Seven of the Most Beautiful Weekend Camping Destinations in Italy
Italy is known to its inhabits as ‘the beautiful country’ (la bel paese), and for good reason. While famed for its ancient monuments, delicious cuisine, stunning coastlines, colorful politicians and beautiful people, many are unaware that the la bel paese also possesses some of the most outrageously stunning camping spots in Europe, if not the entire world. Below, we’ll take you through seven of the best, from high-altitude wild camps to relatively pampered, paid basecamps ideal for day-trips for the ‘weekend warrior’ looking to quickly immerse themselves into the awe-inspiring geography and scenery Italy has to offer.
Lo Stambecco, Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso
For those wishing to explore the Mont Blanc Massif, Gran Paradiso National Park and even Val D’Aosta, Lo Stambecco (‘The Ibex’) campsite offers a very friendly, scenic and conveniently placed basecamp for excursions and treks into all three locations.
While Lo Stambecco might not appeal to solitude and wilderness-seekers, for those looking to see some of the best of Europe’s mountains with a bit of creature comfort, this cozy little campsite is the ideal location. Situated on a grassy slope outside the charming little village of Valnontey, Lo Stambecco is a stop-off point on the long distance Alta Via (‘High Trail’) from Courmayeur to Champorcher and a short trek east or west will land you in some of the route’s most attractive and breathtakingly beautiful spots. Also, if you don’t mind jumping into the car and spending an hour sharing the road with Italy’s decidedly ‘quirky’ motoring public, two of the most famous mountains in climbing history – Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn – are easily reached after relatively short hikes.