Norcenni Girasole Village
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We went here early this summer with Keycamp. The accommodation was great the campsite was fantstic. It was very hilly but that kept us fit and we were much better climbing the hills in the second week than the first! Everything on the site was clean and good value, all the restaurants were lovely. The facilites were fantastic and the children loved the new pool complex. I was worried about being on such a big site with children and how much freedom they would have but it was really safe and although very large was laid out in almost separate smaller sites. We went in May which I think is ideal for Italy, it was lovely and sunny every day and always warm enough for the pool and then nice and cool during the night. We have now been to a number of campsites with Keycamp/Eurocamp and they are all excellently maintained. My only gripe was that it was a little too far to walk into the town at night or at least the roads weren't really suitable to walk bak along in the dark but the on site cafes and bars were really good.. I definitely recommend a trip to Siena."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of October 2006
Large site. Pretty location
"Aug 2006 . This is more a village than a camp site. There are two main centres one at the lower end of a hillside location, one at the top end. About 20 minutes walk between the two up some quite steep hills but there is a free 'train' between the two. Each centre has large pools. Two restaurants at the lower village, one at the upper. Very good as well, average main course costing 8 to 10 euros. Some excellent pizzas for 6 euros. House wine around 6 euros per litre. Three bars and a half litre beer was 3.75 euro. Doctor, half a dozen internet PCs, two supermarkets, two shops and plenty arranged tours. We did not use the fitness suite but it looked quite swish. You do get the feeling of a capitive audience somewhat but the town of Figline is 10 minutes away for more choice. Mobile homes (there are around 750 I understand) are a little tightly packed I felt but then again I have nothing to compare with really. We drove from Pisa airport in 1.5 hours and found the place easily. However we chose the arranged coach trip to Florence - 30 minutes - at 11 euros each - rather than have the mayhem of driving and parking on the city. The accomodation seemed quite varied, from basic to what looked like quite upmarket (for a glorified caravan!). I guess you get what you pay for. Ours was mid range, basic but had 2 bedrooms, aircon and a decent furnished patio. All in all very enjoyable place and an excellent base from which to visit Florence and the Chianti hills. My pics have been submitted separately."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of October 2006
All I have got to say about this camp is...
"All I have got to say about this camp is that I will be going back in the very near future.
Everything was superb about this site and it had every thing that you and your children would need for a superb holiday. 3 swimming pools to choose from and astro turf football pitch with another planned.
2 superb restaurants and a pizza takeaway with another restaurant on the upper level of the site with great views of the tuscan countryside. You get to this by the little train if you do not fancy the 5 minute walk uphill and also another swimming pool here and the food is great and pizzas to die for.
Take the train from the village to florence for 6 euros which saves taking the car.
While you are here you must visit the village of greve which is about a 20 car ride away and have a meal in the village square after buying your wine.
- Travel date: Mon 11th of September 2006
Fab park - awful accommodation (TRILO 4)
"We have just returned from our independently booked holiday at Norcenni Griasole. The park itself is wonderful and our two teenagers (16 & 17) loved the pool and club - as someone else has mentioned 16 year olds can go to the club and buy alcohol; although under 18's are not allowed to use the internet...
The park is hilly, but the hills are obviously part of the stunning scenery. The restuarant near the main bar is fantastic - and the trips fairly well organised (my husband refused to drive in Italy once we got there!) but the poor accommodation totally ruined our holiday.
1. We booked the TRILO 4 accommodation understanding this to be 3 bedroom, but it was not, it was 3 ROOMS - 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. Apparently the shower room is not included as a room.
2. The apartment had only net curtains and windows which faced directly onto the courtyard. They provided us with curtains but shutters would have been preferable.
3. The bed in our room was appalling, with one side being completely concave. They replaced the mattress.
4. The party wall in our bedroom was shared by next doors kitchen and were so thin we could hear every little noise including conversations, chairs scraping on the tiled floor, cutlery clacking against the crockery whilst they were eating etc. Maddening.
5. The communal laundry room was against the other party wall. Enough said.
6. Six out of seven evenings a wine club was held on the terrace outside our bedroom window. The window had to stay open as there was no air con and the gathering did not break up until gone midnight.
7. The kitchen had no windows and no oven (to cook pizza!)
8. The apartment had no "sitting area". There was a small dining table in the kitchen but if you wanted to stretch out and read, doze or just relax you had to go to bed!
9. There were no sun loungers for use by our apartment
10. There was no privacy as we were opposite the wine cellar/shop.
The staff were very helpful and as it was high season had nothing else to offer us (this was the most expensive accommodation on the site) which meant we had no choice but to stay. We negotiated a 50% discount but would much rather have had better accommodation!"
- Travel date: Sun 6th of August 2006
We have travelled to many campsites arou...
"We have travelled to many campsites around Europe and this was by far and away the best. Beautiful location, superb scenery, fabulous on-site restaurants and great staff - Margarite, the Haven Europe rep, was exceptional. Once we finally decided to leave the site, there were plenty of photo opportunities nearby.
Florence was brilliant, but do not do the organised night time tour with the meal - it was expensive and disappointing but useful for getting your bearings for travelling in by car later. We rarely return to campsites but have booked to go to this one again in May 2006.
- Travel date: Wed 14th of December 2005
Norenni is an absolutely beautiful park...
"Norenni is an absolutely beautiful park with plenty to offer everyone of all ages.
Onsite restaurant is out of this world and very competitively priced. Swimming pools and leisure facilities all kept to very high standards.
ideal location for touring Tuscan countryside and train station at figline Valdarno - a 5 min drive away has direct trains to Pisa, Florence and Rome. Once in Florence you can even get to Venice in 3 hours.
Beautiful campsite more like a small village in its own right in beautiful surroundings in a beautiful country.
- Travel date: Fri 30th of September 2005
An excellent site for families with olde...
"An excellent site for families with older children or teenagers. The restaurants were extremely good value and offered a wide range of food. The site was in a beautiful part of Tuscany and within easy reach of Florence, Pisa and Siena. We didnât hire a car and found public transport cheap and reliable. We visited major cities on the campsite-run excursions, which we found very informative and we werenât herded around. I would certainly recommend this site. The pitches were very close together which was the only negative aspect of the site - the answer is to holiday with friends!"
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005
I rate this a nine because, the food was...
"I rate this a nine because, the food was excellent, and the staff were very helpful - speaking a range of languages. The facilities were very good, good sizes, good quality and CLEAN, the children loved the pools and there was plenty of things to do, such as horse riding and plenty of surrounding sites to see. The site has good links to other sites too. A thoroughly enjoyed holiday!"
- Travel date: Mon 31st of May 2004