From the bustling square beneath gigantic St Marks Basilica it takes just under 40 minutes to chug your way back to the campsite. The ferry skirts its way through the lagoon, between smaller, neighbouring islands, and docks around a mile from Ca’Savio on the end of the finger-shaped spit of land. This is actually a part of mainland Italy – a rarity given the many islands around here – and harbours a bounty of different campsites, all capitalising on the top location.
So what makes Camping Ca’Savio the one? Well it’s certainly not the size and exclusive number of pitches. This place is vast, with a staggering 800 spaces and an impressive 50 years of history. Far from out-dated though, it’s the new glamping options that really clinch the deal and make it a prize pick along the coastline. Camping Ca’Savio is the first site in Italy to play host to the iconography of retro Airstream caravans. Furnished within with a double bed and pull-out bed ideal for two children, they have a comfortable practicality and a surprising amount of space. There’s loads of storage room, a gas cooker and a deck with garden furniture outside covered by a handy, inbuilt awning. Meanwhile, their brand new Coco Sweet tents fail to meet with any standard description – they’re a sort of cross breed between family tube-tents, glamping pods and small self catered chalets – needless to say they’re a stylish place to stay.
Onsite, the inevitable buzz of such a big campsite is centred around the swimming pool area, where you’ll also find a pizzeria, the reception block and a small onsite supermarket with some essential grub for dinner. The noise doesn’t clamour around the rest of the site though, such is the screening effect of the blanketting trees, and out on the open beach there is always space to be found for rolling out your towel and dozing in the afternoon sun. It’s a pleasant place to lounge if you fancy a day off from visiting Venice or, in a similar vein, you can leave the coast behind altogether and drive an hour or so north to the Prosecco vineyards that now outsell the Champagne region. It adds real variation to the Venetian city scenes. Take a tour and take a bottle. After all, it would be rude not to.
Facilities3 sanitary buildings have individual cubicles with toilet, sink and shower. Disabled facilities, chemical waste disposal, separate washing up area, clothes washing area, washing machines and driers. During the summer the campsite provides activities and entertainment in different languages for children and adults (painting, drawing, table football etc) and there's plenty of sport available: swimming, yoga, beach volleyball, football, bowls, table tennis and more. 9-hole crazy gold course. The campsite lies directly on the beach (with life guards), which, for environmental reasons, does not have strips of umbrellas and deckchairs, just open, white sands on which to lay your towel.
Suitable ForGlampers, campers, tents, campervans, caravans, mobile homes, groups – yes. Dogs, campfires and BBQs – no.
NearbyOn the beach out front there are pedalos you can hire to dabble about on the water. The main off-site attraction around here, however, is taking the 40-minute ferry across the water to Venice. It's an easy cycle or bus journey to Punta Sabbioni from where the ferry runs every half hour (tickets can be purchased at the campsite). The ferry journey also takes you past the gardens of Giardini della Biennale (0039 041 521 8711), across St Mark's wide basin with St George's Island (0039 041 522 7827) on the far left, and drops you off a short walk from Doge's Palace (0039 041 271 5911). Explore the famous sights, centred around St. Marks Square, and head out in a gondola through the canals. Some of the best food and hidden treasures, though, are on the other small islands of the lagoon, relatively quiet in comparison and boasting a more local, small-time feel: Murano, known the world over for its Venetian glass, Burano, famous for its coloured houses and lace making and Torcello, home to a number of impressive buildings that stand testimony to the island's origins as an ancient settlement. Ferry's buzz back and forth from them all on an equally regular half hour basis.
Food & DrinkThere is an onsite restaurant and pizzeria serving typical Italian dishes, including plenty of fish from the local area. There is also a self service canteen area and a bar with more 'international' fare, like burgers, hot-dogs, ice cream, coffee and so on. It's only a 500m walk into the centre of Ca'Savio where there are small, low-key restaurants and bars. Venice claims most of the hot-spots though, awash with options (homemade gelato is a must). Ferries run till very late so you can head out in the city and always still get back at night.
Opening TimesApril – September.
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