Italy Vacation Rental

Via Cerreta, Ranciano
Castiglione del Lago

The middle house in a block of five. Thought to date from the eighteenth century, with exposed beams in all rooms, the property has been modernised to provide simple but comfortable accommodation for five people.
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View of Lake Trasimeno from our house.

Original brick facade at present unrendered, with visible shell hits from Second World War Allied assaults on the building which was occupied by German troops in 1944-45.

The House includes:

Three bedrooms...with one king-size bed and three single beds.
Main room...with open fireplace, dining table, armchairs and TV (not satellite) and
Kitchen area...with fridge and gas & electric cooker.
Bathroom...with bath/shower attachment, bidet, toilet and washbasin.
Accommodation is all on first floor. Ground floor used for drying clothes.
Outside...lawns to front, owned in common with neighbors.
Views over open countryside and Lake Trasimeno approximately two miles away.

LOCATION...The house is situated in Ranciano, 5 minutes outside the village of San Fatucchio and overlooking the town of Castiglione del Lago, on Lake Trasimeno, in the region of Umbria, Central Italy.

Across the lake lies the regional capital Perugia, and just beyond, Assisi. Within half an hour's drive are the towns of Arezzo, Chiusi, Cortona and the thermal spa Chianciano Terme. The whole area is famous for its medieval hilltop towns such as Gubbio, Todi, Terni and many others.

The cities of Siena, Florence and Rome can be reached in 1-2 hours via the main North-South A1 motorway which is 20 minutes away, or by train.

The Tuscan and Adriatic rivieras, to visit Pisa, Ravenna and Rimini are accessible in two hours.

Lake Trasimeno itself is a popular holiday centre for swimming and sailing. There are several good beaches all round the lake, while a steamer service operates from Castiglione to the islands of Maggiore and Polvese.

SHOPPING...The baker's van delivers to the house three times a week and the grocer's van comes on Wednesday. Otherwise there is a supermarket, a few small village stores and a post office in San Fatucchio (5 minutes away).

Most people do their regular shopping in the large Coop and Maxi Sidi supermarkets in Castiglione, a further 5 minutes by car from San Fatucchio. The biggest is the new Coop in Castiglione (Via Roma). There is also a laundrette in the arcade there. Maxi Sidis is nearer, and there is a mini-market in San Fatucchio. Local wine is very cheap at the Cooperative Cantina Trasimeno 100 yards or so from Maxi Sidis.

MONEY...There are several banks in Castiglione and the cash dispenser outside the bank of Monte di Pasqua just off the square accepts most English and American credit cards.

TELEPHONES...The nearest public telephone is in San Fatucchio (Most use phone cards, obtainable from bars), though the neighbours would oblige in an emergency.

RESTAURANTS...The nearest one is at the bottom of the hill outside San Fatucchio, though it is usually quite empty and we only use it as a pizza takeaway. In Castiglione there are 3 or 4 excellent restaurants, with excellent views over the lake. One on the (Old town) square and 2 or 3 on the Via V. Emanuele. Another is down by the lakeside, next to the jetty where you take the steamer to the islands ("traghetti per isole"), the "Pigra Tinca" (Lake fish and eels their speciality).

Another popular restaurant is "La Barca," especially for the view, high up on the South side of the lake on the way to Perugia. In Perugia itself you will be lost for choice (Leave your car in the car park below the city walls and take the "scala mobile" (escalator) to the old "centro storico").


200 - 300 Sterling Per Week


Paul Durrant

Email: pauldurrant@yahoo.com

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