OUR GUIDE FOR EXPLORING
SUPERMARKET & MORE
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Nearest supermarket: Gala Supermarket | 2km from us
Best fresh vegetables & fruits km0 products: Azienda Agricola Birelli | 4.5 km from us
Best butcher’s store for your barbecue night: Macelleria Cardinali | 8 km from us
Best place for ice cream: Tropical Bar in Passignano | 8km from us
Best place for an aperitivo: Puntabella Bar | 1.3 km from us Reserve in advance they are always full!
CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO
At 25 minutes from us an old town with a bird view over the Trasimeno lake. It worths to visit the ancient town hall Palazzo della Corgna full of ancient affresco. Is one of the few museums which is liked also by children because outside you may visit the walls of the Palace’s fortress were soldiers guards the town.
TRASIMENO LAKE ISLANDS
Maggiore Island is the biggest island still inhabit, with some shops and a small old church to visit. The ferry boat departs from Tuoro beach.
Polvese island is the middle island, not inhabit, with more wild nature and a nice beach. You may do the tickets directly into the ferry.
Tuoro point to take the ferry: https://goo.gl/maps/jSk7EJXSs3CXiGhM6
Ferry boat hours click below:
(you have to look on Tuoro Navaccia – Isola Maggiore)
PASSIGNANO SUL LAGO
Passignano (5 minutes driving far from DOGANA) is one of the most beautiful town on the shores of the Lake. It has 2km of walking in front of the water with bars, restaurants and shops. If you love ice cream don’t miss Gelateria Tropical and if you have children at few meters from the ice cream shop there is a big free playground on the lake shores! The modern town is dominated by an ancient castle and there is a big tower La Rocca where you can enjoy a magnificent view of all the lake.
Perugia (30 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town on the top of a hill and it’s famous in all the world for the chocolate festival Eurochocolate and for the chocolate company Perugina. I suggest to visit the centre passing trough the fortress Rocca Paolina !
A romantic ancient town at 30 minutes by car from us with a stunning view over the valley and full of lovely artisan shops.
We advice to visit first l’Eremo “Le Celle” a Franciscan hermitage located at 5 kilometres from Cortona, a charming and peaceful place between an ancient wood. Then you take back the car and go up at few minutes there is the stunning Margherita church and nearby there is also the Girifalco fortress. Then you may go down to the town walking (although I advice to not do that during summer because then the way back up is tough) or you go back down with the car and visit the town that is absolutely beautiful!
Montepulciano (40 minutes driving far from the house) is a medieval town and it’s famous in all the world for the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. There are many shops and wineries spread in all the town, I suggest to visit the most historical ones: Palazzo Ricci (in the main square of the town, a perfetct place to feel the medieval essence and have a good lunch with wines) and Cantina Ercolani (the winery hides an underground city: don’t miss that!)
MORE TOWNS TO VISIT
Corciano (small but super lovely!), Pienza (my favourite), Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, all located not so far away and reachable with the high way.
Picture of Puntabella Bar
TOP LOCAL PIZZERIA & APERITIVO PLACES
La Tufa restaurant (between Dogana & Cortona, I advice to book one day in advance). It is at 20 minutes from us. Tip: when you book ask for a table at the end of the terrace with view.
Important: the parking of la tufa is a little bit before in a small road that goes up on the right.
Puntabella bar is at 2 minutes by car from us (you can also go by walking from our pool but remember that at night olive grove fields will be dark :)) it has a great view and the place is lovely! I recommend to reserve very in advance!
A bucket list experience!
We will go in Lucia car for a 25 minutes drive into Tuscany near Cortona hills. We will prepare horses and go! The tour is around 1 hour and a half between forest, hills, ancient houses, vineyards and stunning views. It is truly a Bucket-list thing to do! Vasco and I will be your guide and will ride with you the whole trip.
1.5 hour: only for dogana guests special price of €30 per person
3 hours: €100 per person (for experienced riders)
- The tour is for maximum 2 people
- Maximum acceptable weight 80 kg
- It is Vasco’s decision to see if you can gallop or not during the trip
BOOK IN ADVANCE
contact Lucia to reserve it, better to ask an enquiry the first day you are in Dogana because Vasco has lots of reservations.
RENT MOUNTAIN BIKE
You can rent bikes of any kind! The shop is called Cicli Valentini and is 20 minutes from our venue at Castiglion del Lago. You can contact the shop directly or ask us to book the type of mountain bike you would like.
Giancarlo and his family have an amazing passion for biking and have ran this bike shop for generations. More info click here: https://ciclivalentini.it
PRICES: may vary from the type of bike you would like to rent and for how many days you rent it. Normally from €12 up to €20 per day. There is a required fee of €10 to bring the bikes to the venue and back. Payment directly to them, normally they prefer cash.
TO BOOK: they speak only Italians so in case you need assistance ask Lucia.
WINE TASTINGS AT OUR NEIGHBOURS’ WINERY!
At 2 minutes by car or 20 minutes walking from la Dogana the Montemelino Winery offers a wine tasting of all their wines with a food buffet. During the event you will visit also the winery and the estate ancient small church.
€15 per person – Groups after 10 people €10 per person
RESERVATION IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE:
contact Stefania by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDALMA & HER MASSAGE
MASSAGE AT THE VENUE
Fidalma is a Master Reiki – Traditional method. Fidalma graduated with a focus in naturopathy at the Riza Psychosomatic Institute in 2005 and in natural bio energies at University of Arezzo in 2017. Fidalma is also a kinesiology teacher specialising in applied, emotional, and energetic kinesiology.
Holistic massage is essentially the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body – the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation, and rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it.
Price: €55 per person / 50 minutes session
Reiki may be done with gentle pressure or the practitioner’s hands may be a few inches above your body at the hand positions with no actual touching. There are standard hand placements beginning at your head or feet, avoiding all sensitive body parts. Let your practitioner know prior to the session which you prefer, light touch or no touch.
Price: €60 per person / 50 minutes session
Reflexology is a systematic practice in which applying some pressure to any particular points on the feet and hands gives impact on the health of related parts of the body. Each point of the pressure acts as the sensors on the feet and hands and links with different parts of body specifically.
Price: €45 per person / 40 minutes session
Note: People suffering from conditions like athlete’s foot, plantar warts, or osteoporosis should stay away from this massage.
RESERVATION IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE:
contact Fidalma on WhatsApp a +39 327 869 8886