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City Breaks with Al Fresco - Al Fresco Holidays

Camping holidays with Al Fresco aren’t always revolved around tanning on the beach and drinking cocktails by the pool; there are plenty of campsites which are perfectly situated next to popular cities with many exciting days out to be enjoyed.

Whether you fancy sight seeing historic buildings, doing a bit of souvenir shopping, or exploring old streets and sampling local cuisine, a day trip into a city could be the perfect day out for the whole family.

Venice

The beautiful location of the Venetian Riviera could offer you the chance to enjoy both city excursions and the beautiful Italian beaches.
There are 5 camp sites in the Venetian Riviera  each offering their own amazing benefits.  Marina Di Venezia is a mere mile away from Venice, travel by water via the water bus.  Whether you are escaping for a romantic getaway or travelling with the whole family there is plenty to do in the picturesque city of Venice.

A trip to Venice would not be complete without a punt on one of the iconic gondolas. See the city by style via the incredible waterways. Watch and listen to the charismatic punters sing and chatter with one another as they lead you gracefully through the old city by boat.

Take a walk down to Piazza San Marco (Saint Marks square) and gaze up at the beautifully designed Torre dell’Orologio, the elaborate clock tower built originally in the end of the 15th century. For those who cannot visit a city without browsing the local art gallery, the Gallerie dell’Accademia displays all of Venice’s finest pieces of art.

Finally make sure you take the opportunity to taste the cities famous gelato (ice cream) the parlours may be busy with tourists in the high season but it will definitely be worth the wait. With so many flavours to choose from, you will want to return again and again to get the full experience.

Rome

The breathtaking city of Rome is home to magnificent monuments and sacred religious architecture. This stylish capital city of Italy is a fantastic cultural getaway and will educate and entertain you during your camping holiday.

The camp site I Pini is located a half an hour drive from Rome. There is a regular coach service  from the camp site into the city at a small local charge.

Rome is home to many vast historical monuments including the spectacular 2000-year-old temple, the Pantheon and the titanic skeleton of the Foro Romano (Roman Forum). The most impressive has to be the Colosseum, this ancient arena was once the home to the violent bloody battles of the gladiators and had a capacity for over 50,000 people.

Located in a tiny piazza and surrounded by jostling crowds is the breath taking Trevi Fountain. Depicting an epic Neptune’s chariot being led by Tritons with sea horses, the Trevi Fountain is named so after the three roads which meet before it. The fountain secured its status as a must see tourist spot after it appeared in the iconic film, La Dolce Vita.

The world’s smallest sovereign state, Vatican city is home to St Peter’s Basilica and Piazza San Pietro. It may be the capital of Catholicism, but it’s not only those with religious interests who flock in their thousands to wonder at the museums and be blown by Michelangelo’s overwhelming art in the Sistine Chapel. On Wednesday mornings, tourists, locals and church goers gather in Saint Peters Square to catch a glimpse of the Pope as he holds audience with the crowds once a week.

To experience the city of Rome in the detail it deserves will take even the most determined tourists more than an afternoon; and with its stylish cafés and atmospheric restaurants, there is a lot more to discover about Rome off the beaten track as well.

Paris

Finally the romantic city of Paris, perfect for couples wanting to spend a weekend indulging on the beautiful wine and Parisian atmosphere whilst dining on French cuisine; or families taking the short bus ride to magical Disneyland Paris, where little ones’ dreams really do come true.

Our featured camp site Paris Est is situated slightly outside the city (7 miles), so you avoid much of the traffic, noise and expense you would experience if staying in central Paris. Drive into the city or take French public transport and spend the day marveling at all this stylish city has to offer.

Experience the climb up the magnificent Eiffel Tower with its spectacular views over the city, or enjoy some lunch with an amazing backdrop  below. Make your way around the Musée du Louvre and enjoy art from historically famous artists such as Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. To see the city in a relaxing manner, take one of the many boat tours which sail daily up the river Seine and sail you past all the major tourist spots including the Notre Dame Cathedral.

There is a reason Paris is known as the city of love, as once you’ve been there you will fall in love with the architecture, cuisine and atmosphere and never want to leave.

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