“ Camping Village Vallicella ? Loc. Vallicella ? 58020 Scarlino Tuscany Tel +39 0566/37229 Fax +39 0566/3723. „
It was 9.30pm and it was very dark on an Italian Saturday night. After trying several campsites in Follonica that were all full, we were getting worried (if you are going here in August you HAVE to book ahead!). Eventually we found our salvation - Camping Vallicella. Were we glad to see this place! Camping Vallicella is situated next to Scarlino which is near Grosseto and Follonica in the Italian region of Tuscany. The campsite is actually situated at the foot of Monte D'Alma on which the town of Scarlino stands. The camping sites are arranged on terraces that are shaded thanks to a variety of plants and trees. Each site has electricity and there are lights along the terraces to enable you to get back to your tent! The campsite only opened last year so the facilities are very modern and up to date. There are separate shower and toilet blocks for men and women, sinks for washing clothes and sinks for doing dishes. The showers were wonderful - plenty of unlimited hot water and doors that locked! Everything was really clean. The campsite offered spaces for caravans, motor homes and even wooden bungalows for those who don't like roughing it! The bungalows are fully furnished and can accommodate two, four or six people so all you have to do is turn up and move in. However, you do have to book these in advance as they are very popular. The campsite itself has a wide range of facilities. There is a children's playground, a fitness trail, washing machines (token), mountain bikes for rent, mini market, tennis court, bar, pizzeria and a swimming pool. The bar is situated next to the pool and is a great place to relax after a days sightseeing. The bar is also close enough to the pool to keep an eye on the kids and it's nice and shady as well. The pool was wonderful. It has a small paddling area for children and a sloping floor so you can find the depth suitable for you. It is a fairly large pool and, when I was there, there were not many children so it was nice and relaxing! The pizzeria was really good and offered a wide variety of pizzas. Interestingly they served what is known as a "white pizza". This is a pizza without a tomato base - just cheese and toppings. This made a nice change! The price varies with the season of which the Italian tourist industry has four - low, medium, high and highest! We were there during the highest season and the prices were as follows - Site - 24,000L, per adult - 20,000L, car - 5,000L (approximately £22). We thought this was quite reasonable for where it was situated and the facilities it offered. The campsite was perfectly situated for visiting the medieval town of Massa Maritima and the ruined Roman town of Russellae. If you are on a touring holiday I would recommend this campsite. It is not as packed as the campsites at Follonica (think of Blackpool in high season!) and is much more relaxed. The campsite has a website at www.vallicella.it and e-mail at email@example.com In a way it was worth all the panic of not being able to get into a campsite at Follonica. We passed some of the sites there and they were crammed full of people and tents. Our site was very quiet and relaxing - a hidden gem! I received a letter from the campsite in December with details of their prices and a brochure, asking if I would like to make another booking. I found this really touching and it brought back a lot of good memories. Unfortunately I won't be back in Italy for a while but if I were I would stay here again.