Flowers, kites and airplanes: it’s spring on Lake Trasimeno

festa_primavera_2018It’s time to come to Umbria and stay in Casa Leone Italy holiday rental. This week we kick off the spring season with the Flower Festival (Festa della Primavera previously known as the Festa del Tulipano from 11 to 15 april), then we will have the kite festival (Coloriamo i Cieli – 29 april to 1 may) and then it will be the airplane festival at our local war-time airport (Meeting di Primavera – 11-13 May). Some are already swimming in lake Trasimeno whilst others are making the most of the sunny days to visit the area.

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Easter in Italy

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How about spending some time in Italy over Easter? Casa Leone Italy holiday rental is open and an ideal base to visit the many interesting places and ceremonies taking place in Umbria and Tuscany. In Citta della Pieve (20mins away) you can see the Quadri Viventi which are live enactments of Easter scenes, whilst in Cortona (20 mins in the opposite direction) you can experience the Via Crucis Procession, a colourful and unique faith-based ritual up to Saint Margherita’s sanctuary.

Always open

oliveoilCasa Leone Italy holiday rental in the old town of Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, Italy, is open all year round. In fact, we have new double glazed windows and loft insulation, so staying in our apartment in winter is not a problem. If you come at this time of year, you will benefit from freshly pressed olive oil (it really is that green), castagne (chestnuts) and porcini mushrooms galore.

Sunflowers and grapes

img_2427Grapes as in wine, sunflowers as in beautiful yellow fields. Take a wander from Castiglione del Lago and within a few minutes you get views like this (pic by local photographer Ferdinando Maino). If you stay in Casa Leone Italy holiday rental at this time of year you can also make the most of our outdoor cinema – located inside the castle walls no less, and offering films in Italian and in English. Check the programme here: http://www.cinemacaporali.it/

It’s getting hot!!

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This is simply the best time of year. The days are long and it’s hot enough to make the most of the lake. There are lots of things going on, from the local “stramaialata” pork festival to the Picasso exhibition in the castle. We still have availabilities for this long weekend (ponte del 2 giugno) and other weeks throughout the spring and summer. Now could be the time to plan your trip to Casa Leone Italy.

A spring in your step

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Today is the first day of spring, and fittlingly the fastest swallows have arrived in Castiglione del Lago. This season is a busy one for our part of Italy, with many festivals such as the Meeting di Primavera airshow (22-25 April 2017) and the Coloriamo i Cieli kite festival (28 April – 1 May 2017) taking place within walking distance of this rental flat. How about coming over to explore, make the most of our bike track to go bird spotting on the shores of the lake, or simply take a stroll and admire the sunrise – as captured here by local fotographer Ferdinando Maino’.

Carnevale!!

AR/FOIANO-CARNEVALE carro   rusticiIt’s time to get your disguise on and let the party begin!! Carneval Season is fast approaching so here is a list of carnivals throughout Italy: carnivals-in-italy-2017. Some are really close, like the Carnevale di Foiano – one of the oldest as it dates back to 1539. And it’s only about 20 minutes away from Casa Leone Italy (your holiday home in Umbria).

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