This was our first time on a campsite style holiday but we will definitely consider doing it again! We stayed for 10 days which felt like a good length of time to spend quite a few days by the pool/lake and also a chance to explore Lake Garda.
The campsite itself was a good size - not too big but with plenty to keep the kids busy and my boys (aged 9 and 5) really enjoyed the pool and swimming in the lake. The animation scheme was run by one of the German tour companies but they spoke English and made an effort to include all nationalities. At the time of our visit, the campers were predominantly Dutch, Danish or German which did make it a little difficult for our kids to make friends.
The accommodation was pretty much what we had expected and was nice and clean. The Thomson caravans are in a good location on the site - just up the road from the pool and Supermarket.
The nearest village, Cisano, was just a 10 minute walk which the kids could manage without too much complaining. There is not much there, however, other than a couple of restaurants and a newsagents. This is where we walked to catch the bus to Movieland, Gardaland and also the boat to other towns on the lake. We did walk to Bardolino one day and it took about half an hour but this included stops for ice-cream and paddling to cool us off! I would recommend using the boat to get around the lake but we did feel that if we calculated the cost of all the boat and bus fares that it may have been worthwhile to hire a car!
A day trip we all really enjoyed was when we took the boat from Cisano to Malcesine at the north end of the lake (about a 2 hour journey). It was just a 10 minute walk through the town to the Cable car station which took us to the top of Monte Baldo. We had about a 25 minute wait in the queue for the cable car but we all feel it was worth it - the views were fantastic and it was nice and cool!
We also had an enjoyable day at Movieland - just 15 minutes away by bus. We opted for the half day in Movieland (a good selection of rides and very little queueing!) followed by a half day in the Waterpark (a bit more queuing here). We also stayed for dinner at the Medieval Times which was great fun and we would highly recommend.
Gardaland has a reduced entrance fee after 6pm (it's open until 11pm) which worked well for us as our kids were not really old enough to go on many of the rides.
All in all, we found Cisano to be a good choice for our first time in Italy!
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