Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Cisano San Vito, Lake Garda, Italy

Looking for a fun family holiday in Italy on a budget? This Eurocamp Holiday Review is all about Camping Cisano San Vito in Lake Garda, Italy. I’ve included our experiences, photos, details about the Eurocamp accommodation, what there is to do locally (including sight-seeing in Verona & Venice, and Gardaland Theme Park) driving time from Calais, the closest airport and everything else that you need to know about this fabulous holiday – we absolutely loved it!

We always try to travel on a small budget, so if you’re looking to explore the UK and Europe with the kids (in an affordable way!) then have a browse around my blog for loads of money saving tips and budget family holiday reviews. And if you have any recommendations, please let me know – I’m always planning our next trip! (You can follow our travels on Instagram too!)

Holiday: September 2020  (Updated January 2024)

 

Camping Cisano San Vito Review

In September 2020, we embarked on a budget road trip around Northern / Central Italy with the kids, using Eurocamp sites as cheap bases to hop between. After beginning at Camping Cisano San Vito in Lake Garda, and then moving on to Camping Village Fabulous in Rome, our final campsite on the trip was Camping Village Valle Gaia in Tuscany.

Our first stop, Camping Cisano San Vito in Lake Garda was absolutely fantastic for the kids, and it was our favourite all of the sites that we visited along the way. We spent 10 days there and it was the perfect base for exploring Lake Garda and the surrounding areas – an easy drive to both Venice and Verona.

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What was Camping Cisano San Vito like?

The campsite itself was situated right on the lake – the location was just fabulous – it was such a beautiful place to visit. We had fantastic weather and spent as much time outdoors as possible.

The path alongside the lake made for lovely evening wandering on foot to nearby restaurants, and it’s another place to take a dip if you want a change from the pool. Having said that though, the pool was total kid heaven and it was sometimes hard to drag Finn and Lola out of it! 😉

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Cisano and San Vito are actually two sister parks, joined by an underpass, but you’re able to enjoy the facilities on both sites during your stay. It’s a big site, with two parks in one, with lots on offer to keep everyone busy. It had a great vibe when we visited, and we loved the Lake Garda area as a whole.

 

What was the swimming pool like?

The main pool was deep enough for swimming, but the kids were able to stand up everywhere. So, it was a great depth for them to be able to practise their swimming safely, and they spent so much time in the pool that Lola mastered swimming without her armbands.

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The waterslides and the play area were fantastic, and a real selling point for visiting Camping Cisano San Vito. On the days that we weren’t out and about, or when we needed to cool off when we got back, the pool kept the kids busy for hours. The play equipment and slides catered to children of all ages – with bits for the younger ones too and larger slides for the older ones. It was a brilliant pool complex and a real highlight of the holiday.

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The pool area was clean, the lifeguards were always around, and it was never that busy. (Having said that, we are homeschoolers so we do travel term-time.) Just make sure that you take swimming caps as they were compulsory – a lot of places in Italy require them but you can get them for a few quid on Amazon before you go.

 

Local Area: What is there to do near Camping Cisano San Vito?

Camping Cisano San Vito was the perfect base for exploring Northern Italy. We spent 10 blissful days in Lake Garda – and travelled from here to Venice and Verona which were only a short drive away. There are also lots of attractions within an hour of the campsite too…

 

Verona

The beautiful city of Verona is just a half an hour drive from Camping Cisano San Vito, and it’s well worth the trip. We found parking outside of Verona and walked in – it was stunning, and one my favourite places that we visited in Italy.

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Whilst there, we visited Verona Arena and there was a pop concert rehearsal so we got a free show from lots of Italian popstars which the kids loved! The Arena was €10 per adult, €1 for over 8s, and under 8s were free – so it’s a more affordable one to visit than the Colosseum in Rome, and it’s actually in much better condition.

We had a quick peak at Juliet’s Balcony too – Lola was very confused as she thought I said Gnomeo and Juliet! 😂 No gnomes?! Verona felt very relaxed and authentic, and we enjoyed eating a picnic and watching the world go by from a park bench. It’s a lovely city.

 

Venice

Venice is another must visit – it’s about a 90 minute drive from Lake Garda. We drove to Mestre train station and trained the last bit of the journey – then once we were there we explored on foot. The kids were really fascinated by Venice – they love boats at the best of times so a picnic by the water’s edge was perfect.

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Finn and Lola most enjoyed seeing the ambulance and police boats, as well as the gondolas, but we decided not to ride a gondola due to it being €80 for 30 minutes! Travelling for so long, and on a budget, meant we had to be sensible about what we spent where.

We visited St Mark’s Square and went inside the Basilica and museum which was €5 pp – under 6s went free so Lola was 6 for the day. 😉 The kids were really fascinated by the Basilica, so it was money well spent. For family city break money saving tips, check out my article: How to have a European city break with kids on a budget!

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Local attractions

  • Gardaland Theme Park is also only about a 10 minute drive away from Camping Cisano San Vito, so if sight-seeing isn’t your thing and you’re more of a thrill seeker then that’s a good option for a fun filled family day out.
  • Parco Natura Viva safari park is just a 15 minute drive away and comes highly recommended online!
  • Canevaworld, less than a 10 minute drive from Camping Cisano San Vito, is one of the largest water parks in Italy and was designed to look like a tropical island.
  • Malcesine to Monte Baldo Cable Car is around an hour away if you fancy some walking and beautiful lake views.

 

Was the accommodation good?

We booked a Classic holiday home through Eurocamp. This was our first experience with Eurocamp, as well as the first stop on our Italian road trip. We were on a tight budget so we booked the cheapest accommodation that they had available!

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The holiday home was small and basic, and there was very little storage to unpack anything, but it was perfectly clean and functional. The flooring etc seemed in good condition and it had been well kept or perhaps more recently updated.

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We booked a 2 bedroom holiday home, as again we wanted to keep to a small budget, so we had one double room and the kids shared a bunk bed. The main living space had a seating area, with a table that could be folded down in between meals, and a kitchen with an oven and a larder size fridge/freezer.

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It was ridiculously cheap, keep reading to find out how little we paid for our stay, but it had everything that we needed and it was a great base. The facilities made it really easy to self-cater (which also kept our costs down) and it was incredible for the price – it even had air-conditioning!

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For more info on the accommodation options, and to find out what to pack / what’s included, read my post: Eurocamp holiday reviews: Which accommodation should I choose? What’s included?

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What facilities are on site at Cisano San Vito?

As we travelled during covid, there wasn’t any scheduled entertainment so I’m not able to comment on that. But the site was clean and well run, and the staff were friendly. And, all of the Eurocamp reps we met on our trip were friendly, helpful and spoke (or were) English.

We always self-cater to keep costs down, but there were restaurants on the campsite and a pool bar too. All of the campsites that we visited during our Italian road trip had small supermarkets, equipped with the basics, and we found (whilst some things were dearer than the local supermarkets that we got most of our shopping from) things were reasonably priced so it was perfectly fine if we only wanted a few bits, or fresh baguettes for lunch.

We were able to park directly in front of the holiday home that we stayed in, making it easy to load and unload the car of luggage and food shopping. Most Eurocamp accommodation doesn’t come with a TV – it’s only included with their higher ranges – so it’s handy to take a tablet or laptop with you with some movies for when you want a quiet evening if it’s not included with your holiday home type.

We paid for Wifi on site – which we then turned on and off as needed so it wasn’t wasted when we weren’t using it. It wasn’t dear (as we only used a small amount each day) but it would have been hard to do without, as we didn’t always have signal on our phones to use our mobile data.

 

Getting to Lake Garda from the UK

If you like to road trip like us, and you’re planning on driving, Camping Cisano San Vito is about a 12 hour drive from Calais. But, we had a stop over in Aosta to break up the journey – you can read all about the road trip, including how much it all cost, here: Italy Family Holiday Itinerary: Our 3 week budget Italian Eurocamp road trip with kids!

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If you are opting to drive, then check out my article: Family road trip essentials: 13 things to pack on a road trip with kids to make sure that you have everything you need for a stress free family road trip before you set off. If you’re new to road trips, this article is a great place to start: How to road trip on a budget around Europe – the ultimate family guide!

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If you’d prefer to fly, the closest airport is Verona – just 25km away from Camping Cisano San Vito – and it’s only a 25 minute journey from there. We thought that the public transport in Italy was great, particularly the trains, so I do think this holiday is a great option with or without a car. And, you can easily explore the Lake Garda area (just across the road from the campsite) on foot. But, to make things easier you could also hire a car for a few days whilst you explore further afield and see the sights.

 

How much does a Eurocamp holiday at Cisano San Vito cost – was it good value for money?

For us, Camping Cisano San Vito gave us the best bang for our buck during our whole Italian road trip. We paid very little for our 10 day stay there – it worked out about £250, so just £25 per night! With it being September it was really affordable anyway, and then my husband got a 40% discount through work (via Perkbox) so it was insanely brilliant value for money!

The Classic accommodation was absolutely fine for what we needed, which was a cheap base to explore from, and we loved this holiday so much. (If you’re still not sure if Italy is the right destination for your family holiday then take a look at my article: 10 reasons why you should visit Italy with kids.)

The position of the site on the lake, and its proximity to Verona and Venice for days out, make Camping Cisano San Vito a great option if you like to explore like us – Italy is such an incredible and unique country to visit. And, the site itself was perfect for entertaining the kids – this one was a great all-rounder and we’d definitely visit again!

As we home educate the kids, we are fortunate to be able travel term-time which is a great money saver, but if you’re restricted to school holiday dates then look for May half-term getaways – they’re always so much cheaper than the summer holidays!

But, having said that, affordable school summer holiday travel is possible – I went hunting on the Eurocamp website and found 35 family holidays under £1k! (There were more but I ran out of steam! 😂) So if you do need school holiday dates – this article is a great place to start: Budget Family Summer Getaways: July & August school holiday deals under £1000!

For more information, and to check prices for your dates, click here to check out Camping Cisano San Vito on the Eurocamp website.

 

To find out more about Eurocamp and how to save money on your holiday check out:

The Ultimate Eurocamp Holiday Guide – and money saving tips!

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Or read my blog post: Why do we use always Eurocamp to travel in Europe with the kids?

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Still need help deciding where to stay?

Check out my full reviews of some of the other Eurocamp campsites that we’ve visited:

Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Fabulous, Lazio, Rome, Italy

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Valle Gaia, Tuscany, Italy

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Les Lacs du Verdon Campsite, Regusse, Provence, South of France

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Rome Family Travel Itinerary: How to explore Rome on a budget – in just one day – with kids!

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Our Eurocamp Interlaken Family Holiday: What we spent, tips & how to visit Switzerland on a budget from the UK

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Budget Family Summer Getaways: July & August school holiday deals under £1000!

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Budget Family Holiday Tips: How to travel abroad cheaply with kids

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