Lake Garda

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  1. Scattycat

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    We're thinking of a trip down that way in August, any tips of places to stay and routes to take would be appreciated
    Tia
     
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    You will find it hot at that time of year and busy. We spent a week at "camping butterfly" last year which many others have voted for. It's at the south end of the lake near the local town and if your into cycling there's a river with a cycle path heading south from the lake which at about 6 miles very quaint village and up the hill a large private garden open to the public (nice), take a picnic. The lake is large so lots to see and do if you have transport.
    good travels - enjoy.
     
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    We stayed at Butterfly too - easy cycle to the station about ten minutes ride - got train direct to Venice - tickets on train are good value too.
     
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    We used the site at desenzano del Garda, (also south of lake garda) called camping San Francisco, nice site, lots of facilities, some parking right by the lake
     
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    I would avoid Lake Garda at that time of year. Wait until the school holidays are over.
     
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    There are plenty of places but you will need to be booking one as soon as possible and the prices will be scary.
    August is summer holiday for most of Europe so it will also be busy.

    I suppose the advice about not going during the summer holiday is OK if you have that option. If, like us, it isn't possible for you then the area is still well worth visiting in August.

    Last year we stayed at, and have no hesitation in recommending, Camping Cappuccini http://www.camp-cappuccini.com/en/ In fact we will be there again this summer, in late July.
     
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    Thats looks a lovely site but am I reading it right two adults and a pitch is £46 euros? Are all the sites that exspensive?
     
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    Yes you are reading it right and yes they are all like that. Some are even more.

    Last year, in August with 2 adults, 1 teenager and 2 dogs, it cost us about €70 a night. It's a little less this year because the teenager isn't coming but still a lot.

    You're paying for the location though. It's a great site (coming from me, who hates campsites!), big pitches, all facilities, pool, bar, restaurant. There's direct access to the lake beach which is brilliant for swimming and is dog friendly and the site has it's own beach bar.

    They seem to have the rate about right though because it will be full through the high season - if you wanted to go there this July or August you'll need to be booking in the next couple of weeks or you won't get a pitch
     
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    We are planning ital for next summer. It will be four adults then as both daughters want to come, but suppose cheaper than a hotel and far nicer. Now just need a dog :whistle: I am working on it but hubby is not keen.:(
     
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    So did we, beginning of June. Could not sleep for the heat.

    End of May or September - perfection. Much as I love the place I think August will be a totally different experience.
     
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    It was hot last August but not unbearable. We were spending most of every afternoon in the water with the dogs though so that probably helped.

    When we moved several hundred miles North to Freiburg it was actually 5 or 6 degrees hotter.

    May or September unfortunately aren't options for us at the moment as the brat is still at school.
     
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    We also will be stopping a camping Cappuccini late July early August, stopped at butterfly a couple of years ago and San Francisco both nice sites, price are all typically the same in the summer we booked in October for Cappuccini, the sosta/ Aire in Peschiera is good cost is a lot less but you don't get the facilities
     
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    UKBill is the man to ask about sites in this area

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    €70 a night does sound a lot of money to park a moho. But then (by way of comparison), we were charging - and people were (happily) paying and re-booking - €70 a night for a family of 3 at our French B&B back in 2003. Ok, our punters weren't supplying their own bedroom, but it (kinda) puts things in perspective.

    Italy is probably my favourite European holiday destination for so many reasons. But the worst thing they ever did - from a holidaymakers point of view - was adopting the euro. I first visited in 99/2000 when they still had the Lira and couldn't believe how cheap everything was. Went back the next year - post Euro - what a difference! Still, that's progress I suppose. Doesn't stop it being a beautiful country.

    Sorry for taking the thread a bit "off piste".
     
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    A quieter alternative would be Lake Iseo (Lago D'Iseo) which is much less busy and well worth a visit
     
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    It was a campsite right on the lake.

    I don't know if you've ever been there but during August everywhere is full up. All the sites charge similar rates and they don't have empty pitches.
     
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    I agree. I liked it there as well.
     
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    I remember paying One Million Lire to a hotel on Lake Maggiore. My eyes glazed over but it was not that much.
     
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