Located on the shores of the magnificent Lake Trasimeno in Perugia Province, Umbria, Castiglione del Lago is a wonderful place to stay in Italy. The historical centre of the city is beautifully preserved, offering many magnificent medieval sites for visitors. Its cuisine and culture have strong connections to both Tuscany and Umbria, and due to its enviable combination of ease of access and secluded location, very few visitors can refrain from returning to their Castiglione del Lago holiday home year after year.
Although there are numerous fascinating sights to be seen within the town walls of Castiglione del Lago, there are two features that really stand out as essential viewing from a Castiglione del Lago holiday rental villa or apartment. The Fortress of the Lion (Castello del Leone), with its distinctive pentagonal design, dates back to the 12th Century and has some remarkable feats of engineering within its walls. The Town Hall is no less impressive, although much of its appeal comes from its Renaissance style as opposed to its powerful appearance. It is here that you can find the civic museum and gallery which houses beautiful Renaissance frescos and paintings from local masters.
Many visitors to Castiglione del Lago come for the unspoilt nature. Based between the shimmering Lake Trasimeno and the lush green hills of Umbria, Castiglione del Lago accommodation is at the centre of nature, home to a huge array of waterfowl from heron to the elusive osprey. There are many wonderful walks around the shores of Lake Trasimeno to take, details of which are available from the Castiglione del Lago tourist information office. The lake itself is a haven for sailing and fishing, and you can hire a boat, get a lesson or organise a fishing trip easily from within the town.
Every other year, Castiglione del Lago springs into life as the bi-annual Coloriamo I Cieli festival fires up. The ‘Colour of the Skies’ festival is a celebration of kites, hot air balloons and light aircraft, and is held in April or early May. It is a stunning spectacle, unmissable if you are lucky enough to be staying in Castiglione del Lago accommodation at the time.
Taking a holiday rental in Castiglione del Lago is a wonderful way to explore the richest artistic centres in Italy. Florence, Assisi, Orvieto, Cortona and Perugia are all within 100km of a Castiglione del Lago villa. Leaving the tourist crowds behind and returning to the peace and tranquillity of Castiglione del Lago makes visiting the urban tourist centres much more relaxing, allowing you to relax in the evenings and plan the following days excursions.
The climate of Castiglione del Lago has a very Mediterranean feel. Summers are long and hot, with temperatures averaging around 23°C from May until September. Winters are much cooler, but still very pleasant, rarely dipping below 10°C.
Despite its rural location, a Castiglione del Lago villa is easily reached from the UK. The Sant Egidio International Airport (PEG) in Perugia is within 50km of the town, and Ryanair provide direct, cheap flights from London Stansted (STN). Castiglione del Lago also has a mainline train station on the line from Rome to Milan, both of which have international airports which receive direct flights from the UK.