I am trying to plan a restful yet active summer vacation with my family of five (two adults and three older kids/teens) that would involve either a lake or ocean AND a cute village/town they could explore on their own. In other words, I don't want to be on the outskirts where a car is necessary to get around. We are going for a week and it is more restful for us if we have cooking facilities so I am trying to find a villa/flat for rent but having no luck in Cinque Terre so I have been looking at the lakes region.
For our dates (either late June or late August), I found a lovely home on the little island off San Giulio. However, I am having difficulty finding much information about some of the details of life there that would be boring for tourists but pretty important for people actually staying there. If anyone could help me with the following questions, I would appreciate it very much:
1. are there any markets on the island to purchase groceries and, if not, how would we get them there?
2. I am assuming the ferries do not accommodate cars. Is that right? Is there parking at the ferry dock?
3. The pictures of this house feature a charming garden right on the water but one of the beds has a mosquito net decoratively strewn about the bed. I hadn't thought about this until I read some of the posts on this forum. Are mosquitos a problem? They are attracted to me and one of my children like a magnet.
4. Would swimming around the island be a problem with all the visitors coming and going? I read an article in the NYTimes where someone swam to the island without a problem but I don't know if it is a good place to frolic the whole day.
5. Is the island overrun with day trippers? It sounded quiet and peaceful but it seems like everyone who visits goes there and the island is not very big.
6. Would you stay there with your family?
Any insights you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!