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Camping & mobile home holidays in Italy

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There is so much more to Italy than at first meets the eye, and if you are lucky enough to be driving through  this lovely country with a view to taking a camping or mobile home holiday here then so much the better and lucky old you. The regions of Italy which we cover for camping holiday purposes are Tuscany, the Adriatic Coast and the many camping sites around Lake Garda.

If you have the time then reaching northern Italy via Switzerland is a wonderful experience, and this route would lead you directly to the northern lakes where there are a great many camping holiday sites.

Our camping and mobile home holidays in Italy include the following regions:

Lake Garda, the largest of the Italian Lakes. The widest part is in the south surrounded by ancient hills that were left following the glacier recession.

The Adriatic Coast or Adriatic Riviera is Italy’s go-to seaside destination and has been since the 1960s and 1970s. Stretched out along the coast of Emilia-Romagna, it is a favourite among beach lovers and attracts Italians as well as European sun-seekers.

Visitors come to Tuscany come for many reasons: in search of fine art or to explore the extraordinary countryside. Tuscany is a mecca for Gourmets and wine buffs, for walkers, cyclists and for those who love the sea and beaches.

The northern lakes are often called an 'An oasis of beauty and tranquility,' an expression with which we heartily agree, and having seen the spectacular views from the shores of Lakes Garda and Maggiore we believe you will too.

The lakes are superb but they are not there just to look at as from the shores you can involve yourself in anything from swimming to kite surfing to hiring a boat, all great fun for the family.

You may wish to have a 2 centre camping holiday by travelling a little further on to the Italian Adriatic near to Venice, the Jewel of the Adriatic, and down the Venetian coast where the sea is beautiful and the beaches are exquisite.

Leaning Tower of PisaCamping holidays are also available in the Rome/Lazio region of Italy with Rome, the city from where sprung the Roman Empire over 2,000 years ago, almost on your doorstep. If you are driving then we seriously suggest that you take one of the many Park & Ride buses into the city because the roads in there are very busy indeed, and by the time you have reached Rome you will have found that the Italians, though lovely people, don't drive in the same way that we do.

After enjoying a camping holiday around Rome you could make your way north on your return journey and enter France from the A5 autoroute and travel up the eastern side of France to Calais, Dunkerque or the Channel Tunnel.

We hope you will enjoy your time camping in Italy and believe that once you have seen this magnificent country you will feel the need to return soon.

The Lakes

There are five major lakes in the Italian Lake District – from west to east: Lakes Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda and each has its own particular characteristics

Lake Garda is the largest of the five Italian lakes, a place of extraordinary beauty, and it was given the name of Garda in the Middle Ages as a reference to the guardian rocks along its fortress-like northern shores. It is 51km (31 miles) long from Riva to Peschiera and up to 17km (10.5 miles) wide at its widest point which is from Lazise to Moniga, with a coastline 158km (98 miles) long.

Millions of years ago Garda was created by glaciers and now has a depth of 346 metres or 1,135ft and this is where holidaymakers from all over Europe come to play for a week or two in summertime. Indeed, there are more camping and mobile home sites on its shores than on all the other Italian Lakes combined. That shows just how popular this part of Italy is.

There are mountains to the north of it which protect the whole lake area from the cold Alpine winter and this creates a mini-Mediterranean climate of indigo waters where lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards can thrive.

Lake ComoLake Como is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three of its branches meeting at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate. Though this region becomes busy during the summer season it is probably quieter than Garda.

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano is another glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and northern Italy. The lake, named after the city of Lugano, lies between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore. To be honest, most of this lake lies in Switzerland and it is a great attraction for Swiss holidaymakers as well as Brits and those from other European nations.

Lugano is a lakeside city in Cantone Ticino, and is the only majority Italian speaking Canton of Switzerland. It is located at the extreme south of the country and is part of a temperate micro-climate, offering palm trees, picturesque boulevards, stunning views of the lake and the Alps, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities.

Lake Iseo

This is often called “The best place you have never been.”

Getting to Lake Iseo is easy as the nearest airport is just 40min away and there is a train station in the centre of town and buses which connect to nearby cities and the mountain ski stations. All in all then this is a pretty accessible place.

The lake is in Lombardy, northern Italy and it lies between lakes Garda and Como. It is a long and narrow lake winding from north to south and is probably more suitable for holidaymakers who prefer to make their way off the beaten track, which most of Lake Iseo is. There are fewer Brits there which you may or may not consider to be a good thing, but that leaves more space for the others don't you think?

Now if you are into fishing then you should have a ball here as the lake is packed with fish, and possibly that is why most of the restaurants are sited around the shores. Ironically, one of the main industries here after tourism and agriculture is net making - They mean to grab those fish by any which way!

There are a couple more lakes in this region but they don’t feature highly for camping


There are always some camping and mobile home holidays available in Tuscany but possible less than in the Lakes area or the Adriatic. This is after all one of the most famous areas for art in all Italy.

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with a coastline facing the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognisable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s "David" statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.

There are some wonderful beaches along the Tuscany coastline and the seas there are a blue/green through which you can see the sandy bottom from way out to sea.

Rome/LazioAncient artwork in Rome

Well we know that everyone has heard of Rome in the Lazio region of western Italy, but have you ever visited or had a camping or mobile home holiday there? If not then we can honestly tell you that there must be more history packed into that small area than anywhere else on earth.

Just fancy visiting the Vatican City in northern Rome, or the Pantheon which historians believe was first built in 27 BC, since which date it has had a rather chequered history as it was burned down once in the great fire of 80 AD and rebuilt only to be burned down again in 110 AD having been struck by lightning.

Even today, almost 2000 years after its construction, the breathtaking pantheon is a remarkable building to see. The spectacular design, proportions, elegance and harmony are a striking reminder of the architecture of the great Roman Empire.

Of course there are a great many more historical treasures in and around the Italian capital like St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel and there are always the beaches nearby when you tire of digging up more artefacts.

Then there is the colosseum which is surely a “must see” for every visitor to Rome. Built in the heart of ancient Rome the colosseum began to take shape in 27 AD under the watchful eye of Emperor Vespasian. Building work was undertaken by thousands of slaves who finished it in 80 AD. The building has 80 entrances and it provided seating for approximately 50,000 spectators who would come to watch sporting events and games.

The events were very often brutal affairs such as gladiatorial combats, sometimes to the death, wild animal hunts and naval battles involving real ships. To enable this, the building was able to be flooded so that the ships could navigate the waters and allow the teams to fight to the death.

Adriatic Coast

We’ll say this only once; Italy’s Adriatic coastline faces the Adriatic Sea. I only stress that because someone asked me, in all honesty, just where that coastline lay. It faces, across the sea, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina in which during my earlier days were all a part of Yugoslavia.

This is called the “glittering Adriatic Riviera” by many gushing holiday promoters and, indeed, it has been Italy’s go-to seaside destination since package holidays became the in thing in the 1960s and 1970s. Stretched out along the coast of Emilia-Romagna, it’s a favourite among beach lovers and attracts native Italians as well as European sun-seekers to its sandy shores.

The best known resort along this coastline is Rimini, a big seaside town with nine miles of beaches and famous for its nightlife entertainment. While it has a reputation for vibrant nightlife, there’s another side to Rimini. The Old Town though is chockablock with quaint little shops, piazzas and a few Roman buildings which still remain clinging to life.

Camping and mobile home holiday camps on Italy’s Adriatic Coast are many and varied but they all offer clean accommodation, sunshine and lovely beaches.

Italian Cuisine

Wow! This is a huge topic which has to be scaled down to the bare minimum for us to be able to fit it in. Like every other country, Italy's cuisine employs the resources it has most of, and this includes a huge variety of different ingredients which are most commonly used. These range from various fruits, vegetables, a great many sauces and meat. The north makes the best of a good fish stock in the Adriatic as well as potatoes, rice, corn (maize), sausages, pork, and different types of cheeses. Of course, all these represent a mere fraction of the normal Italian food and we absolutely dare not forget to mention their use of pasta.

Some wise old chap, obviously a lover of Italian food once said, "The trouble with eating Italian food is that two or three days later you're hungry again". We believe he may have had some of the dishes listed below in mind:-

Focaccia Bread. 
Pasta Carbonara. 
Margherita Pizza.
Mushroom Risotto. 
Pasta Con Pomodoro E Basilico.

Something the Italians inherited from their Roman ancestors is the making of wine, and this country hosts some of the oldest wine-producing regions on the planet which are known throughout the world for their variety and quality. Indeed, Italy is the world's largest wine producer by volume, a slightly higher output than from France. Needless to say that Italian wine is exported worldwide and enjoyed very much by native Italians too.

In conclusion we can say that a holiday in Italy could be the start of your families’ love of art and ancient treasures whilst combining it with a few days on the beach or swimming in the clear blue seas of the Med or the Adriatic.

Last update: 11.10.2017