NEARBY TOWNS & VILLAGES
Villa l’ Antica Posta (also know as Il Villino) is perfectly positioned for the visitor who wishes to combine a relaxing holiday with discovering some of Italy’s most famous historic and artistic centres. Many small towns and villages of beauty and interest are within easy reach. For wine lovers there are a multitude of excellent vineyards. Olive oil and local specialities are also obtainable at most vineyards and co-operatives and there is an infinite choice of restaurants specialising in both Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine. Take a drive through the Val d’Orcia half an hour to the west and you will come across mediaeval towns, castles, churches and some of Italy's most spectacular countryside.
PERUGIA (50 mins)
Regional capital, 50kms away, typical medieval town built on a hill top with surrounding fortified walls. Internationally renowned for Baci Perugia chocolates, visit their museum. Excellent Art Gallery featuring Perugino, Piero della Francesca and other top Renaissance artists. “Umbria Jazz” during the month of July features top international musicians in a ten day long festival staged throug out the town. Many free concerts and tickets for bookable concerts are obtainable online. Pleasant shopping in the elegantly ancient main street. Park below the city walls under Piazza Partigiani and travel up to the town centre on an escalator that passes through the fascinating medieval underground fortress known as Rocca Paolina.
ASSISI (1 hour)
Exquisite medieval town 20 Kms further east of Perugia. Home of St. Francis of Assisi. The main basilica is famous for the Giotto frescos. Don't miss St. Maria degli Angeli below the main town, which houses St. Francis' original tiny chapel.
ORVIETO (1 hour)
45 minutes drive from Villa L' AnticaPosta ( ll Villino), on the main motorway towards Rome. Known for it’s white wine. Has a particularly beautiful Basilica. A really charming small town.
GUBBIO (1 hour 20 mins)
About 30 minutes northeast of Perugia. Recognised as a perfect Medieval hill town.
CITTA DELLA PIEVE (30 mins)
Forty minutes southeast of Il Villino. Perugino frescos in the duomo and Oratorio di Santa Maria dei Bianchi.
CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO (14 mins)
The lake can be found 7 kms directly east of Il Villino at Castiglione del Lago. This is the principle town on the lake and our local centre. Castiglione offers some good restaurants, a ruined Castle and Palazzo della Corgna which houses some frescos. Weekly market on Wednesday morning for clothes and fresh produce (phone number hidden), go early as parking can be difficult. Buy wonderful salame, cured hams and local specialities at Battilani on the corner of the fountain square. On the lake below the town are several beaches and casual restaurants.
LAGO TRASIMENO (15 mins)
The drive around the lake is about 60 kms and very scenic. You will pass several small towns of varying interest. Monte del Lago is quaint and worth a stop. San Feliciano offers a ferry to Isola Polvese, featuring a bird sanctuary and nature walks, where there is a basic restaurant for snacks and pleasant beaches for swimming.
Passignano on the east side of the lake has an attractive lakeside promenade.
Lake Trasimeno has three islands, the most attractive is Isola Maggiore reached by ferry from Tuoro in 15 minutes. There are several outdoor restaurants where lake fish is a speciality. By arrangement with the restaurants for a dedicated ferry, one can also dine there in the evening. Isola Minore is closed to visitors.
PANICALE (30 mins)
Immediately south of Lake Trasimeno. Beautifully kept medieval village on hilltop. Excellent small restaurant overlooking the main square and good trattoria in the sidestreet to the right. There is an important Perugino fresco in the church of San Sebastiano, but one must visit during business hours and call at the municipal offices to arrange access.
CORTONA (30 mins)
A perfect example of a medieval town with a spectacular approach and views. The diocesian museum houses the famous Annuziation by Fra Angelico. Several antique shops, and excellent dining. Setting of the best selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun”
MONTEPULCIANO (20 mins)
Another hilltop town, famous for its red wine. Entering the town from the first gate one can visit wine “cantinas” and taste and buy the wines, local cheese and salami. The Ercolani cantina has an fascinating wine museum in the cellar, where there are also Etruscan wells and tombs.
PIENZA (35 mins)
Charming, beautifully kept town, full of good restaurants and cheese shops. Their speciality is the local pecorino, which comes in a huge variety of flavours. Impossible to leave without buying kilos of cheese.
MONTALCINO (1 hour)
World renowned for Brunello red wine.. Various cantinas can be visited and wine ordered for shipping overseas. The drive is very scenic through the Val d'Orcia.
CHIUSI - Old town (20 mins)
The ancient Etruscan capital “Clusium” with etruscan tombs and interesting museum
BAGNO VIGNONI (50 mins)
An ancient village with hot mineral springs. Albergo Posta offers a swimming pool of thermal water at 38degC open to the public, wonderful on a crisp sunny day in spring or autumn
AREZZO (50 mins)
Spectacular frescos by Piero della Francesca on the life of St.Francis. Good shopping. Large antique street market first weekend of each month. For more interesting things to do in Arezzo CLICK HERE.
SIENA (1 hour)
Of great beauty and historical interest
FLORENCE (1 hour 30 mins)
120km by car. Parking can be difficult. Trains run from Castiglione del Lago periodically taking 1½ hours. Buy tickets at Bar Alise opposite the station. We suggest that you take a whole day, leaving early to enjoy the sights and shopping before an early dinner. Last train leaves Florence at 21.30. Villa l'Antica Posta offers bespoke tours of Florence including guided museum tours, sculpture classes, exquisite dining experiences and much more. Please contact us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
ROME (2 hours)
As with Florence we recommend the train, as traffic entering and exiting city can be very heavy and parking difficult. Trains from Castliglione del Lago, or Intercity from Chiusi. Last train of the day leaves quite early, check timetable carefully.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS CALENDAR
SIENA – FIERA DI SAN GIUSEPPE
Traditional feast to celebrate St Joseph with food stalls, donkey races and parade
NARNI – CORSA ALL’ANELLO
Six hundred and fortyfour years have gone by since the first “Race of the Ring” but Narni and its knights are still celebrating their medieval jousting competition annually and it’s a spectacle not to be missed.
CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO - COLARIAMO I CIELI (LET'S COLOUR THE SKY)
An annual festival for kite-flying and hot air balloon enthusiasts. Kites are flown by participants at the old airport strip in Castiglione del Lago to the accompaniment of food, wine and music. Takes place in the Spring.
ORVIETO – FEAST OF CORPUS DOMINI
Every year on the Feast of Corpus Domini, Orvieto relives the solemnity of the ceremony, both religious and purely popular. Costumed procession with the streets decorated in flowers
GUBBIO - RACE OF THE CANDLES (CORSA DEI CERI)
For centuries, Gubbio's Corsa dei Ceri has been celebrated on 15 May, St-Ubaldo's eve. The festival began after an important victory in a war against enemy cities, when the comune decided to host a festival to celebrate and express gratitude to Ubaldo, the bishop of Gubbio. Participants compete as opposing teams representing either St-Ubaldo, St-Anthony or St-Giorgio, and each team carries the "candle" with the statue of their saint attached, through the streets to the Basilica of St-Ubaldo. The candles are large seven-metre high wooden octagonal pillars. Though it is a race of sorts, the candle with St-Ubaldo always enters the church first - the winner is determined by the participants and bystanders to be the team showing the most skill in getting their candle to the church.
ASSISI - CALENDIMAGGIO FESTIVAL
The Calendimaggio festival is dedicated to St-Francis, Assisi's patron saint. Flower arrangements adorn the streets and the local townspeople dress in colourful period costumes. The festivities include love song competitions, as well as traditional games and events. The festival culminates in the prestigious Palio. A jury of historians, directors and musicologists make up the board of judges and award the prize of the Calendimaggio festival to the district which displays and interprets the essence of the return of spring with the best love songs, costumes, races and games.
SPOLETO - WINES OF THE WORLD (VINI NEL MONDO)
Hundreds of wineries present their creations at this multi-day wine festival. During the festival, wine tastings, music, food and art bring the Piazza del Mercato alive.
JUNE - JULY
SPOLETO FESTIVAL (FESTIVA DI SPOLETO)
Spoleto revels in several weeks of art, dance, theatre and music during this popular annual festival.
SPELLO - INFIORATE DI SPELLO
The streets of Spello are decorated with religious decorations and stunning floral designs for this annual religious festival.
FOLIGNO - TOURNAMENT OF THE QUINTANA (GIOSTRA DELLA QUINTANA)
The Tournament of the Quintana is an annual jousting tournament held in Foligno between the four regions of Foligno. Knights joust for metal rings hanging from a wooden statue, called the quintana. With each challenge, the ring gets smaller and smaller. A historical parade of participants in Baroque-style dress winds through the city centre the night before the contest. The Challenge Tournament is held in June, with the Return Game in September.
SIENA – PALIO DI SIENA
With colourful 15th century pageantry riders representing Siena’s 17 contrade, their neighbourhoods, compete riding bareback in the Piazza del Campo for this renowned three-circuit race to glory dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Held twice each year in July & August.
PERUGIA - UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The annual Umbria Jazz Festival brings dozens of concerts by world-renowned musicians to the centre of Perugia.
LAKE TRASIMENO - TRASIMENO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Musicians from around the world descend on Lake Trasimeno for the annual music festival. In June or July.
LAKE TRASIMENO - TRASIMENO BLUES FESTIVAL
Arguably the most important blues festival in Italy, the nearly two-week long festival brings some of the top blues musicians in the world to Umbria. Exhibitions and other events also take place in conjunction with the festival.
ASSISI - CROSSBOW PALIO ST RUFINO
Taking place on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday of August, the Palio St-Rufino is a traditional competition between the crossbowmen of Assisi. The city's three Terzieri factions San Francesco, San Rufino & Dive Marie compete for the prized "Drappo", painted by a local artist. The Palio is followed by a procession in period costume, banquet and celebrations.
MONTEFALCO - PALIO DEI TERZIERI
Ancient disputes between the three sectors of Montefalco are played out in archery competitions for this annual festival. Renaissance-style theatre and music performances, as well as plenty of food and drink, draw the crowds to Montefalco.
MONTEPULCIANO – IL BRAVO DELLE BOTTI
Teams from the eight contradas of Montepulciano compete in a race rolling wine barrels over 1,800 meters up the main street of the town to the Piazza Grande. There is a costumed procession before the race.
GUBBIO - PALIO DELLA BALESTRA
The Palio della Balestra is a traditional crossbow contest which dates back to the twelfth century AD. The contest takes place in September in the Piazza Grande in Gubbio, with the winning crossbowman the one who accurately hits the most targets. The winner receives the "pregevole" silk banner. The festival ends with a fireworks display.
AREZZO - GIOSTRA DEL SARACINO
Saracen Medieval Jousting Tournament - held in the afternoon. Eight costumed knights of the 14th century charge towards a wooden Saracen. Each pair of knights represents a district of Arezzo. The contest is preceded by a colourful procession through the town. The winning knight receives a golden lance and the pride of his district.
PERUGIA – EUROCHOCOLATE
A much anticipated festival in celebration of chocolate. Over the course of nine days, Perugia hosts cooking lessons, tastings, exhibitions, awards and more based on chocolate.
SIENA – FIERA DI SAN GIUSEPPE
Traditional feast to celebrate St Joseph with food stalls, donkey races and parade