We vote to Remain after a stunning trip to an Italian holiday park

So this was our first break after the big Brexit vote. Setting off just days after Britain voted to leave the EU, we found the pound had taken more of battering than you would see in a whole series of Great British Bake Off.

But luckily we’d chosen Bella Italia, a wonderful ­holiday park at the southern tip of Lake Garda in Northern Italy that turned out to be as easy on the wallet as it was on the eye.

I hadn’t stayed in a mobile home ­before and I had my doubts. But the Al Fresco Holidays’ three-bedroom Vivaldi Luxe model that we stayed in was a pleasant ­surprise.

It was air-conditioned and had plenty of ­space for our family of four, with three bedrooms, a ­toilet and a shower room.

The lounge and kitchenette were large enough for us to relax in during the morning and evening. And the decking allowed us to eat outside during the day and sip wine when the kids were in bed.

Fresh bedding was ­delivered by our friendly Al Fresco rep Antonia who couldn’t do enough to make our stay enjoyable.

There was fun for all the family

There’s plenty to keep the kids happy on site and seven year-old daughter Ava Grace went to the brilliant on-site Kids Club, which caters for children aged 2-12.

Ava Grace was a bit shy to begin with, but play leader Chloe soon brought her out of her shell.

Kids can also get involved in the nightly camp performances and play in the inflatable parks in the evening. Our three year-old son Evan jumped around like Tigger on a sugar rush!

For older children, there’s table tennis, tennis, canoeing, and you can take a pedalo out on the lake. Bella Italia has a private beach on the shore and an early morning dip is highly recommended for adults who want to de-stress.

But Bella Italia’s biggest attraction for many is its huge swimming pool complex. An oasis of splashes under the searing summer sun, it offers five large swimming pools, a children’s pool and two enormous water slides.

Evan loved the baby area with its fun water mushroom slide while Ava Grace loved the huge corkscrewing chutes for bigger kids (like me!).

The pools are surrounded by so many sunloungers even the slowest-rising sunseeker can find a place to stretch out and enjoy the rays.

And speaking of stretching, your money still goes a long way in the three restaurants and five bars on the site.

Splashing around in the pool

Our favourite was the Le ­Terrazze restaurant which overlooks Lake Garda. The Italian menu was extensive but the pizza and pastas were very good value.

A delicious three-course meal for a family of four with a carafe of local wine cost less than £30.

Afterwards you can go for an evening stroll by the beach.

There’s also an on-site ­supermarket and a Lidl that’s only a short walk away.

If you want to explore, the ­picturesque town Peschiera del Garda is just half a mile and offers shops, restaurants and boat trips on the lake.

You can walk there, hire bikes from the holiday park or take the shuttle train.

Further afield, there are several great attractions within six miles.

Caneva World Water Park has more splash thrills, or you can pretend you’re on a movie set at the Movieland Park next door. But our favourite was Gardaland. I can’t praise this theme park enough.

Owned by the same people who run Legoland, it ­effortlessly caters for all ages from toddlers up
and offers the most impressive range of rides and ­attractions I’ve seen outside of Disneyland Paris.

Evan loved the splash ­castle in the Fantasy Kingdom and pretending to be a cowboy in the western themed Rio Bravo area.

So much fo do for everyone
(Photo: Getty)

And Oblivion: The Black Hole is one of the best vertical drop rollercoasters I’ve ever been on. It also has one of the most picturesque views over Lake Garda – not that you get that much time to enjoy it as you hurtle towards the ground at 100kph!

Gardaland also has cheaper night-time tickets. We hired an Al Fresco rep to babysit while my wife and I had a night out there.

If you fancy exploring, ­Verona is only 25 miles away. Famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and ­Juliet, the city’s Roman arena hosts astounding opera ­performances.

In summer, you can watch grand productions of Carmen and Aida. Or, if opera’s not your thing, other recent big names to appear there include Adele and Paul McCartney.

All the nearby attractions and coach trips to Verona and Milan can be booked at the holiday park.

Bella Italia made our first Brexit break a very happy and affordable one.

So much so we wanted to Remain and never Leave!

Stunning holiday park

Get there

BOOK IT Al Fresco Holidays has a seven-night stay for up to five people in a Puccini two- bedroom mobile home at Bella Italia, Lake Garda, from £364 for arrival on May 6; or from £1,244 for arrival on August 24.

Price is for accommodation only. Fly-drive or self-drive ferry travel can be arranged at extra cost. Get an additional 10 per cent off any arrival period when using promo code AF10P. alfresco-holidays.com, 0161 332 8900

TOP TIPS Jump on a lake ferry and enjoy a cheap and relaxing trip, jumping off to explore the lovely towns by the shore.

VENICE IN A DAY It will take 2hrs each way, but a day trip by train to Venice from the station at Peschiera is feasible.

For MORE INFO See italia.it

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