Castiglion 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.

Palazzo Website:


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:

Ferry boat hours click below:

(you have to look on Tuoro Navaccia – Isola Maggiore)

Ferry Boats Hours

Passignano sul Lago

It is a town at 15 minutes from us on the lake shores. It is super small to visit but it is lovely! You can visit in the ancient part of the town La Rocca which was the town fortress, then go back down take a delicious ice cream (I recommend this place: Gelateria Tropical) and if you have children at few meters from the ice cream there is a big free playground on the shores.

La Rocca:

Ice-cream Shop:



The capital city of Umbria, located in a high hilltop is one of the main Italian Etruscan cities. With the high way you will be there in 30 minutes and is full of parkings that then bring you to the center.

In the city there are many ancient churches and place to visit!


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!

San Francesco Celle:

Margherita Church:

Restaurant La Grotta:

More locations to visit:

Corciano (small but super lovely!), Montepulciano, Pienza, Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, all located not so far away and reachable with the high way.


Our restaurant 🙂

La Tufa restaurant (between Dogana & Cortona, I advice to book one day in advance):

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 !


Mountain bike & Horseride

Rent a mountain bike for you or your family

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:

Prices: Prices 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.

Horse ride: 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: 1 guest: €50 / 2 guests €40 per guest / 3 guests €30 per guest

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

Contact Lucia to reserve it, better to ask an enquiry the first day you are in Dogana because Vasco has lots of reservations.


Wine tastings in our neighbours’ stunning 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. 

Cost: €15 per person – Groups after 10 people €10 per person

Reservation is required very in advance:

contact Stefania by email at

Montemelino website:


Fidalma and her massage: magical!

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.

Massage Types:

Holistic Massage

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 Treatment

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

Foot Reflexology

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.