Every year at the end of September the food festival I Primi D’Italia takes place in Foligno. A good reason to visit this often underrated town in the centre of Umbria. It was pretty crowded on Sunday afternoon, but very cozy. Throughout the city there are designated places to taste all kinds of primi (pasta or risotto), either from a particular region or from a famous chef. You pay at the counter €3 to €8 euro to have 1 to 3 different primi.
Are you in autumn in Umbria, then go to this festival for a less touristic experience, that is… few foreign tourists, a lot of Italians though.
Foligno itself is very much worth it. It is a small livable city in the plain between Assisi and Spoleto, easily accessible from the motorway or by train. We previously wrote about its Cathedral and Palazzo Trinci.
Near Foligno is the famous wine village of Montefalco where you can stay in modern apartments, ideal for two people and within walking distance of the village.
Every year in June and in September there also is a medieval festival not to be missed in Foligno: the quintana.
Since a few years there is a wakeboard park at Lake Trasimeno. During this time of the year that we are busy with our summer season, it also is the time that family and friends spend their holiday with us. By now their children are young teenagers and we thought to try this wakeboard park with them. That wasn’t a bad idea: now that I am writing this we went once and are going again tomorrow.
The wake park (maybe park is a little bit exaggerated, but that’s what they call it) is easy to find along the road between Borghetto and Castiglione del Lago. Coming from the highway, you take the exit for Castiglione del Lago and will find the location within a kilometre, on the left hand side of the road with a large parking lot in front. There is a a restaurant here, so it is easy to recognize. Behind the restaurant is a small inner lake where you can practice wakeboarding.
It is suitable for children from 8 years onwards (Baby Wake), but personally I think that children a little bit older will enjoy this most. One does need some force and muscle to stand up on the water. A lifejacket and helmet is supplied to everybody and you’ll be pulled over the water via a cable. Raising yourself out of the water is not easy and making loops is something for experienced wakeboarders only. You may have an advantage if you are a snowboarder. We mainly plunged into the water. 😉
All in all it was a fun hour, if you are a group it’ll take more time. The first time you’ll pay €25 for an introduction and obligatory subscription, after that it is €12 each time. On the website are the opening hours, but it is better to call and agree a time first. Otherwise you risk that there is nobody present or a group practicing making you wait quite a while. Payment is in cash, I didn’t spot a bank machine anywhere.
The restaurant has good pizza’s and other food. Plates are abundant. If you go wakeboarding late afternoon, you may want to stay here for dinner. The restaurant is called: La Sosta del Priore and opens in the evening from 7 pm. The address is: Strada Statale 75bis, 06061 Castiglione del Lago (PG). I didn’t find a website, but they are on Tripadvisor.
Somewhat hidden behind the theatre of Tuoro sul Trasimeno a new restaurant opened up. It has been a restaurant for many years but lately it was abandoned. Marco is now giving it a second chance and changed it into a cosy osteria. You can’t miss the small theatre of Tuoro, it is along the main road and has a parking in front. Walk around the theatre and behind it you will find this small restaurant.
Marco aims to present only local produce and does this very literally: there is no refrigerator in the kitchen. It is all fresh food that is served. He selects the ingredients himself, chooses the recipies and as much as possible combines fresh seasonal vegetables and local fish from the lake. At the entrance of the restaurant is a small herb garden he created himself. You won’t have large portions here, but it is all very particular. One thinks to get tomato and mozzarella, for instance, but it looks very different:
We spent €120 in four, an antipasto and primo each, inclusive the wine from the house. The meals go from €10-12 for an antipasto, €12-14 for a primo up to around €20 for a main course.
I can warmly recommend this small osteria, if you wish to eat locally, organic, and somewhat different from the mainstream.
Via Roma 41
06069 Tuoro sul Trasimeno (PG)
cell. +39 392 4831828