On a Sunday morning I went for my Italian breakfast, cappuccino and cornetto, to Michele & Co. My favorite bar in Castiglione del Lago. From the outside you wouldn’t see that Michele & Co is a well known place where you can eat and drink. It even looks like an old garage (which it once was). But clearly the Umbrians (with their Ferrari’s) know this place! Every Sunday morning it is crowded by people and families who come to enjoy the home made pastries and a good coffee.
I continued my day visiting Monte del Lago, a lesser known hamlet right on the lake Trasimeno, surrounded by ancient walls. Local fishermen go to the lake to catch delicious fish: pike, carp, perch and eel. Entering the village passing underneath a medieval gate one of the locals immediately recognized the tourist in me and showed me the way to a short round walk in this cute little village.
Villa in Umbria rents Casa Monte del Lago. From the village you cannot see the house, but it is only a few minutes walking up hill. The owners of the house told us about an antique villa in the centre of Monte del Lago recently bought by Dutch people. This is the Villa Schnabl. This villa was bought by Riccardo Schnabl Rossi in 1898.
During his time also famous guests, like Puccini, visited Monte del Lago. Also thanks to two important Italian personalities that at the time lived in another villa in Monte del Lago, the villa Palombaro. In another blog you can read more about them.
The views over the lake from Monte del Lago are amazing. The village itself is nothing more then a group of antique houses, there are no bars or shops, but of you travel around the lake, don’t forget to stop here. You’ll be able to make some wonderful pictures: