If you enjoy unique campsites with excellent onsite restaurants and eating options, then spending your summer in Italy should be at the top of your bucket list.
Besides being world renowned for its art, history and friendly people, Italy offers some of the best food in the world. In addition to this, its camping industry is one of the fastest growing in Europe and you can easily find sites offering onsite eating options that range from rustic and gourmet.
In this article, we’ve created a list of the best campsites in Italy for food lovers. From campsites on organic agricultural farms to all-inclusive 5-star luxury sites, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll never go hungry – or thirsty for that matter, since many of the campsites also produce their own wines!
Keep reading to inspire your next foodie getaway!
Maremma Sans Souci is located among the shady pine forests of Tuscany, Italy. Here is where campers of all kinds come to enjoy true peace and relaxation. And of course, to experience the unspoiled countryside and beachside camping, thanks to the site’s direct access to the unforgettably blue Tyrrhenian sea!
Best of all, the campgrounds are home to the Mama Restaurant Kitchen, which serves up traditional Italian fare, and a Neapolitan-style pizzeria that serves up some of the best pizza you’ll find at any camping resort in the country – a perfect option for those camping with kids.
Camping TerreBio in Veneto, Italy, has successfully combined high-end camping hospitality with organic agricultural farmland founded in 1992. You certainly won’t feel like you’re on a farm with its beautiful gardens, glamping options and modern luxuries like saunas and billiards tables.
The organic farm’s main crops are all different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Campers are encouraged to visit the adjoined market that sells the produce grown on the farm and the products made from them.
Of course, fruit isn’t all you’ll eat here. You’ll also find a pizza oven onsite – and with Venice less than 30km away, you’re spoilt for choice with restaurants serving up traditional dishes and gourmet specialties!
Camping Bella Italia is a 5-star camping resort that sits right on Lake Garda in Verona, Italy. Aside from being an all-inclusive family favourite with 5 swimming pools, the culinary expereince offered at Camping Bella Italia is what really makes it stand out from the crowd.
The campgrounds are home to four high-quality restaurants. There’s the Corte Riga, which offers the traditional fare of the region served up in an ancient courtyard. There’s Le Terrazze, offering the best of the Mediterranean diet with a romantic lake view. Another option is Locanda Bella Italia, offering more elegant and simplistic Italian dishes, and lastly, the Trattoria Bella Italia—a restaurant for true connoisseurs offering fresh, local meat specialties and a cosy atmosphere.
Dessert lovers and kids will be pleased to know that there’s also the Bella Gelati ice cream shop, serving up some of the finest artisan Italian gelato!
Camping Paradiso is a family-owned, eco-friendly camping resort located in Marche, Italy. This camping resort, in particular, is well-known for its sustainability efforts as well as its location (it’s situated right near one of the most sought-out roads for cycling and running).
However, it’s also becoming well-known for its focus on fresh, quality, and locally sourced ingredients. Camping Paradiso offers an onsite restaurant serving simple but delicious dishes using locally selected meats, fresh vegetables, freshly baked bread, and locally produced cheeses.
You’ll also find a bar that opens every morning to offer campers a traditional Italian breakfast that includes caffè lattes and fette biscottate for the adults and caffè d’orzo for the kids (or chocolate milk for the very young kids).
Caravan Park Sexten in Trentino is one of the most innovative 5-star luxury campsites in Italy. Book a stay here and you’ll find yourself dining under the Dolomites with food prepared by master chefs.
The restaurant selection here includes the Patzenfeld, the Sextner Almhütte Tavern, and the Chef’s Table, all serving both traditional and gourmet cuisine using only the finest ingredients that Trentino has to offer. There’s also a spectacular wine cellar for the wine connoisseurs to enjoy.
The local Sexten area also boasts one of the highest densities of Michelin Star Restaurants, meaning that adventurous foodies will not be disappointed! We recommend trying Pressknödel, made from a special ‘grey’ cheese called Graukäse and pressed into dumplings.
Situated on the Mediterranean coast of Puglia, Italy, Agriturismo Salos is another farm-converted-to-campsite resort. With 13 hectares of farmland, the site grows some of the finest cereals, vegetables, fruits, pulses and olives in the region, all available for sale at an onsite organic mini market.
Here you’ll get the chance to sample fresh homegrown produce, local meats and elegant rustic meals in a restaurant with an outdoor terrace under a canopy of vines. The menu is limited, but each dish is phenomenal. Vegetarians will be pleased to know that visitors rave about the veggie lasagna, as well as the local wine!
Located in the rolling Chianti hills of Orlando, Italy, this glamping resort serves up traditional Italian dishes and specialties of the Tuscan region.
Sit under the colourful Tuscan sky on the beautiful roof terrace of the site’s restaurant and dine on the local specialties, as well as pizza, pasta, and meats, adorned with fresh-pressed olive oils from the local groves and of course, the local wine. You can now also dine in newly added roof garden greenhouses decorated with flowers and plants. This site makes for the perfect romantic getaway…
However, the resort is also popular for its traditional Sicilian fare, and at the Rais Gerbi Restaurant-Pizzeria, the senior chef and his team cook up some of the most innovative specialties where tradition meets the modern world. The food here is truly exquisite, and best of all they cater to vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten-free crowd upon request.
Starting from this year, guests will also be allowed to join chefs in the kitchens and experience true Sicilian cooking up close and personal!
400 metres high in the hills of Tuscany, Italy is Campeggio San Giusto Montalbano Green. It’s one of the best family campsites in Italy and its central location means that you can reach major cities such as Florence and Pisa with ease – perfect those who want to combine their stay in nature with a sightseeing city break!
The campsite has its very own authentic restaurant and pizzeria that offers local wine tastings as well as Tuscan specialty dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Best of all, you and your family can dine with a panoramic view of the gorgeous Tuscan hills.
Plan Your Foodie Getaway
Whichever region you decide to visit, camping in Italy is a great way to unwind and reconnect with nature whilst sampling some of the best authentic cuisine out there.
So, what are you waiting for? Treat your mind, stomach and soul and book your next camping holiday with us today!