A chat with Annelino Tiozzo
For him this place is synonymous with freedom and familiarity. Annelino Tiozzo, the “landlord”, opens his arms almost as if he wanted to include all the land around him. Like his brother Roberto, he is very fond of this place. It is his offspring, together with his children Gabriele and Valeria, and grandchildren Andrea and Luca, the sons of Roberto Tiozzo. It is a matter of passion: the passion of a family, the Tiozzos, where the art of hospitality runs in the blood. It is also a matter of love: for the sea, for the white sand, for this land, Sottomarina, on the border between sea and sky. Annelino, sitting on the seashore, tells about himself and the camping site. He says that Camping Oasi is the result of an intuition dating back to 1975. “Those were the years when the tourism-catering sector started to be developed in Sottomarina”, he explains. The first hotels were built. The Tiozzo family realised the importance of this transformation.
The development never stopped, and there was a peak between 2000 and 2001. During the 1990s the first equipped caravans were placed; they were so successful that, a little later, the first moving homes were bought. The whole facility is synonymous with an easy-going but stylish holiday. Tourists like the camping site. “They feel pampered. Everyone here is welcomed as a friend, a family member”, continues Annelino. It is impossible not to believe him. He wishes the guest good morning in person early every day: he arranges the deckchairs, cleans the foreshore, greets people one by one. “We know each other by name here”, confirms one of the camping site guests.
“Our guests choose Camping Oasi because of its iodine-rich air, of the light sea breeze, but also because of our bathing establishment, the two swimming pools, the playground and services reserved for children, the good food and wine and the picnic areas.
Moreover we have a wonderful dock (set up in the 1970s) and a set of facilities which are not found in all camping sites, for example private bathrooms, entertainment in two languages, lots of sport activities and tourist attractions.
Many guests sail offshore from the Chioggia lagoon in order to get to know the fascinating Tegnùe: offshore underwater rocks, which were given their name by the local fisherman because of their ability to hold down and break the nets.
“We – concludes Annelino – like to know that our guests come here to feel at home. We are pleased when people leave with a smile on their lips. That is exactly when we know that we have done a good job.”