Love is in the air

hearts Could this be time to book a long romantic weekend in Castiglione del Lago? Casa Leone Italy is open throughout the year, with plenty of warm quilts and heating for the winter months. Why not try visiting the centre of Italy before most tourists get here during the summer months? This weekend, there is a special wine tasting festival in Montepulciano, where the Vino Nobile is made and where the underground cantinas predate the Romans. A beautiful 20 minute drive away.

When are you coming to visit?

calmucchewThe new year has started and temperatures here in Italy are rather spring-like, so it must be time to think about booking your stay in Castiglione del Lago! Here are a few ideas to combine your stay with a local event: the 15th edition of the Strasimeno running race on March 6 – you can take part in a variety of distances, from 10Km to 58Km (ultramarathon race, all the way round the lake) (more info here:; the Meeting di Primavera airshow at the end of April (more info here:; and the Coloriamo i Cieli kite festival from 29/4/2016 to 1/5/2016 (more info here: Our rates remain unvaried and we look forward to welcoming you soon :)

Merry Christmas a tutti!


Olive Oil Galore

olive tree - credit olivia pasiniUmbria is famous for the high quality of its olive oil. Century-old trees find the perfect climatic conditions to produce deep green oil that is packed with flavour and sought-after from afar. After last year’s poor harvest caused by the dreaded olive fly, this year is one of celebration! The oil mills are now open, and so is Casa Leone Italy. Time for some bruschetta con olio nuovo? Cooperativa Oleificio Pozzuolese is our local mill:

What to pick now?

Where to go next? Visit a painting exhibition in Pozzuolo Umbro? Or perhaps the Cortona on the Move photo expo in Cortona or the Trasimeno Panorami e Foto show in San Feliciano? Listen to famed opera singer Katia Ricciarelli in the castle of Castiglione del Lago on August 12 or do the Vintage Festival in Passignano on 29-30 August?! It’s all happening this month. The choice is yours!

La dolce vita

  Summer is in full swing in Castiglione del Lago. The lake is full of water and fish, and events are coming in quick succession. Umbria Jazz has just ended, with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performing amongst others; the Notte Bianca was held on Friday; and now is time for the Trasimeno Blues Festival! As we still have some availabilities this next month, why not come and join the fun?! (image by very talented local photographer, Giorgio Brusconi)

So stunning!

Our part of Italy looks like this right now! Come and stay at Casa Leone Italy and see it for yourself :)        

All pictures by Ferdinando Maino, my colleague in the office!

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