What? Not a Naturist Talks this week?
Indeed. With the new year we thought it was time for a bit of a change.
What’s “Naked Travels”?
In this series of articles we are going to discuss several nudist locations that we’ve visited, hoping that they can be an inspiration for your future travels.
Is this the end of “Naturist Talks”?
Certainly not! We keep receiving applications for interviews so we keep this series running. Although not every week anymore.
Well that’s it for an introduction, let’s dive right in!
Today we’re going to tell you a bit about campground Costalunga in Italy.
Naturism in Italy has only been allowed for about 10 years, so the amount of naturist locations is still quite scarce. Especially compared to neighbouring countries France and Croatia.
And yet, in the hills of Northern Italy, less than an hour drive north from Genova you can find this hidden pearl of a campground in a town called Sassello.
Well… “find”… If you’re not familiar with the area, you’ll need your GPS. The campground is actually located a bit outside of town and there are no signs at the side of the road. The instructions on their website will tell you to turn left at a “green cabin” at “some crossroad” after exiting “some highway”… We can tell you… You will need your GPS (or maybe you’re much better navigators than we are). Anyway, you’ll need to follow a dirt road for about one kilometer (and strongly wish that nobody will come across) until you reach a small gate with the Costalunga sign and a bell.
You have arrived.
The campground only existed for a couple of years and after every season the staff does improvements and expands the site. When we visited, in the summer of 2016, there was plenty of space to put a tent, van or caravan and there were several caravans and bungalows for rent.
The whole campground is located on the side of a hill so from whichever place you chose, you have great views over the valley.
All places are surrounded by plenty of trees which really give you the feeling of camping in a forest and which provide you the necessary shade during hot summer days.
The large swimming pool is located on a panoramic terrace which gives for the best views. We’ve spent most evenings relaxing in the pool with the sun on our backs looking over the valley.
Next to the pool there’s a nice terrace with sun beds, ideally to drift away in a book. And if you get thirsty, the bar is only a couple of steps away.
The options for other sports are limited to table soccer and table tennis. However there’s a huge grass field where you can get some exercise or practice your yoga moves.
For the kids there’s a small playground area.
There are more than enough (very spacious) showers and toilets.
In the morning a breakfast service is provided where you can order bread and croissants, and in the evening you have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked typical Italian dinner (very much recommended!).
The area of Sassello is a piece of heaven for hikers. With its location on the edges of Beigua regional park you’re only a couple of kilometers away from the best hiking tracks. The mountains also attract quite a number of cyclists.
If you prefer to take things a bit slower you could visit the beautiful villages of Sassello and Acquiterme, go on a wine tasting in one of the numerous vineyards, visit the historic city Genova or spend some days at the beach.
Some even visited the towns of Cinque Terre from here but we found that a bit too far (2 – 2.5 hours drive one way).
There’s plenty information available on the campground to plan your activities in the area.
The campground was started by 2 thirty-something friends from Turin, Paolo and Enrico who thought it was time for something different. And we have to say, they are doing a great job running the place. They’re very social and take all the time necessary to show you around and respond to your questions. Whenever they see you, they will make sure that you’re having a great time and that everything is as you wish.
When we were there, Paolo and Enrico were not alone. Enrico’s parents and Paolo’s girlfriend were also helping out. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and made you feel like we were part of the family.
This is a place where you go to relax and enjoy nature. The wide camping spots and the many trees sometimes make you feel like you’re alone in the place. This is exactly the atmosphere the owners are trying to create, so no loud pool parties.
When we were there, the average age of the visitors was around 50 and most of them were European (we spoke with Danish, Dutch, Italians and Germans).
Sometimes there was an occasional day visitor but the majority of the guests stayed for a couple of days.
Costalunga is real hidden gem in the north of Italy, ideal for a couple of days away from the busy Italian cities and coasts. Very much recommended!
For more info and contact details, please visit their website: http://www.costalunga.org/
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