With multiple awards and high classifications by major European tourism and leisure associations, such as France’s Michelin, Germany’s ADAC and the Dutch ANWB, Italy’s Camping Village Baia Domizia has been a great success since it was founded in 1965. Since 2017 it has been installing Yamaha audio systems in its facilities, helping it to maintain its acclaimed high ratings from guests and professional bodies alike.
Camping Village Baia Domizia is on the Italian west coast, 120 km south of Rome, 50 km north of Naples on a 2000 year old Roman road named Via Domitiana. The site was bought by current owners Pietre Bianche in the 1970s, their mission to provide the best facilities its guests and to ensure that it always has the best ratings. Choosing Yamaha audio equipment is a key part of this focus on quality.
In 2017, the camp management worked with Sperlonga-based Remix Multimedia to begin upgrading its audio systems. Yamaha was chosen as the best solution and a relationship was built between general manager Antonio Vallario, Remix Sound’s Riccardo De Simone and Yamaha’s Wouter ‘Tony’ Verkuijl.
“They needed a new PA system for the open air Pagode Theater which was compact, versatile and powerful,” says Tony. “After this first successful installation, the relationship between Baia Domizia relationship and Yamaha developed into one of complete trust and mutual vision. Many meetings have since taken place to develop ideas which contribute to the further evolution of the camping village. A lot of these projects have been realised.”
The latest Yamaha installation was completed in late 2020. This major project covered six areas: the main site office and reception area, the New Theater, La Ninfea restaurant, Tricky Bar, terrace and beach activities.
The site office system controls several >1km runs of 100V line exterior horn loudspeakers throughout the site, used by camp entertainers for a daily greeting to guests and inform them about the day’s activities as the Baia Domizia theme plays in the background. It also supplies background music in the office and main reception area. Here an MTX5-D matrix processor, XMV4140 and XMV8280 power amplifiers, four VS6 compact indoor speakers and two NS-AW392 all-weather outdoor speakers were installed, with a MusicCast WXC-50 wireless streaming amplifier. The system needs to be easily operated by staff, so control is via a DCP4V4S surface mount panel and Yamaha Wireless DCP control software on an Android tablet.
Replacing the former camp cinema, the New Theater is covered by three 10 x 10 metre gazebos. A system that could withstand its semi-open environment was needed, that would be powerful enough for small live events or fitness training by camp staff. Six VXS8 surface mount speakers were installed, their IP35 rating easily meeting the demands of the south Italy climate. They were complemented by two VXS10S subwoofers, all powered by four PX3 amplifiers. The system is tuned to cover all seats at around 100 dB average SPL and includes an MTX3 matrix processor and another WXC-50. Again, a DCP4V4S makes system control very straightforward for staff. The system can also be operated by guests outside organised activity hours.
More gazebos cover La Ninfea restaurant, in this case ten 49m2 units with a 56m2 extension. The sound here had to be high quality and seamless throughout the dining area, but as quiet as possible outside it. This was achieved with a carefully-designed layout of 24 VXS5 surface mount speakers, using two different power taps, powered by two automatically activated PA2120 power amps and another WXC-50 as preamplifier and music player.
Four VXS8 were installed in the Tricky Bar and its outdoor terrace, powered by two PX3 amplifiers and with another WXC-50. Finally, for activities on the beach and in the swimming pool, a DBR12, two-way powered loudspeaker was the ideal solution for situations where a high powered, portable solution was needed.
General manager Antonio Vallario is also a chartered building surveyor and has many creative ideas to improve the experience at Baia Domizia.
“I am passionate about music, constantly exploring new technologies and possibilities to improve the experience for our guests, who come from across Europe; including Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the UK,” he says. “They need a relaxing atmosphere with great audio quality and we need equipment which will also stand the test of time when used in the open air. It is unacceptable for guests to see things like rusty speaker grilles, so the high quality materials used in Yamaha products are very important.”
“We are delighted that Mr Vallario and his team are so pleased with the power and quality of all the Yamaha audio systems installed since 2017,” adds Tony. “I look forward to many more sessions discussing ideas and helping to ensure that Baia Domizia’s guests continue to enjoy a high quality holiday experience.”