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Can anyone recommend a resort in Italy

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Samnella Thu 17-Jan-13 22:21:46

I am driving myself nuts trying to find somewhere for us for a week in August. DCs will be 5 and 7 . I know I definitely want:

S/C villa 2 or 3 bed and private so somewhere not built up or overlooked.
Private decent sized pool that we can swim rather than just paddle in.
Walking distance to a village/town for bars/food. Nice family place not fishn'chips or 18-30s.
Good food. I must add I am vege (no meat/fish) so Italy normally works well for me.
We don't need childcare or entertainment.

We shall drive and want places nearby to go and see. The beach is a bonus but not essential.

I am having no problem finding villas on owners direct but would like to focus on particular resorts/towns/villages.


makemineapinot Wed 23-Jan-13 22:54:59

Samnella, we've always been in August and it was never cramped or too noisy. You do have to pay for sun beds so 99%of people lay on towels round pool/on beach but never a lack of space. The pitches round mobiles were spacious (ours were anyway - with Canvas) and set out sociably x

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:45:32

L Garda apt - some availability in August & restaurants in walking distance

how can you resist the blue washing machine? wink

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:42:44

apt on L Maggiore

not so much to do up there

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:39:38

another private pool near Poggibonsi 3km from nearest bar

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:37:07

this one is near Poggibonsi which Fluffy mentioned

beautiful location, delightful inside too - can't tell if pool is shared with others or not. will require driving everywhere again though

notcitrus Wed 23-Jan-13 21:32:04

The smaller Garda towns are ok even in August, eg Bardolino or Sirmione. And can be done by public transport using buses from Verona and river boats.
But villas tend to be up in the hills so need to drive if you don't want a hotel or campsite.

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:23:57

villa with private pool, in vicinity of San Gimignano (which is fab!) but you'd have to drive everywhere

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:20:28

another apt in Cetona - available second half of August. This looks lovely, esp the garden

Ponders Wed 23-Jan-13 21:15:27

apartment with shared pool at Cetona in Tuscany - walking distance to town centre - it doesn't say how many apartments are there though

I think you're going to struggle to find an actual villa, with private or shared pool, within walking distance of amenities

Cetona is well placed for visiting Tuscany & also Umbria. We stayed in Sinalunga last time - about 20 miles to the N - & had a wonderful time, partly touring & partly vegging smile

Samnella Wed 23-Jan-13 20:30:07

Thanks Fluffy1234 I shall look into that. I looked at the campsite and decided it wasn't for us. We want something smaller. Either some villas around a shared pool or our own villa.

Fluffy1234 Wed 23-Jan-13 13:53:01

Op I stayed in the Poggibonsi area and that was lovely and very easy to visit Sienna and Florence. On another trip we visited Pisa which was a great day out. I love Tuscany, so beautiful with great day trips.

Samnella Wed 23-Jan-13 13:00:50

Thanks makemineapinot - Have you been in August? Just wondering how noisy and cramped it gets in peak seaon.

makemineapinot Tue 22-Jan-13 23:45:55

Go here love it!! It's a campsite about 40 mins from Venice. 5 mins walk to spectacular beach, 10 mobs thru pine walk (take a torch!) to local town which caters mostly for Ilans. Direct bus to Venice or Carle - beautiful town with water park and camp set is just right, multi cultural, safe, entertainment there if u want it but not in your face!

Samnella Tue 22-Jan-13 20:29:56

Thank you MadameCastsfiore. Unfortunately they only have one one-bed flat in August which wouldn't work for us. I am going to look at Lake Garda.

Helennn Tue 22-Jan-13 15:58:04

Does anyone know what the weather would be like in Lake
Garda at end of May/beg of June? What are chances of rain as opposed to Southern Italy? looks lovely, but dont want rain!

MadameCastafiore Tue 22-Jan-13 06:40:48


It really is glorious - the kids adore our time there each year and have loads of friends who they email all over the world that we have met there.

Ravello is a great place to go to though - you can go to Sorento, Positano and Capri as well as Amalfi from there and is not too busy, has a fab square with nice little shops and good restaurants and the people are so friendly.

Bunbaker Mon 21-Jan-13 23:41:04

We went the last week of August two years ago. While it was busy it wasn't as busy as we expected which was a pleasant surprise.

Samnella Mon 21-Jan-13 21:45:37

Thanks all. I am loving the power of MN smile.

I really liked the idea of Lake Garda but have heard its manically busy in August.

I love the link to the complex Ponders. Thank you. It goes against what I said I wanted but it looks lovely.

MadamCastafiore - Thank you for the information. I googled the name but haven't got anything. Do you have a link? Or can I double check the spelling.

MadameCastafiore Mon 21-Jan-13 21:07:07

We always go to pogliere campiglioni in monteviarhi.

No beach and not walking distance you have to drive but is fab. Owners brilliant and you get loads of different nationalities who all get along and the kids play so lovely together.

Went one year and met a wonderful South African lady and her family. Asked her how she knew about it and she said someone called Madam Casrafiore had recommended it on mumsnet.

There is horse riding nearby, you can visit Sienna, Luca and Arezzo. All which are fab!

This year will be our 6th visit.

Ponders Mon 21-Jan-13 21:06:36

oh, the first one is actually 2km from Moiano 'which has all you need: bank, pharmacy, supermarket, bakery, gelateria, pizzeria'

(maybe not all you need but it's a start!)

Ponders Mon 21-Jan-13 21:02:21

Instead of Garda you could consider Castiglione del Lago although I've just been looking a bit & can't find any properties that tick all your boxes; mostly they're a few km from town, &/or have shared pools

But it's a nice-sized town, on a massive lake (with beaches), in Umbria but close to Tuscany, & with easy access to masses of lovely places to visit. Also on the railway

this one is private but not walking distance to anywhere

this is a small complex & still 4km from town (you probably could walk 4km, but in August you might regret it!)

Bunbaker Mon 21-Jan-13 20:34:24

"and I'm not sure if it will be suitable for us!"

Why not? I would take a 2 year old to Lake Garda. The best way to explore the lakeside towns is to get a ferry, which is IMO a much better way of getting around, with or without a 2 year old, than any other method of public transport.

LittlePandaBear Mon 21-Jan-13 20:21:16

Hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread OP - I've been thinking of going to Lake Garda in June however our DD is 2 and I'm not sure if it will be suitable for us! Would prefer a hotel with a separate bedroom, or apartment complex. We won't be driving abroad so also need to be able to use public transport to get around.

Any suggestions of where to go welcome thanks

LIZS Sun 20-Jan-13 11:03:28

We went to Lake Garda mid August and traffic was awful. It can take easily an hour or longer to drive from one end to another. The north end is more mountainous but southern end more accessible and commercial. Many Northern Europeans drive down but their schools go back around 3rd week of August so it should calm down a bit then. Can be very hot (30o+ when we were there, 37 in Verona). Lake Lugano might be a smaller alternative.

ggirl Sun 20-Jan-13 11:01:17

We rented a villa in tuscany and the pool wasn't heated..the water was freezing in August...just something to watch out for

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