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Updated January 2024
Holiday: September 2020
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!
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.
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! 😉
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.
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 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.
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.
We found parking outside of Verona and walked in – it was stunning, and one my favourite places that we visited in Italy. It felt very relaxed and authentic, and we enjoyed eating a picnic and watching the world go by from a park bench.
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?!
Venice is another must visit, and it’s an easy day out 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. They most enjoyed seeing the ambulance and police boats, as well as the gondolas.
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. But, 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.
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. There’s loads to do locally in the Lake Garda region.
Was the accommodation good?
We booked with Eurocamp but they, along with lots of other providers, simply place their own accommodation on the sites which are run independently. This was our first mobile home of the trip, and our first experience of Eurocamp – we were on a tight budget so we booked the cheapest option which was a Classic mobile home.
The mobile home was really 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.
It was ridiculously cheap, keep reading to find out how little we paid for our stay, but it had everything that we needed and was a great base so it was incredible for the price.
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?
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.
We always self-cater to keep costs down, but there were restaurants on the campsite and a pool bar too. All of the campsites 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 mobile home we stayed in, making it easy to load and unload the car of luggage and food shopping.
We paid for Wifi on all of the sites that we visited during our trip, 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.
Eurocamp mobile homes are not equipped with TVs, unless you hire from their top range, so it’s handy to take a tablet or laptop with you with some movies for when you want a quiet evening.
All of the Eurocamp reps we met on our trip were friendly, helpful and spoke (or were) English.
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 the whole Italian road trip. We paid very little for our 10 day stay there – it worked out about £250, so just £25 per night – 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.
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!
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: Our Italian Eurocamp Family Road Trip: What we spent, tips & how to explore Italy with kids on a budget!
If you’d prefer to fly, the closest airport is Verona – just 25km away from Camping Cisano San Vito, though I would also recommend hiring a car to make it easier to see the sights and get out and about. Having said that, you could certainly get by in this location on foot or using public transport if need be.
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!
For more information, and to check prices for your dates, click here to check out Camping Cisano San Vito on the Eurocamp website.
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