Lake Garda, Italy August 2013

by Emma Bumpus on August 21, 2013

Azure sky and shimmering turquoise water encircled by fragrant citrus trees and scorching magenta bougainvillea, topped up with lashings of gelato, create the perfect careertraveller family holiday of holidays!

First stop Peschiera del Garda awaits our camping adventure in the form of our premier Eurocamp citadel of family splash, action and pleasure, which with resplendent lakeside panorama, takes camping to the next level!

A saunter to our mobile home- to- be for the next 7 days is a sweet smelling journey to adventure, passing fertile cypress and palm trees that flirtatiously sway amidst the tropical 30-degree temperature. Bellissima!

Our welcoming paradise aptly named “Bella Italia” is a haven for sun and fun, which at the foothills of the Alps sets the careertraveller pulse ricocheting! With an agenda of canoeing, cycling, sightseeing and of course eating, we start our vacation with a swim in all 7 pools or “water pleasure” dome that includes, 2 water chutes and lagoon.

A pedalo ride on Italy’s largest lake with altitude of 65 m above sea level, makes waves for a rather stylish vista of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige, hence popular historical landmark.

Sight of the local ferry or “traghetto” takes us to Sirmione, a pretty chocolate-box spa town on the lake peninsula, which with with historical roots dating back to the Stone Age. Peppered with multi coloured artisan shops and al fresco gastronomy to the heart’s content we sample ice cream at Cremeria Bulian and enter the university of gelato! Textural, buttery and softly sweet we trace the origins of this “frozen dessert”, which historically derives from snow and ice brought back from the mountains and then preserved. Buonissimo!

Scaliger Castle or “Rocca Scaligera” is a 13th century ancient treasure, which smacks of Roman and Veronese antiquity and military adventure. Medieval ramparts arouse the careertraveller curiosity, justifying a climb to the parapet for an intoxicating gust of Lake Garda amidst the enchanting rooftops of Sirmione.

A distant glimpse of Caneva Aquapark on the eastern shore of Lake Garda
is our aquatic excuse to explore Lazise, which with its abundance of evergreen olive plantations and succulent wineries along the or Riviera Degli Olivi or “Coast of Olive Trees”, captures the essence of Garda!

Like seals the kids squeal with summer delight as we enter this “Caribbean-like” open-air kingdom of aqua. An exhilarating assortment of rides, and slides sends us into a water-fuelled frenzy, which with front row seats views of Lake Garda makes this a special water park. Rather taken by Shark Bay we hit the wave pool that revs the family adrenalin ready for the hair raising Black Hole, a curly tunnel of flowing water that takes us on a dark and speedy journey from the seat of a rubber doughnut!

A gentle glide on the family Lazy Pool is a chance to catch our breath before embarking on the sensational Kamika, careertraveller favourite, a simulated volcano that erupts whilst the brave eagerly body board down steep slides.

Stukas BOOM is the adventure junkie’s fantasy, whose Eiffel Tower-like stature delivers bespoke 360 degree panorama with slides to free fall. Splashtastically awesome and definitely worth a day out.

Verona provides a grand finale to our holiday with a cultural twist of architecture and romance, not forgetting “un ‘po’ di shopping”! Relaxed, refined and sophisticated, this UNESCO World Heritage Site oozes “the arts” with Italy’s third largest Roman amphitheatre or Arena, famous for open-aired opera on sultry summer nights!

A 20-minute mini train tour unravels a historical trail of churches, markets and Shakespeare, including the Balcony of Juliet’s House, showered with smiling families, tourists, historians and of course lovers!

Very special thanks to Caneva Aquapark for a wonderful day of memories. Details of their park can be found on Caneva Aquapark and to the Lake Garda Veneto Tourist Board for their support and information.

Tourist information can be found on their official website Lake Garda Veneto Tourist Board.

Further details of Eurocamp Holidays can also be found on their website Eurocamp.

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