved La Rocca, at the end of the row of restaurants along the river.
- Visited – Verona, Malcesine, Lago Idra, Gargnano & Porto San Felize.
I shall share more about our trip soon, showing you places we visited, and where else to go.
Collaboration Note: Thank you to Eurocamp for sending us to Bella Italia Holiday Parc for the purpose of this review. We received a 12 night self-catering stay at the parc. All flights and car hire we paid for. All words and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.