Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
You will have stunning views for 40 miles over lake Trasimeno and the Perugian plain from this modern holiday apartment in Italy. It is situated on the outskirts of the small hill town of Castel Rigone, in Umbria, over 500 metres above the north east side of Lake Trasimeno and about 20 km from the capital Perugia, close to the border with Tuscany. In this lovely medieval town you can escape the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts and soak up the character, history and landscape of this beautiful part of Italy. Many interesting towns are within easy driving distance from the apartment such as Assisi, Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena and Arezzo.
This holiday apartment in Italy is new, therefore enabling you to live as conveniently and easily as possible. The terrace has plenty of room for a table and chairs. Perfect for Al-Fresco eating during the day or in the cool of the evening. Raised groundfloor access; large living/dining/kitchen, bed1: 1 kingsize, bed2: 2 singles.
A supermarket, chemists, post office, 2 bars, and 2 restaurants are within 10 mins walking distance. A large range of shops and restaurants are within a 10 minute drive in nearby Passigano or Magione. Local Activities include: beaches on the lake, nature reserves, lake fishing, horse riding, cycling, archery, sailing, swimming, walking, water skiing, wind-surfing, tennis courts, clay-pigeon shooting and bowling.
Arrival after 4pm and departure before 10am. 35% deposit required at booking
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torricella 10 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: International Airport of Umbria - Perugia "St 12 km, Nearest railway: Terontola 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Umbria region
You will be able to enjoy Umbria, the green heart of Italy, from this holiday apartment in Italy and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Hundreds of rivers and a handful of lakes irrigate fertile valleys flanked by forested hillsides and mountains reaching above 2,000 metres , 6,500 feet. In this lovely medieval town of Castel Rigone you can escape the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts and soak up the character, history and landscape of this beautiful part of Italy. Many interesting towns are within easy driving distance from the apartment such as Assisi, Cortona, Firenze, Montepulciano, Siena and Arezzo.
Mild temperatures the entire year, with warm dry summers, and mild winters with a little rain. From May to September clear, warm and dry weather prevails. At over 500 metres above sea level, the apartment at Castel Rigone enjoys cooling breezes.
Lake Trasimeno is a 10-15 minute drive away, and has sandy beaches which are rarely crowded. This part of Umbria is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty so development around the lake in this part of Italy is severely restricted. Lago Trasimeno – is surrounded by low fertile hills covered with olive groves and vineyards, and its shores are grown with reeds. It has picturesque lakeside villages and three islands, Minore, Maggione and Polvese, two of which can be reached from the main coastal towns by a regular ferry service (APM). The colours of its water changes constantly according to the weather. The fourth largest lake in Italy with a circumference of 45 km, it is 257m above sea level, with a maximum depth of only 6 metres. Fed by a few rivers, small streams and canals, Lake Trasimeno abounds in fish that are still caught by fishermen in round nets attached to wooden piles in the water from flat-bottomed boats. It has always been an important area for migrating water-fowl, kingfishers and herons, and is therefore popular for bird-watching.
Inhabited since the Palaeolithic era, Lake Trasimeno is famous as the site of the resounding victory of Hannibal over the Romans in 217 BC on its northern shores. It is right in the heart of one of the richest areas in the world for history, art and culture. Within a two hour drive you can see a substantial part of the world's artistic heritage including ancient, medieval and Italian Renaissance art. There are also a wealth of cultural and folklore events around the lake. There are three artistic and environmental trails – Perugino and the Umbrian School in the 15th and 16th centuries; the sancturies of the Trasimeno area; and the artistic appreciation of the della Corgna (details from local tourist information offices).
Trasimeno has a mild climate, and this together with the fertile soil ensures the high quality of local produce, especially olive oil, honey, saffron and wine. Around the lake there is an olive oil trail (Strada dell'Olio Extra Vergine d'Oliva DOP Umbria) and five wine routes (Strada del vino colli del Trasimeno) (details from local tourist information offices). Slow Food is an international organisation formed in Paris in 1989 with its hadquarters in Piedmont. Its activities are centred on education into taste, the protection and awareness of local food production. One of the many Italian products in danger of extinction is a small bean that originally came from Africa with the Etruscans. Fagiolina del Trasimeno is now being cultivated, marketed and sold in the local restaurants. The Trasimeno Slow Food Administration raises awareness and promotes the production of typical wines and produce through meetings and Taste Workshops. Over 20 restaurants participate in Trasimeno a Tavola, which aims to promote typical Trasimeno food offering dishes using local produce and/or cooked according to the traditional recipes.
Local Activities include: beaches on the lake, nature reserves, lake fishing, horse riding, cycling, archery, sailing, swimming, walking, water skiing, wind-surfing, tennis courts, clay-pigeon shooting and bowling.
Castel Rigone is situated high in the hills surrounded by woods, with a spectacular view of the lake. The picturesque geranium strewn historical centre developed around a defensive castle rebuilt towards the end of the 13th century. Long sections of the wall, the main tower, three smaller towers and two of the access gates, Porta Monterone and Porta Ponente, still remain. One of the most interesting medieval centres in Umbria, tradition says that the name derives from Rigo or Rigone, a lieutenant of Totilia, king of the Ostrogaths, who in 543 AD used the small village as a base from which to besiege Perugia. This event is celebrated every year by a historic procession in gothic costumes, Giostra di Arrigo and the Barbarian Festival (Festa dei barbari). Castel Rigone has 2 famous churches; La Madonna dei Miracoli built in the 15th century is a destination for pilgrims and San Vito dating from the 13th century.
There are 2 cafe/bars, 2 restaurants, a pharmacy, a post office and a small but well-stocked supermarket with delicatessen counter and fresh bread. The 2 nearest main towns, Passignano and Magione, both of which have a full range of shops, restaurants and entertainment, are only 10 minutes drive towards the lake.