Umbria Blog | Bike trail Passignano sul Trasimeno

This Friday morning I thought the weekly market was in Passignano sul Trasimeno. From Castiglione del Lago, the small hamlet where I live, Passignano is only 20 km away. The bike tour along the lake also is an ideal track if you like running longer distances. I decided to take my bike and go to Passignano.

Bike Trail Trasimeno

The road is very easy and flat. Now that Autumn has started the temperatures are quite pleasant to bike or run.

In the beginning I thought I’d be alone along the Trasimeno Lake, but I did meet some other fellow bikers. I have a mountainbike which is easy cycling on mud and sandy trails, but these people passed by with normal bicycles.

It is a wonderful track from Castiglione del Lago to Passignano sul Trasimeno. Almost the whole way you’re driving along the lake. Now and than you find some obstacles, but you can avoid easily drive around it. First you pass Borghetto, and than Tuoro sul Trasimeno with a cosy picknick area to enjoy the views.

Bike Trail Trasimeno

Arriving in Passignano sul Trasimeno I hunkered for the market stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables to take home for my lunch. But I had been dreaming… on Friday there is no market, it is on Saturday morning! I made a small walk through the historical centre and I bought some bread. Passignano sul Trasimeno is a lovey village. One finds many terraces, shops, a butcher, a bakery and a fresh pasta shop.

Pasta shop in Passignano sul Trasimeno

Majolica shop in Passignano sul Trasimeno

Trasimeno Lake Umbria

On my way back I have recorded the track and the km counting with my navigation watch. The bike trail is fine both for trained and un-trained cyclists. You really do not need a mountainbike, you can also use a normal bike. A helmet is not required. You can follow the signs easily. The trail is surely recommended for bike lovers!

Bike Trail Trasimeno

Bike Trail Trasimeno

Bike Trail Trasimeno

Umbria Blog | visit La Pergola and eat like barbarians

Between Lake Trasimeno and Perugia are the holiday apartments of La Pergola. It has nine apartments and a large pool. At 4 km distance is Castel Rigone where you find a bakery, a bar and a grocery store.

Friends of mine were on a holiday at La Pergola in apartment Orvieto. They were five adults and a baby. Of course I already knew the apartments, but hanging out there as a tourist was my first experience. It really felt like a holiday! The views from the pool surprised me, so amazing. I loved it.

It was incredibly warm, so cooling down in the pool was almost a necessity that day. It was nice to meet other guests from Villa in Umbria around the pool. It is always pleasant to hear from guests how they spend their holidays and that they’re enjoying their time in Umbria. Also my Belgian friends were having a good time visiting many places like Assisi and Perugia, and also Cortona in Tuscany, all easy to reach from La Pergola.

In the evening we went to Castel Rigone for the local festival called “La Festa dei Barbari”, the festival of barbarians. A yearly sagra which takes place early August. Before dinner, we paid for our food and the wine was inclusive, how wonderful! Local barbarians served us free red and white wine at our table.

We drank wine as water and we ate as barbarians. We’ve tasted almost everything! After the food there was music, dance and theatre. A great experience when you’re on a holiday in Umbria.

Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria is the green heart of Italy and these green hills, the climate and the soil are excellent for making good wines. Abroad Umbrian wines are less known, which is a shame because the wines of this region are of high quality. In Umbria the Etruscans made wine two thousand years ago, but also the Romans in the 3rd century b.C. appreciated the wines.

Pucciarella vineyards

Merlot grapes

The most famous Umbrian wine is the white Orvieto, the Orvieto DOC and the Orvieto Classico DOC. The most interesting Umbrian red wines come from Torgiano and Montefalco. The founder of the Torgiano wines is the Lungarotti family. The red wine from Torgiano is mostly made of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes.

In the Trasimeno area is cultivated the lesser known Gamay grape. Within a short distance from Perugia, Assisi and Cortona is the estate “azienda agricola Pucciarella” (300 m above sea level). From its hills one can see as far as Torgiano to one side and Lake Trasimeno to the other side. The vineyards of Pucciarella measure 80 hectares.

Winery Pucciarella

Azienda Agricola Pucciarella

winners Pucciarella

At Pucciarella different kinds of grapes are harvested, such as Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sangiovese. They produce a characteristic Brut Spumante made by 100% Chardonnay grapes:”Chardonnay in purezza”, as well as a Brut Rosé of 100% Pinot nero grapes which is an elegant wine and very suitable for appetizers.

Pucciarella white wine

Colli del Trasimeno Bianco Scelto DOC

The red and white wines of Pucciarella are of high quality. The red wine Colli del Trasimeno DOC is made from only Cabernet grapes without any use of sulphites. This is quite exceptional. The wine gives an intense aroma of forest fruits, plums and spices. A harmonious wine good to combine with with pasta meals, red meat and old sheep cheese.

Pucciarella winners

Colli del Trasimeno Cabernet DOC

Pucciarella produces elegant wines thanks to the combination of exposure, soil characteristics, altitude and the low yield per vine. The wines have great character and are an excellent expression of the Umbrian terroir.

Cantina Pucciarella is opened daily. You can visit the winery without reservation and taste different kinds of wine. A nice experience and worth a visit when you are in Umbria.

Pucciarella vineyards