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

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Looking for a fun family holiday to Italy on a budget? This Eurocamp Holiday Review is all about Camping Village Valle Gaia (in Tuscany, Italy). I’ve included our experiences, photos, details about the Eurocamp accommodation, what there is to do locally (including sight-seeing in Florence and visiting the beach), driving time from Calais, the closest airport and everything else that you need to know about this lovely holiday park.

Holiday: September 2020 (Updated January 2024)

Camping Village Valle Gaia

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.

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What was Camping Village Valle Gaia like?

Camping Village Valle Gaia was the smallest of the campsites that we visited in Italy – it had a quiet, relaxed, family-feel about it. Amazingly, despite its size, it had an enormous play area which was absolutely brilliant for the kids! They loved playing there in the evenings, when it had cooled down a little, and often had it completely to themselves. It was such a great addition to the campsite.

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What was the swimming pool like?

There were a few pools at Camping Village Valle Gaia which worked really well. There were deeper, more adult friendly pools, and then a children’s pool which was a great swimming depth but also allowed them to stand up and play safely. Behind this pool was a slide going into a smaller pool, and Finn and Lola spent hours on it! This campsite didn’t have lots of big waterslides, like some of the other sites that we’ve visited, but it certainly kept them entertained anyway!

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Because there were different pool options, it meant that we didn’t feel like we were annoying those without kids who wanted to swim in the larger pool. It was the end of the season, and the campsite was very quiet when we visited so Finn and Lola had the kids’ pool to themselves most of the time – which they loved! (Having said that, we are homeschoolers so we do travel term-time.)

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We thought we would need swimming caps, as they are often required in Italy, but they weren’t needed here.

 

Local Area:

What is there to do near Camping Village Valle Gaia?

Camping Village Valle Gaia was in easy reach of the beautiful city of Florence which made for a fantastic day out on a day when it was a bit drizzly and overcast.  There we climbed the many steps to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo which gave us the most stunning view over the city and was definitely a highlight of our trip.

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We found the traditional buildings and cobbled streets of Florence completely enchanting, and I would highly recommend a visit if you holiday in Tuscany. We loved it there. 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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Though we couldn’t climb it as Lola was too young, we also had a visit to The Leaning Tower of Pisa which the little ones found really interesting. We did, of course, have to get the classic ‘hold it up’ tourist photo! 😆

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This sandy beach was a short drive from Camping Village Valle Gaia too, so we enjoyed a beach day and it gave us a change of scenery after the amount of time we’d spent in swimming pools during the trip! Despite the weather being stormy most nights, as we were now at the end of September, most days the weather was beautiful. And, everywhere was really quiet with it being later in the season.

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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 the worst mobile home of the trip – we booked Comfort level (known as Classic from 2024), which was supposed to be a step up from the Classic range that we stayed in at the start of our trip in Cisano San Vito campsite in Lake Garda, but this one was very old and had seen better days – it was dirty, mouldy and the oven didn’t work.

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To be honest though, it’s hard to generalise each type of accommodation because it largely depends on when Eurocamp last upgraded their mobile homes on that particular site – if it had been a newer version, it would be have been perfectly adequate.

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Luckily, the Eurocamp rep was a brilliant older gent and we were soon gifted €100 for a meal out and moved to a brand new mobile home as soon as it became available. Our funded meal out was a lovely break from cooking and we went crazy on huge plates of pasta and too much pudding! 😂 We randomly picked a traditional Italian family hotel restaurant for our meal, and the people were just gorgeous with the children, despite not speaking much English.

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The Azure mobile home (known as Comfort Plus / Premium from 2024) that we were upgraded to was brand new for that season so it was all very well presented and clean. With this accommodation there were extras such as a toaster and a plug in kettle (rather than a hob kettle) and a posher decking area. The Azure mobile home was comfortable and felt nicer and cleaner than some others we had stayed in.

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 Camping Village Valle Gaia?

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 snack 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 Italian campsites, 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 Camping Village Valle Gaia cost – was it good value for money?

By day we had glorious sunshine, but by night torrential rain and HUGE thunderstorms which shook the caravan! Luckily, the days were lovely so it didn’t dampen our spirits, and we enjoyed our week at Camping Village Valle Gaia.

It was a good location for the beach, and for visiting Florence and Pisa too. Our Comfort (now known as Classic from 2024) accommodation was only about £200 for the week and, with our posh upgrade, it was a super cheap base to explore from.

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The pools and the play area kept the kids busy on the days that we weren’t exploring, and the campsite had a lovely family feel about it – it was definitely great value for money.

If you like to road trip like us, and you’re planning on driving, Camping Village Valle Gaia is about a 13.5 hour drive from Calais, but we broke up the journey. You can read all about our 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!

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And, 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 nearest airport is Pisa which is 60km away from Camping Village Valle Gaia. If you’re flying, I would definitely recommend hiring a car to make it easier to see the sights and get out and about, as this location is not one where you’d be able to explore on foot.

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 Village Valle Gaia on the Eurocamp website.

 

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

Check out my article: 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 the other campsites that we’ve visited, just click through below:

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

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

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping La Chapelle, Argelès-sur-Mer, Roussillon, South of France

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

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Manor Farm Campsite, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Beekse Bergen Lake Resort, Hilvarenbeek, North Brabant, The Netherlands

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Wassenaar, South Holland, The Netherlands

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Exploring Europe? You might be interested in these articles too:

Disneyland Paris Guide / Review: Can it be done in one day? What we spent, money saving tips & is it worth it?

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Cheap family travel: 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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Travelling on a budget? Check out:

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

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

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Ready for an adventure? Head to the Eurocamp website to create your perfect family summer holiday.

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