Al Fresco Holidays Bella Italia holiday Parc in Peschiera, Italy is located on the shores of Lake Garda. Our family (2 adults, 2 children 1yo & 3yo) stayed for one week in June, and despite the size of the site, found it easy to find our way around thanks to the simple layout and handy map. We stayed in one of the many cabins onsite however there is a wide range of accommodation available including holiday apartments, a hotel and vast space for camping.
The first place we visited after dropping off our suitcases at the cabin was of course the swimming pool - one of several over three locations at the Parc. All the swimming pools are fantastic they are not too deep so the children can safely play and the adults can splash about too. The largest swimming pool area has a 'swimming' only pool (where you need to wear a swimming hat) so there is a place to escape all the young children. There are countless slides, water fountains and fun at the pools to entertain children of all age groups.
The pool areas are kept really clean and the swimming pool toilets are really well supplied and cleaned all day. We were impressed at how well looked after the site and communal areas are. There is a bar and food snack area by the two main pool locations and the prices for eating at these is not too bad. The Parc itself has a Supermarket and greengrocers which opened early and closed late and covered all supplies, it was a 5 minute walk from our cabin which made the breakfast croissant run very easy!
The Parc also has several places to eat, there are two bars which serve sandwiches etc and a large restaurant where you can get a more typical Italian meal. The staff were really friendly and great with all the children dashing about, they even have a kids tv area for little ones. Prices are reasonable and the food we had was decent though not exceptional. There is a third pool area at the far end of the Parc, it is smaller and less busy - a great retreat! Next to this is another large restaurant, specialising in grilled fish and meat. There are a few cash points and a nice ice cream store in the centre of the Parc, great for an after dinner treat on the walk home.
There is also a small gift shop and arcade, neither of which we used. The Parc has a bicycle hire shop which was really popular, we couldn't get a bike as they were all booked up so I would advise you book in as soon as you arrive if you want to use them. The idea of biking out to some of the different towns was really appealing and we saw many people doing it, with children on smaller bikes or sitting in a child seat. These would also be helpful for just getting around the site if you are staying in one of the locations further from the facilities.
Bella Italia Parc also has an Entertainment programme and activity area with table tennis tables and a stage for afternoon / evening shows. We travelled out of peak season so there was less happening but we could hear plenty of fun being had and the stage was open at all times so there was always children playing on it. It was also a great shaded area for tired children (and parents).
There are also a few playgrounds (swings, climbing frames etc.) which our children really enjoyed and a bouncy castle/soft play area which you have to pay for and is for over 3's only (this is a loose rule!).
The staff on site are very friendly, the reception staff speak perfect English (and many other languages) and were very helpful with helping us plan our days out and travel to the airport. We flew to Milan and chose not to hire a car, which was a good move as there was so much to do in walking distance and the bus service was great so we saved some money and also still did some exploring. The Parc is close to a train station which can take you to Milan, Verona and Venice so it is really well positioned if you want to do some touring.
Our family stayed in a Vivaldi cabin, which has a double room and two twins. The cabins are small but well equipped. There was an oven, fridge/freezer, kettle, microwave, dining table and chairs and all the cutlery and china needed. There is also a decking out the front of the cabin with garden furniture and a sun shade, which meant we could have nearly every meal outside. Al Fresco also supply an airer which proved invaluable for drying the swimming kit, as there is definitely little room inside the cabin for this. The Parc does have washing machines and dryers (approx. €4.50 per use) if needed.
We are a family with small children so the lack of space inside the cabin wasn't too difficult to manage, we were also not using all the rooms. The rooms fit the beds and not much else so you'll have to be pretty tidy! The toilet in our cabin was very clean but had a chemical smell that we found strong.
The location of Bella Italia is great, the town of Peschiera is beautiful and a 15 minute walk along the lake. We went to the market in the town on Monday and it was really enjoyable, a great atmosphere and good for getting some holiday gifts. The Lake is just stunning, you can sit in the campsite and enjoy the view or you can walk to the shore and dive in the Lake!
For families I would recommend Bella Italia, the children will love everything on offer and you will easily find enough things to do to keep them entertained. The setting is beautiful and you can explore as more or as little as you like. If you have a large family or are staying for two weeks it would probably be best to hire a car, so you can really explore and take as much stuff as you need. Below is some more information from Al Fresco Holidays:
Al Fresco Holidays is one of the largest mobile home operators in the UK, with over
10 years experience as European specialists in mobile-home holidays, offering a wide range of the best quality 4-5 star camping resorts.
Journalist travelled to Bella Italia in June 2014
Bella Italia Open: 5th April to 26th October 2014
Head to the pool complex for aquagym to kick off the day, cycle through the leafy lanes to pick up paninis for lunch, perhaps sneak in a siesta before tennis in the afternoon, this active parc has a wide range of facilities to keep everyone amused.
Prices are from £218 for five people staying in a Puccini mobile home at Bella Italia arriving 27/09/2014 for seven nights. (OFF-PEAK)
Prices are from £1,158 for five people staying in a Puccini mobile home at Bella Italia arriving 07/07/2014 for seven nights. (PEAK)
All parcs have a range of entertainment and facilities.
For more information or to help find the perfect parc and to book, please visit
www.alfresco-holidays.com or call 08436 362586
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