Umbria Blog | Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

August 15 is a bank holiday in Italy: Ferragosto. This national holiday celebrates the Assumption of the virgin Mary into heaven, the day when Catholics believe that God took the body of Jesus’ mother Mary into heaven to reunite with her son.

August is the traditional period for Italians to have their summer holidays. On August 15 many Italians go out for a picknick in a park or a barbecue in the garden. And many Italians make trips to the seaside or in the mountains to cool off.

This year on August 15 we decided to make a bike tour along the Trasimeno Lake with some friends. In the early morning we prepared our lunch and we started at 10.30 am with our mountainbike tour in Magione, Perugia.

Lago Trasimeno

Castiglione del Lago

Lago Trasimeno

Sant Arcangelo

From Magione we headed for Sant’Arcangelo, Castiglione del Lago and Tuoro sul Trasimeno. The cycle paths between Castiglione del Lago and Borghetto are a bit bumpy and narrow, but it was easy to pass by. Along the lake in Tuoro sul Trasimeno we found a wonderful picknick area for our small lunch.

After our picknick in Tuoro sul Trasimeno we headed for Passignano sul Trasimeno. Passignano is a lovely village along the lake. In the centre we found a small fountain where we filled our water bidon. The temperatures were about 30 degrees and biking without any drinks is not recommended. We needed fuel to continue. From Passignano we cycled to San Feliciano where it was crowded with people.

San Feliciano is only a few kilometres away from Magione where we parked our car. But, before getting there we had to make a huge climb to San Savino. San Savino is a small hill town along the lake.

The last kilomteres were only down hill to Magione. What a relief!

Bike Tour Lago Trasimeno

Lago Trasimeno

This cycle tour along the Trasimeno Lake is fantastic and is suitable for adults and for trained cyclists. The trail around the lake is quite flat and the total distance is about 70 km. A mountainbike is recommended. The path along the lake is fairly new and has been made especially for cyclists and tourists in Italy.

The picknick areas along the lake are wonderful. You do not need to get there by bike, but also on feet from Tuoro sul Trasimeno you’ll get there quite easily.

A  sportive activity to discover in Umbria I really enjoyed!

Lago Trasimeno Umbria

Tuoro sul Trasimeno

Bike tour Trasimeno Lake : https://www.relive.cc/view/g13576447743

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Umbria Blog | Wakeboard at Lake Trasimeno

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.

 

Tulip event in Castiglione del Lago

This year was the 50th edition of the Festa del Tulipano in Castiglione del Lago. The event always takes place in April and attracts many people year after year.

Festa del Tulipano

Festa del Tulipano

This year’s theme was Walt Disney: Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Dombo and The Little Mermaid were all adorned with tulip leaves. The floats are really well made and some even have moving parts.

Festa del Tulipano

Festa del Tulipano

I live in the centre of Castiglione del Lago which usually is a quiet little town, but during the tulip event Castiglione del Lago is really crowded with people. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the most visited events in Castiglione during the year.

Outside the old town walls one can buy some really good street food. Bars, shops and restaurants are open from noon till dawn. A very well organized festival held in the historical centre of Castiglione del Lago, with live music, theatre and fun for everybody.

Festa del Tulipano

Restaurant tips in Castiglione del Lago

In Castiglione del Lago one find many nice restaurants and trattoria’s. I have tried so many of them! These are the two restaurants close to my house I’d really recommend:

Ristorante Pizzeria La Cantina

La Cantina is a restaurant in the centre of Castiglione del Lago. In Spring and Summer one can eat outside on the terrace with view over the Trasimeno Lake. The pizza’s, fish and dolci are delicious!
Ristorante La Cantina, Via Vittorio Emanuale 93 in Castiglione del Lago

La Cantina Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago

Ristorante Osteria Le Scalette

Another good restaurant in Castiglione del Lago is Le Scalette. This is a family restaurant just outside the walls. The grandparents of the family prepare the best and fresh traditional Umbrian cuisine for their guests. You will be licking your fingers after you’ve finished your dinner here. Very good. I have written a blog post about this restaurant.

Holiday houses near to Castiglione del Lago

If you would like to visit this yearly event in April, and you’re looking for a place to stay, have a look at these wonderful locations:

Casa Paciano: It is at walking distance from Paciano. A beautiful holiday house with apartments, private terraces and shared pool with view over the Umbrian hills.

The owners were always ready and willing to give some advice so we could make the most of our time in Umbria. Excellent location to combine relaxation with culture.”

casa paciano holiday umbria

Casa Valdichiana: Surrounded by sunflower fields, olive trees and vineyards. An idyllic holiday house with apartment and shared pool, new on our website. The views are breathtaking.

casa Valdichiana garden

Private villa’s

Trasimeno Bungalow: A private bungalow with swimming pool for max 4 persons. From this address you’re at walking distance from the Trasimeno Lake and 5 minutes drive from the road E45. A supermarket is almost literally at a stone’s throw.

A lovely and well equipped house. We’ve spent a lot of hours at the swimming pool.

trasimeno bungalow in Tuoro sul Trasimeno

Casa Lago Trasimeno: A modern private holiday home with pool sleeping 4 guests in Tuoro sul Trasimeno. From the balcony you have wonderful views over the lake.

Again we had a wonderful stay in a fantastic holiday home”.

Casa Lago Trasimeno