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Camping Cisano San Vito
Reviewed 23 July 2012

Stayed here in a Venue 2 bedroom mobile which was on the San Vito site, location of mobile excellent right beside swimming pool. A short walk over to Cisano site via an underpass to the other swimming pool which has two small slides suitable for 7 years old and younger. Not far from here is the lake which is absolutely fabulous and where we spent all our time. Gets very crowded in the sanded area, but there are plenty of spaces further down on the rocks, which is comfortable enough when you put a towel down to lie on. Venue mobile was spotless and Marc is a great ambassador for Venue, checked in on us every day. Lots to do in the area about half hour walk along promenade to Bardolino and in the opposite direction about 45 mins walk to Lazise which is worth a visit.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

5 of us stayed for 4 nights in July. We had a 2 bed 1 bathroom unit with decking. It was a very tight squeeze so luckily we had the decking to use as our dining area. The bedroom with the 3 beds (1 bunk and 1 single) was smaller than an average bathroom so only one person could really sleep in there comfortably, the only way you could have 3 people in there is if they are under 12 years old. 3 of us voted to use the public showers as the bathroom shower was just so small and the weather so hot it was unbearable (the public amenities were spotlessly clean). The unit had no airconditioning (we had to ask for fans), toaster, microwave or electric kettle, these items I would have thought in 2012 would be standard inclusions even in the lowest rating of accom.
Other than those things we had a nice relaxing time as the area is so beautiful it is just nice to go for long walks, catch the ferry or just visit the close by villages.
One thing I would mention is that the first lot of reception staff are not very welcoming, friendly or helpful. The actual Keycamp staff are young but enthusiastic and make you feel welcome.
We ate at the camp's pizzaa/pasta restaurant a couple of times and even though the food was good and reasonably priced, the service was very hit and miss. It became a joke with us as to what we were going to end up with once we placed orders for food and drink.
Overall I would like to stay again in Lake Garda but choose an apartment or villa with a few friends instead.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Nice Location - Nice Accomodation - but Campsite could have been better!

In summary - we are a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 girls aged 8 and 5) that booked to stay in the THOMSON ALFRESCO accomodation. Flew into Milan Linate which is an easy 1hr 45 mins drive along mainly motorway. We hired a car through Thomsons and i would suggest that car hire is very much worthwhile. Lake Garda as a destination is lovely with some the very pretty harbour towns within 2-3 miles of the site and some attractions not much further afield. The accomodation is good with the Thomson caravans well positioned in the site. The plots are small accomodating only really the caravan and its veranda. The camp site we felt was a let down in so much that we felt
1) the pools were dirty
2) the main childrens pool was far too cold
3) the entertainment was dire
4) the service in the lake side restaurant was terrible. The central restuarant was good
5) the "beach" and its waterfront was poor (beach being a very loose definition)
Hence would we go back to Lake Garda - possibly - would we stay at Cisano San Vito again - NO.

Now for a bit more detail.

Getting there - flew to Milan Linate with BA from LHR. No problems at all - Verona is a closer airport to Lake Garda but for us it would have meant a different airport in the UK. It was about 1hr 45 mins to the site and a very easy drive - it is a toll motorway which cost us circa E8.50.

Car Hire - Hired a car through Thomsons (Jigsaw3000) which proved as cost effective as any other option (circa £360 for 12 days). BE WARNED - we were advised by Thomson that the damage excess waiver would be E60 payable locally - when we arrived they told us it would be E250! We took our own booster seats rather than pay the £8 per day per seat charge (that is a rip off!)

Accomodation / Rep. On the whole the accomodation was very nice. There were a few things that Thomson could improve upon and a few things they did well. Our comments would be:
1) Hair dryers - there were none in the caravans (we were told that there would be none) so take one
2) Safety deposit boxes - the caravans were fitted with boxes but they did not work - we were advised to hire one in the main reception which we did however they only had 14 boxes for the whole site
3) Linen - it was disappointing that given Thomson are advertising as "luxury" caravans that they did not provide any change of linen for stays of say 7 days or more.
4) Pillow - you will be provided with 6 pillows. No more are available.
5) Games Cupboard - something we found good for both the rain day (we had 1) and also when it was too hot to be out and about was the provision of the games cupboard in the reps booth.
6) Location - Thomsons have about 11 caravans which are located to the rear campsite. The vans are in quite a good spot - close to the pools, close to the central restaurant and supermarket - however a bit of a walk (with steps) to the waterfront. The vans are packed in but 50% of the Thomson ones do overlook an olive orchard / vineyard
7) Mosi - we did not have any real problem with mosi's in the caravan - seemed to get a few bites when down at the waterfront in the evening but not a big problem (albeit my wife had a bad reaction to one or two bites)
In terms of the rep - Linda - she is a very nice lady who seems happy for you to contact her on her mobile when she is not about. We had one small problem with the door of our van which she sorted quickly. She did have a tendancy to refer you back to main reception for more general local knowledge queries.

The Campsite - Predominantly occupied by germans or dutch (hence you will most likely be spoken to in german)
The camp site we felt was a let down in so much that we felt
1) the pools were dirty. The childrens pool with the slides was a good pool however it was clear that it was not maintained as well as it could be. There were life gaurds present who occasionally commented if you did not wear your swim cap. They were quite oblivious however to people sitting in the childrens pool with their beer bottles and pint glasses which i would have though pose more of an issue in a pool should they smash
2) the main childrens pool was far too cold. You would think by Aug they would warm up?
3) the entertainment was dire - truelly dire. The kids mini disco was ok given the animation team had about 4 languages to contend with. After that however i can not get over just how bad it really was....
4) the service in the lake side restaurant was terrible - we ordered a starter to share, lasange, nuggets, two pizza's. Lasange arrived first - nuggets 5 mins later - starter 5 mins after that - two pizzas after lasange and nuggets and starter all finished? The central restuarant however was good and there you could find some nice singers whilst having your meal.
5) the "beach" and its waterfront was poor - beach being a very loose definition. I dont think Lake Garda has any beaches in the sense that we would use the term beach. It has a waterfront which generally comprises a gravel footpath - a small width of grassy gravel verge, an small embankment or boulder breakwater, the lake. Take some swim shoes for the lake as it can be either gravelly or muddy and the steps can be slippy.
6) The childrens play areas were a bit of a let down and expected a lot more

The location. The campsite is located almost midway between two very nice harbour towns of Lasize and Bardilino. They are about 3m and 2m away and can be walked to along the water front. The campsite is just a 5 min walk away fron the little harbour village of Cisano located between the two towns. Cisano itself has about 4/5 restaurants and is a nice evening stroll. You can also get on some ferries from Cisano but it is not on the main ferry service. We got the ferry up to Bardalino to visit the market which was a nice morning trip. Other attractions - Gardaland; expensive for a full day at 140 euro for a family of 4. Movieland Aquapark - about 88 euros for a family of 4; we went for a day and enjoyed it - it quietened down a little in the afternoon. The Thermal Park - well worth a visit - about 25 euros per adult and kids generally got in free - notably most of the visitors were italian!

Hence - Nice Location - Nice Accomodation - but Campsite could have been better!

Any questions please ask... photos also posted.

Room Tip: Hire a car but take out damage excess in uk. Venture beyond the campsite and explore.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

My wife said after we left Cisano Camping, that usually you are sad to pack your bags at the end of a stay. At Cisano we couldn't leave quick enough.

From the room information sheet it clearly states that Cisano Camping is a 4*, and in the high season costs €42 a night.

We arrived at the end of August for three nights in the Cisano rooms, we were two adults and two children aged 3 and 6.

Looking back alarm bells should have rung when I realise that they don't have pictures of rooms on the website, there is only a photo retouched image from outside, I say retouched because there is a grass lawn on the left of the pic which is not there and in reality and I'm sure that it never could have been from looking at how it is, just a brown scrub with tree roots sticking up. It is in fact the car park for those staying there.

The Cisano apartment block is a very run down set of rooms which, to be frank it reminds me of something you might see in a film where you pay for the room by the hour.

The first jaw dropping moment came when we noticed on entering the room that the entrance door has a glass inner, granted it wasn't a clear glass pane but obviously it beggars belief that Cisano camping would think that on a privacy and security level this would be ok. The other problem related to this was that the landing light was directly outside our room so if we were sleeping and someone switched the light on it would illuminate the room. They did though thoughtfully leave a piece of cord across the top of the door so that we could make our own curtain.. what fun! See what we made in the attached pic. Also worth noting is that the light is not on a timer and has only one on and off point at the entrance so quite I woke up in the middle of the night to switch off the landing light that someone had left on.

We moved in just after it was cleaned. Cleaned is a stretch here as we spent a good while afterwards removing all the dead insects from the floors and surfaces.

There seems to be a problem with damp in the room as you can see from the attached pictures. You can easily make out the markings on the walls and ceiling from where black mould was removed and then left unpainted. This is emphasised by the black guttering in around the shower and the tiling.

The fittings in the room, shower, sink taps etc would be more at home on a tip, in the picture you can clearly see the taps have lost their colour completely and leak.

The shower is possessed! The cold tap brings hot water the hot tap cold. If you manage to get the water at a good temperature more often than not right at the worst moment it would flip to very cold or boiling hot. Not so good when you have a three year old.

The mattresses in the room were filthy and blood stained and desperately need to be changed, we all awoke each day with insect bites.

The position of the block puts it right next to the main lake road, which has constant traffic all day and well into the night. Because there is no air conditioning in the room you will be forced to open the windows to get some fresh air, make sure you have a anti-mosquito device. For a four star you might expect a better position or at least double glazing to cut out the noise and air conditioning.

We asked if any other areas of the camp site were free, we even asked Thomson al fresco if they had any rooms but everything was booked solid. We tried local b&b's but in such short notice none could accommodate us.

So we tried to put a positive light on the situation and tried not to think too much about it so we quickly got dressed to go to the pool. Surely that would be a different story. Wrong. The three pools all had broken floors, peeling paint and were very dirty. The smaller pool, which we assume was for small children had lumps of black-brown floating algae in it. The jacuzzi next to that pool was empty, which was a good job as all the water jets were black with algae.

We ate one night at the restaurant by the lake which was ok and the prices were in line with the area.

After we ate we stopped by the stage to see the entertainment that evening which was karaoke. I found this quite tedious and not very inventive as all the staff had to do was set up the deck and the guests did the rest.

The next day we went to make our breakfast in the communal kitchen. As you can see from the image the gas hobs are distributed around the room with a double sink in one corner.
Most of the gas hobs don't work. The sinks are very very old much like the bathroom fitting, the white enamel has worn away to show the bald base of the sinks. Areas on the worktops between the hobs the white formica covering has come away to reveal the MDF.

Last year we stayed in a 4* campsite in Corsica, with a clean pool, well maintained, modern clean rooms and good entertainment.
We had none of these at Cisano.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

This was my first visit to Lake Garda and the area was absolutely stunning. The sunset each evening was breath-taking.

We stayed with Thomson Al Fresco. The Rossini Lux was really clean and in a superb location (No.1). On the double bedroom side there was a field with olive trees and a small vineyard. At the front we had a small space for three cars, which hardly moved and one of which was mine. Lynda the rep is excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable. She is quite proactive in dropping by and ensuring that everything is ok.

The campsite itself is very well located and serves as a good base. It’s split over two sites and I was glad to be staying in Cisano rather than San Vito, it is slightly prettier and where the larger pools are located. The site is split by a main road with some traffic noise audible from our caravan. There are tunnels providing access so no need to worry about crossing the roads.

The emplacements around us were reasonably generous for an Italian site (in my experience).

The facilities on the campsite are limited. In some places also a bit scruffy. The pools are smallish and I didn’t think they were very clean. In the kids pool there was quite a bit of algae around the edges and the steps were wobbly. The adult pool in comparison was highly chlorinated. The pool bottoms and sides were quite chipped. I’ve been to two sites before this one (Portofelicie and Norcinni Girasole) and would say poolwise this is the least well appointed. Having said that there were two slides which were just the right size for my 6 year old and attentive life guards on duty all day. It is however, easy to find a spot nearby on the lake with numerous little beaches and grassy areas. The lake was good for swimming in.

The campsite and I would say also the local area is geared up to cater for German tourists, tbh I found myself saying Guttentag more than anything else. I was frequently greeted in restaurants and shops in German.

Food in the local area was fairly standard price I’d say 4.50E – 8.00E for a pizza, but I found the drinks extortionate with 2.50E – 4.00E for a coke. I live in London which is cheaper! The campsite restaurants are convenient, but not much else. I had a steak last night with rosemary potatoes which were like Aunt Bessie’s. I also had a salad with parmesan which was like wax and had to ask for it to be changed twice before I got some fresh stuff.

Entertainment is limited. There is a mini disco in the evening for the young children which is standard fare in these places and went down well with my daughter. Other than that there was a kid’s talent show and kid’s karaoke, great if you are a proud parent and torture if you aren’t. There were also a couple of mimed shows, Grease and the Blues Brothers which were quite fun. The animation team work very hard. I did have to have a word with one of them as I found her putting on a ridiculous English accent quite offensive, but she was very apologetic.

The site is located in a great spot with a short walk to Cisano (10mins), Bardilino (30mins) and Laizie (20mins). All three places had a range of restaurants and were really quite pretty. Cisano has a ferry service albeit limited and it’s possible to get a boat from there to Bardilino which has a greater number of destinations.

For shopping each of the local towns have a market day and they are worth a look. Bardilino has some nice little shops, we bought most of our presents to take home there. Sirmione also has some nice shops and as a place is absolutely lovely with ample parking on the approach. You can’t drive into the town itself. Such a gorgeous place and somewhere I’d like to go back to.

Thanks to Lynda’s recommendation we visited Gardaland in the evening, the entrance fee is half priceish and the most important thing, it is a little cooler. It was well worth the visit and we really enjoyed it.

Again another one of Lynda’s recommendations was a thermal water park. What a lovely place with two huge warm lakes and various water massage areas.

There is the usual 11pm curfew for cars but the staff were very accommodating providing me with a safe place to park when I came back late one evening.

I would probably come back to this area but wouldn’t base myself here again. I'm very cautious about writing anything which would put off those who have already booked and these reviews are entirely relative to people's preferences. I prefer a larger site with more facilities, eg a gym. However, as a base this is a really good spot and very likely to guarantee a great holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Stayed for10 days in June/July with family and absolutely loved everything about this campsite and its location, we stayed in a Keycamp mobile on the San Vito side and were only a few minutes walk from main reception and supermarket. Camp was spotless and very peaceful, no noise or loud music at night. Reception very helpful with booking excursions to Opera in Verona Arena, Venice ect with tour bus picking you up and dropping you off outside the main gates of the campsite. The two restaurants are very reasonably priced (Meal for 4 with soft drinks approx 45/50 Euro ) and also offer a take away service. Very easy to travel around the lake, you can buy bus tickets from any shop with a T sign outside and it will cost you 5 Euros to Verona, there is a free bus runs to movieland and the bus stop is on the main road through Cisano,you can also get a ferry boat to any part of the lake from Cisano for a few Euros from the shop on the lake front.Movieland is a great day out for all ages and try not to miss the Rambo show. The campsite has a very relaxed feel and within easy walking distance from the lakeside. Cant wait to return.

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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We've just come back from 13 nights at Camping Cisano San Vito and it was great!
At first we weren't 100% happy with it as it's a split site with a road between the camping Cisano and camping San Vito but it's not a main road and there's a useful underpass which is the safest way to get between the 2 sites especially if children are moving around the campsite unsupervised.
The lake is wonderful and great for the kids to play in. It's situated between 2 beautiful towns, Bardolino and Lacise, definitely worth visiting. Both are walking distance which was good for us as we didn't hire a car there. There's also a LIDL on the way to Bardolino, again very useful as the campsite supermarket is expensive.
The only downside was that there wasn't too much you could hire on the lake. There are pedaloes about a five minute walk towards Lacise but that was about it and we thought it would be easy to hire kayaks, windsurfers and boats.
The swimmings pools are lovely,three together and something for all ages plus you can actually swim lengths quite easily in the main pool.
There's also volleyball for the adults and older children which is well run, a big football pitch, table tennis tables, a kids playground and an inflatable play area which is inflated at night but it does cost £3.50 per child to use it so can work out quite expensive.
The weather was really hot about 35 degrees on average so be prepared. By 3pm it's at its hottest and you will just want to get back in your mobile home or be in the water.
The evening entertainment was excellent especially for children as the team who run it are just so good with children and do an hour disco for children each evening before the main entertainment. There was a brazilian dance night and a film quiz which was very entertaining.
There's tonnes of Dutch people on the site and quite a few Germans so at first i was a bit worried that my kids wouldn't have any English kids to play with but they soon made friends with some Dutch kids and also in the second week met some English and Irish kids but it's 80% non English (not a bad thing) which we didn't expect beforehand.
I would recommend this site as it's in a lovely situation and Lake Garda is spectacular but certainly where we were (in a Canvas mobile home), there was a fair bit of road noise which did keep my wife awake at times. There's also a fair bit of walking to do as most of the English companies like Canvas and Keycamp are on the San Vito site so you do have to walk across to the Cisano site to get to the pool and the Lake but you soon get used to it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Via Peschiera 48, 37011, Bardolino, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Verona > Bardolino
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