Stretching along the banks of the River Tiber in Umbria, Citta di Castello is an ancient city which still hides behind its almost perfectly preserved 16th century town walls. There is an undeniable elegance to the town, which perfectly encapsulates the Renaissance grace and lavishness of Umbria. There is a long history with the town, meaning that anyone staying in a Citta di Castello apartment or villa for rent will be treated to architectural and artistic gems from many eras and influences.
Citta di Castello is awash with historic places of interest dating back across many centuries. Despite originally being a Roman settlement, information on Citta di Castello points towards the Middle Ages as the most influential era, as the town was levelled during the barbarian invasions. The baroque Palace of the Podesta, the Palace of the Priors and the gothic town hall are three of the most striking buildings in the town details of which are available from the Citta di Castello information office located in the centre of town. There are some notable religious buildings in Citta di Castello too, offering up fine examples of gothic and religious art to anyone with an interest staying in a Citta di Castello villa for rent, apartment or holiday home in the surrounding countryside.
There is plenty to do in the town aside from discover its magnificent history too. Throughout the city are a range of excellent shopping streets, filled with small boutiques and high end shops, as well as a range of fine restaurants which fill the streets with mouth watering aromas, and two fine art galleries, housed in the Palazzo Vitelli Alla Cannoniera.
The town is surrounded by low, rolling hills, which attract walkers and mountain bikers from all over the world to self catering villas for rent in Citta di Castello. There are endless trails through the hills, many of which take you along stretches of the River Tiber, from fishing beats (permits are available from the Citta di Castello tourist information office), or stretches adorned with the occasional canoe or raft. Canoeing up the Tiber is a magical way to discover the Citta di Castello region, especially if you have the freedom of a private, self catering Citta di Castello apartment or villa to enjoy.
When staying in a self catering Citta di Castello villa rental, the markets of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina are priceless. The finest of local produce can readily be bought from the town, with cheese, wild mushrooms and truffles taking pride of place among the extended list of local delicacies. The town itself is well worth visiting anyway, as this is one of the most beautiful hill top settlements in the Citta di Castello area.
The weather conditions you will experience from a Citta di Castello apartment will always be delightfully warm, but conditions never get extreme. In the summer, the temperate climate keeps average monthly temperatures hovering around the 25˚C mark, with daily peaks usually reaching the low 30’s. In winter, conditions are still remarkably pleasant, with temperatures of under 10˚C very rare during the day.
Perugia’s Sant’Egidio Airport (PEG) is located just 45km from the front door of a Citta di Castello villa for rent, making the town hugely accessible from the UK. Ryanair provide direct flights to Perugia embarking from London Stansted (STN) throughout the year.