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Camp sites and sandy beach in Pietra Ligure

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Camp sites and sandy beach in Pietra Ligure

Hi, we plan to stay in Pian di Boschi camp site in August 2012 bringing our own tent - the site looks good on line but has little or no reviews to reference from. Any views welcome.

There appears to be a shortage of good free (public) sandy beaches in the area - we are not unwilling to pay for a managed beach but would prefer to be doing our own thing. Does anybody have pointers/local knowledge as to a good location.

We were planning on Camping Calvisio in Finale Ligure which has better beaches i think? however the pool here is way too deep for the Children. Can you help with our confliction?

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Imperia, Italy
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1. Re: Camp sites and sandy beach in Pietra Ligure

Sorry, don't know about campsites. But there is a public beach in Pietra Ligure as the comune's website has equipment prices for it comunepietraligure.it/spiaggia/spiagge_per_t… - but it may be rather small.

I think that there are much larger areas of free beach at Borgio Verezzi next door.

In Finale Ligure, there is a free beach in Finale Marina quite near the station. And there is a large and very attractive free beach at Varigotti in the old part of the village. There are also some entirely free beaches at several attractive small coves between Varigotti and Noli.

However, in August, the parking at all of these (except maybe Borgio Verezzi, I don't know about this) will be very difficult. You must be prepared to be very persistent and very patient when looking for parking places. Lunchtimes are easier as many Italians will go elsewhere to eat, and so is the period before sunset - a wonderful time to be on Riviera beaches.

Edited: 8:40 pm, February 20, 2012
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2. Re: Camp sites and sandy beach in Pietra Ligure

Camping Pian di Boschi is one of those typical Italian sites. The further south you go more you find certain typical "italian" rules/facilities. Sites often more basic, quiet time in the afternoon means everything closes and you pay for simple things like showers.

So for Pian di Boschi

Slightly isolated - 700m from the sea but all slightly uphill

Have to pay for showers.

Pool closes 1.30pm - 3pm (hottest part of the day - go figure) - try explaining that logic to your kids that they can't play in the water.

Camping Calvisio in Finale Ligure

Not in Finale Ligure at all - Really isolated - Over a mile in land along an old road with rarely any pavement. Has a baby pool. Showers are free.

Does not state the hours of the pool but likely to close in the afternoon.

I would check to confirm if this is an issue for you.

I can't stand what is a stupid rule in Italy of closing pools in the afternoon. It is tolerable if you are at a site by the sea but non-sensical when you are isolated in land.

Bascially the further south you go in Italy the more basic and often isolated sites become. The "Italians" have accepted this as the norm over many years hence lower standards provided. Around Lake Garda for instance the clinetele is more northern European (non-italian) and higher standards of services are expected and provided.

The sites even if by the sea can again be isolated as they are pushed out to the outskirts of a main holiday area - show an Italian some sandy coastline he will cover it in Hotels, Bagni then charge you for the privilege of sitting on the sand.

If not already tried have a look at www.camping.it

You can look at the sites by region

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