The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer.
Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for new holiday rentals. Last week we were invited by Massimo and Roberta for a visit to their cosy and modern villa in Spello. Massimo comes originally from Rome and Roberta is born in Foligno. They live on the property in their own separate house, and re-styled the villa they used to live in. We really loved the house! Also the swimming pool is particular with its black colour. From the garden and the upstairs windows you have a beautiful view towards Assisi and Spello. The house is set in the valley below Spello. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the villa. The house sleeps 6+1 people. There’s a car park and flat garden with barbecue.
This villa has in ideal position to explore Umbria. Visiting places like Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spoleto is easy to do. There also is a cycle path nearby connecting Spoleto and Assisi.
We will soon add this villa to our website, this is just a preview. You’ll like it.
Roberta and Massimo are very kind and they hope to welcome you in Umbria. Already interested? Ask us!
I am training for the Rotterdam marathon. I need to run long distances in this period. It is important that I follow my training schedule before running the marathon as well as eat and rest properly. With work and other responsibilities this is not always easy but I like it and I love running.
The winter months in Umbria were cold and wet and I do not like running at all in these conditions. I’m the typical good weather addict. Especially when the infamous “tramontana” comes up it is hard to get out of the door for a run. The tramontana is a strong and cold wind from the Alps and Apennines. This wind almost blows you away! There is nobody taking “a stroll” along the lake, only a few kite surfers who love flying and surfing on the lake.
A couple of weeks ago it felt like Spring. I was in Tuoro sul Trasimeno and I ran a big part of the famous route of “Hannibal”. This route is about 8-9 km. In this area Hannibal fought against the Romans in 217 before Christ and won the battle. Who doesn’t know Hannibal? He was the man who crossed the Alps with his elephants.
This route is amazing! You can also walk there or go by bike. Here you find the directions.
At home in Castiglione del Lago I saw people having lunch outside on a terrace from the restaurant “La Cantina”. From there you have a stunning view over the lake. It is pleasant eating outside for lunch, now that the temperatures are getting warmer and without the tramontana.
We all look forward to the Summer!
– Posted by Sylvia van der Male –
We visit many holiday homes in Umbria but sometimes you happen to come across one of these that stand out from the rest. Today was such a day. Beautiful scenery, not far away from the main road, friendly owner, what else would you want from a holiday home? I have made a few pictures that I collected in this you tube video.
– Posted by Saskia van der Bolt –