Ah (smug selves returning), but that’s the joy of renting a tent and not bringing your own! Yes, we arrived in a deluge, but we didn’t have to pitch a tent in the Tuscan wet! Our temporary home was all ready and waiting, with fridge/freezer, electricity and a four-ring gas burner. We rushed our essentials in from the car, and zipped ourselves up and away from the elements. Once I’d made up the beds (yes - proper camping beds, so no middle of the night deflated discomfort) with the freshly laundered sheets we’d hired (extra cost – you can opt to bring your own), we opened the small bottles of wine thoughtfully provided in our welcome pack, sat down in the spacious "living/dining area" and toasted Tuscany, praying for some sun. Our prayers and toasts persuaded the sun and heat to reappear 24 hours later. The kids gleefully discarded their rain coats, donned swimwear and dived into the delicious swimming pool to cool down.
We stayed at:
Parco delle Piscine - Sarteano (IN018): Medium-sized park (Great for Explore & Adventure, Authentic Europe – 8.8 reevoo rating) NB - the cleanest campsite toilet block I've EVER seen, managed by an almost invisible army of cleaning staff.
Le Moulin de Paulhiac – Daglan (DR015): Small-sized parc (Great for Explore & Adventure, Authentic Europe – 8.8 reevoo rating)
www.canoes-loisirs.com (we paid 22 euros per person for a 12km trip)
www.bilderberg.nl (where the lovely Jacco Rozenberg can cook you risotto and much much more)