The farm-to-table feasts, lively late-night piazze, and jaw-dropping architecture, not to mention the rolling hills, storied lakes, and miles of coast: Italy is a campers dream. Whether road-tripping from north to south, crisscrossing the country on the efficient train service or staying put to go slow, there is something to suit everyone. You can even camp in Italy year-round. Here are five reasons to book your next camping trip to Italy:
Like it or not, the weather has a significant impact on a camping experience. Italy has a Mediterranean climate, enjoying temperatures between 22 and 30 degrees in the summer season. The north of the country is cooler, which makes it a pleasant climate for summer camping adventures, with an average of 22 degrees. Sun-worshippers will enjoy basking on Scilly’s sun-kissed coast at campsites like Camping San Filippo, and during the winter months, RVs head to The Dolomites to camp while skiing, and some campsites offer cosy Alpine cabins. Further south, like Puglia’s lesser-visited beaches might be preferable for the shoulder seasons in spring and autumn. Wherever you are, in the mid to high season the sun is present from eight to ten hours a day.
Campsites on the beach
Italy is known for many beautiful and unique campsites — many on lakes or the coast come with private bays. On CampInn you’ll find a diverse range of campsites, each with its charm from back-to-nature retreats near Lago d’Iseo, Lago di Como and Lago Maggiore to practical roadside stopovers moments from Venice and Rome. Families might enjoy the action-packed resorts around Lago di Garda, while romantics might prefer the medieval villages and forested-tracks surrounding Camping Maremma Sans Souci in Tuscany.
For novice campers or those that want to travel light, glamping, safari tents or cabins might be the right choice, and Italy is full of affordable options. On the pine-forested shores of Tuscany’s coast, Camping Maremma Sans Souci has chalets, and safari tents available to rent, or Campeggio Torre Mucchia offers wooden cabins and igloo-shaped cottages meters from Abruzzo’s azure sea. There are yurts in the forests, lakeside bell tents, mountaintop refuges and safari tents moments from bustling city centres, too.
Camping in Italy isn’t complete without gorging on local feasts. Campsites are often that close to small towns and villages serving up simple, homecooked meals and regional specialities. Campsite owners are always happy to point guests towards local establishments to track down the finest ingredients, homemade pasta and pizza, and learn more about world-renowned food and drink. Some campsites listed on CampInn have farm shops and restaurants onsite , so you can stay put and enjoy the best of Italian dining.
Italy packs a punch when it comes to outdoor fun. The Dolomites, for example, is just as much fun in summer as they are in winter. Adrenalin junkies will love the many via ferrata trails — original World War 1 routes through the mountains with iron cables and ladders — although hiking alone offers some of Europe’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Thanks to a new hiking trail, Italy’s 25 National Parks will soon be connected via the Path of the Parks from mountains to coast. Campsite owners are always happy to point avid adventurers in the right direction or help to organise excursions. The forest meets the sea for mountain biking and swimming adventures in Puglia, and Tuscany’s rolling hills lend themselves to cycling tours. Scuba diving is sensational off Capri, and it’s even possible to catch a glimpse of brown bears in Abruzzo’s abundant national parks.
Whether you’re looking for adventure or rest, lakes or mountains, beach or culture, there’s an Italian road trip or campsite waiting for you. Find some inspiration and get planning by taking a look at CampInn’s campsites in Italy.