Autumn is setting in


The green leaves are turning

To yellow, red and brown

And when the wind comes

Whistling by, they’ll all come sailing down

Casa Leone Italy is still open for business! Visiting this part of Italy during these upcoming months is a great way to avoid the heat and the crowds🙂

It’s all action on Lake Trasimeno


Not only is it all action on Lake Trasimeno, with festivals happening right left and centre (for instance, Trasimeno Blues is currently on, as is the Palio delle Barche di Passignano and the Beer Festival of Tuoro, plus the open-air cinema in the castle is going strong, just to mention a few things that are happening right now), but we have had a cancellation for this upcoming week – Saturday 30 July to Saturday 6 August – so why not make a snap decision and come and join the fun!

All roads lead to…


Umbria and Tuscany are looking at their best right now. The fields are turning from bright green to sunny yellow as crops are being collected and red poppies are beginning to fade. The lake is brimming with cool water and the local festivities are in full swing. There is lots going on. Now is definitely a good time of year to visit.

50 years of tulips

tulipano50This week we will be hosting the 50th edition of the Tulip Festival – Festa del Tulipano. Deep-rooted in tradition, this event lasts several days, culminating in the race of the tulip floats on Sunday 10 April. During the week, Castiglione del Lago old town will be decorated with tulips and flags of different colours for each “contrada” (section of town). Great food can be enjoyed at moderate prices in the taverns set up for the occasion and shows take place most nights. For a full programme:

Strasimeno 2016

The Strasimeno Race is an annual affair where hundreds of runners gather in Castiglione del Lago to pace the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Participants can choose from a variety of distances, ranging from 200 meters for small children to 58 km for the pros. This year the race is taking place on 5 March. Why not come and join us!

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🙂

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