Castiglione del Lago
Castiglione del Lago Travel Blog› entry 8 of 27 › view all entries
Leaving there, we drove to Castiglione del Lago, a fortified town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno and only 8 kilometers from the villa and walked around for a bit, buying some additional food and wine and generally enjoying the town. Castiglione del Lago is both small and charming. It's built in a promontory on the lake. While some of the town is outside the walls, the most interesting is, of course, inside the walls built centuries ago for protection against invaders. There are several gates into the city, each of them interesting. The streets are cobbled and vehicles very limited. There are lots of shops and restaurants and there was a lot of activity with people outside of many of the shops giving samples of whatever they were selling. We took the opportunity to bolster the wine collection. There is a very impressive fortress and we'd planned on visiting it but it was terribly hot so I suggested we just go back the house and chill out.
Since we had not had time for mass earlier, we had it on the porch and then just loafed. I did some swimming and reading by the pool. Earl took a nap and the girls just hung out, then prepared dinner. With Helen as head chef, we had spaghetti and meatballs along with salad and a lot of wine.