Location / Dove
Casa Leone Italy is located in the old town of Castiglione del Lago, on Via Vittorio Emanuele, the main pedestrian street.
Casa Leone Italy si trova nel centro storico di Castiglione del Lago, in Via Vittorio Emanuele, la principale via pedonale.
Places to visit / Posti da vedere
There are so many close places to visit that are breathtakingly beautiful in this area. Here are a few ideas (including children-friendly combinations):
Ci sono tantissimi posti meravigliosi da visitare in questa parte d’Italia, ecco qualche idea:
- Castle: Visit the castle (il castello, la rocca) of Castiglione del Lago. Outside Casa Leone, to the right, there is the Palazzo della Corgna, with a ramp leading up to the main door. Enter here, walk through the Palazzo. Inside, at the opposite side of the palazzo, there is a door that leads out to the ‘secret passage’ to the Castle. Stunning views of the lake, fabulous to be on the top of such an old and beautiful place.
- Lake: Take a ferry boat across the lake, from Castiglione del Lago to Isola Maggiore. Isola Maggiore has wild rabbits and pheasants; look for them off the beaten track. You can walk round the island easily and also have lunch there. It is also where St Francis spent part of his life.
- Bike: Bikes can be rented locally and there is a bike track along all the lake.
- Swim: Swim in the lake and take a pedalo ride.
Walled town, full of art and beautiful churches and alley ways. Make sure to wander off the main bits. The restaurants are delicious here and the swimming pool is at the top of town (but accessed through the park known as ‘Il Parterre’). The pool is small but the position is lovely. There is also a nice walk to the Celle di San Francesco, where St Francis lived.
The town of wine! Make sure to go into the cantinas as you walk up the town. Many have Etruscan underground areas. You can go in free of charge, visit the underground section and taste the wine. One of my favourites is Cantina Redi, at the top of town. There is also a public pool down at Montepulciano Stazione (you need to drive down).
Pienza is a tiny, very charming Tuscan village famous for it’s pecorino cheese. A visit to Pienza, and its views of the World Heritage Site of the Val d’Orcia, can easily be linked to a trip to Montepulciano.
It’s world-reknowned Brunello wine and castle – the very avid tourist could do Montalcino with Montepulciano and Pienza!
One of the “Borghi piu belli d’Italia” (Italy’s prettiest towns), like Castiglione del Lago, this small hilltop village is a good place to walk around before heading out to the Tavernelle swimming pool (with slides and games).
Nice old town on a hill. Palio dei Terzieri festival. The town of saffron and birthplace of Pietro Vannucci, known as Il Perugino.
The main square is where they filmed La Vita e’ Bella, amongst other films. The town has amazing churches and is easily accessible by train from Castiglione del Lago. It is an important Etruscan city, packed with churches and art, including from Piero della Francesca.
The closest larger town, full of churches and university students. Don’t miss the fortified 14th century Rocca Paolina where the Popes used to hide, the 11th century Fontana Maggiore and catch a few concerts if you are there for Umbria Jazz.
The birthplace of St Francis, St Claire and St Gabriel, Assisi is a World Heritage Site. The Basilica di San Francesco has frescos by Giotto and Cimabue. (For a big day out, do Perugia in the morning and Assisi in the afternoon).
Another World Heritage Site, Siena is famous for its palio horse race (in July and August – if you want a space on the piazza you need to get there very early) and its distinctive Piazza del Campo, the square the horses run round.
There are trains from Castiglione del Lago to Firenze Santa Maria Novella right at the centre of Florence. They take about 1h20, so it’s easy to visit Florence for the day.