Some Ideas

Some ideas

It is simply impossible to cover all the various things that Umbria and our immediate region has to offer. Over the last ten years we have found that everyone arrives with different expectations and ideas of what they would like to do while staying with us. If any advice is required, we are always on hand to help.

The internet is a great source of information and we would recommend as a good starting point.

Below we have put together a few ideas and some information.

Our Favorite Things

For some ideas here are a few things that we like to do.

*Walking through the woods looking for porcupine needles, the local wildlife is always changing; we saw our first polecat eating figs on the barn terrace (2018).

* Playing croquet with friends on the main lawn but it wouldn’t come up to the ‘All English Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club’ standards.

*Visiting local village sagras (festivals). These occur throughout the year and each village has a speciality. The duration depends on how big the village is and can range from 3 days to two weeks. They involve eating and dancing.

*Taking a guided tour of the underground excavations below the cathedral in Perugia, a great way to escape the heat of the summer.

Local Amenities

Spina is 3km away and has a mini supermarket, chemist, bar, Post Office, Bank, dry cleaners and a butcher. The castle is nearing the end of a complete restoration and the locals are looking forward to returning to their homes.

There is a larger supermarket (Supersconti) in Pila, which is 12km away and on the main road to Perugia.

For weekly shopping we head for Tavernelle 17km, Marsciano 9km or Sant’ Andrea delle Fratte 15km which is near to Perugia.

On Monday mornings there are markets in Marsciano and Taverrnelle.

Local Vineyards

There are two vineyards a short drive from us and both are unique in their own way. We highly recommend them.

Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio ( ) 4.5km

Cantina La Spina ( ) 3.5km

We should also mention Sasso dei Lupi ( ) 14km Marsciano. This is a cooperative, used by a lot of the locals.

There are numerous other vineyards in our immediate region that can be explored.

The Montefalco area, which is an hour’s drive away, offers a number of other well-known vineyards.

Eating Out

This is one of the true joys of living in Umbria.

We have a list of restaurants but the 3 below are frequented by Italians, which is normally the best recommendation in itself, which we particularly like and range in price.

Da Faliero ( ) 18km, it’s a bit like a self-service restaurant. They are famous for their ‘torta al testo’. If you are game for an adventure and want to watch the sun go down over the lake, this is the place.

La Luna Nel Pozzo (  13.5km, a great menu and friendly staff, the interior is not so inspiring but there are tables outside in the summer months. Booking is recommended on public holidays.

Divin Peccato ( ) 14km, this is the most refined of the three. It has a smaller menu but with great dishes.

Parties & Events

This is an area we are being asked more and more about.

In the past we have organised a number of parties for special occasions, where we have brought in caterers and had live bands. The property lends itself well to these occasions but it does require the clients to book Monticchio as a single unit as we would not want other guests to be disturbed or to feel excluded. Also there would be extra charges for making all the arrangements etc.

Please contact us directly to discuss your ideas.