Tuoro is a small and quite village, in the 217 b.C. it took place a big battle between Romans and Cartaginians where the famous cartaginian general Annibal defeated his enemy. In all the town there are many sposts to relive the moments of the battle. If you want to have a special experience, get the ferry boat to Isola Maggiore; the famous Saint Francis spent a part of his life there!
Passignano (5 minitus driving far from the house) is one of the most beautiful town on the shores of the Lake. It has 2km of walking in front of the water with bars, restaurants and shops. If you love ice cream don’t miss Gelateria Tropical. The modern town is dominated by an ancient castle and there is a big tower La Rocca where you can enjoy a magnificent view of all the lake.
Cortona (25 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town on the top of a hill with a great view of “Val di Chiana” valley. I suggest to visit Eremo Le Celle, a monastry where Saint Francis spent a part of his life; the place is quite and peaceful and I am sure you will enjoy it! The old town is beautiful and there are many shops and reastaurants. Take a foto group here!
Perugia (30 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town on the top of a hill and it’s famous in all the world for the chocolate festival Eurochocolate and for the chocolate company Perugina. I suggest to visit the centre passing trough the fortress Rocca Paolina; I am sure it will be an amazing experience!
Castiglione del Lago (15 minutes driving far from the house) is a mediaval town on the shores of the Lake. The city is divided in two parts: the new part close to the lake has a beach and a long road with restaurants and bars (perfect to spend a easy afternoon or have an aperitivo) and the old city centre where you can visit the old buildings and buy local food. Don’t miss the chance to walk on the old wall of the city. That’s awesome!
Assisi (50 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town and owes its celebrity to Saint Francis. I suggest to visit the Basilica dedicated to him and have a walking trough the old roads of the old town, you will feel inspired! It could be a little weird for somone, but my favourite place is the Assisi War Cemetery, it hosts mostly american and english soldiers died in Italy during the second world war. The atmosphere, the green grass, the quiet and the story of make this place special!
Montepulciano (40 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town and it’s famous in all the world for the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. There are many shops and wineries spread in all the town, I suggest to visit the most historical ones: Palazzo Ricci (in the main square of the town, a perfetct place to feel the medieval essence and have a good lunch with wines) and Cantina Ercolani (the winery hides an underground city: don’t miss that!)
Pienza (50 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval village in the middle of Val D’Orcia, one of the most beautiful tuscan valley. The city takes his name from his citizen Enea Piccolomini who on 1458 became pope with the name Pio II. The village is famous in all the world for the Percorino di Pienza, a dried sheep cheese. Get a tasty ice-cream here and walk till this place to relax and enjoy the amazing view of Pienza. You will feel inspired!
If you love horses, you can’t miss the chance to have a ride with Vasco. He is an adorable man with a immense love for animals. I am his first fan and I often go out with him. Contact me if you are interested.
1.5 hour: 1 guest: €40 / 2 guests €35 per guest / 3 guests €30 per guest
3 hours: €100 per person (for experienced riders)
The tour is for maximum 5 people
Maximum acceptable weight 90kg
It is Vasco’s decision to see if you can gallop or not during the trip
Lake Trasimeno gives you the possibility to have beautiful experience. If you love to bike, don’t miss the chance to rent a bike and have a tour on the shores of the lake. There are many paths (easy, medium and hard), I am sure you will find the right one for you! Check here. I suggest to rent your bikes at Cicli Valentini, they are based on Castiglione del Lago (15 minutes driving far from the house), but for an extra fee they can bring the bikes directly to the house.
BEACH AND FUN
If the wheater is too hot, you have to chooice: have fresh in my swimming pool or make something close to the water. The beach in Tuoro is well equipped: you can rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boats. If you just want to relax and have in drink on the shores of the Lake, one of my favourite place is Monte del Lago, you will find the best beach of the Lake and very close to it, a nice bar to have an aperitif.
During an holiday, sometimes it happens a day with bad wheather. Don’t get depressed at home and have a shopping day. I am sure ladies will appreciate that! I suggest 2 big shopping centre: Val di Chiana Outlet Village (25 minutes driving in Tuscany) and Centro Commerciale Collestrada (30 minutes driving in Umbria). You will find very nice shops and places to have a snack. Very recommended!