Events and Places to Visit
Just a taste of some of the major events at different times of the year and places to visit around Casa Colecello - further information www.italiantourism.com -as you travel round you will find many other places of interest in smaller villages and local markets. Places selling local arts and crafts, wine and food delicacies - and then you can return back to the peace and tranquility of Casa Colcello where you can relax and enjoy your adventures and experiences in privacy and comfort.
There are also many other local festivals, music concerts and happenings - you will find full details of those in the guest book at the villa on your arrival.
West 42 kms - 45 mins - third Sunday in June and the first Sunday in September - Medieval jousting competition in full medieval costume in the spectacular historic square of Arezzo. Joust of the Saracen.
Arezzo - First Sunday of every month and the preceeding Saturday - renowned antiques fair.
Arezzo - July - Arezzo Wave - one of the best festivals of ro ck and blues music in Europe. Important showcase for emerging artists.www.arezzowave.com
Arezzo - The Oscar winning film Life is Beautiful by Roberto Bengni about wartime Italy was set and filmed here the streets have information boards about the film locations.
Arezzo - Catch the train from here for easy access to Florence or Rome.
South East 71 km - 60 mins - Easter week - Caendimaggio (celebration of Holy Week) - celebration of spring according to rites dating back to medieval times.
North west 115 km - 1 hour 40 mins driving otherwise to Arezzo and catch the fast train 35mins) - Easter Sunday - Scoppio Del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) A pyramid of fireworks in the Cathedral Square is set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass.
Florence - May and June - www.Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.com - music festival
Florence - June 24 to June 28 - Calcio Fiorentino (Soccer Match) - revival of the 16th century football match in medieval costumes.
Florence - June 24 - fireworks display from the terraced gardens overlooking the city.
Florence - sights - see seperate guide.
Florence - many Trade Fairs including the world famous Bi-annual Antiques Fair (held in even years).
North East 52km - 60 mins - May 15 - Festa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles) - a procession in local costume in which tall shrines are carried to the church on the top of Mount Ingino.
Gubbio - Last Sunday in May - Palio dei Balestrieri (The Palio of the Archers) Medieval crossbow competition between Gubbio and Sansepolcro with medieval costumes and arms.
Castiglione del Lago - north west 56km 1hr 10mins - Isola Maggiore - venetian street and churches
North east 23km - 30mins - July Umbria Film festival www.montone.it.
Montone - August - Palio della Santa Spina Medieval festival and procession
Montone - First Sunday in November - the trade fair of truffles and woodland produce www.agroweb.it
South west 131 km - 1 hr 45 mins from Villa Colcello - The town is set on top of a plug of stupa volcanic rock with cliffs which seem to surround the town. The Duomo has the finest Gothic façade in Italy with slender gables, soaring buttresses and pinnacles, enriched with coloured marble, mosaics and sumptuous sculpture. Also see St Patricks Well. It is 203 ft deep and was dug to ensure pure cool water was available during any siege.
South 57 km - 50 mins - July and end of December through to January - Umbria Jazz - European Jazz festival. All the big names of jazz, blues and other fusion genres (Keith Jarrett, BB King, Enrico Rava) major shows, jam sessions, street music, "round midnight events and daily seminares taught by professional musicians. Long summer version or 4 day edition in winter. www.umbriajazz.com
Perugia - end of October - Eurochocolate - a world of choclate for chocolate fanatics -www.eurochocolate.com
Perugia - morning market Saturdays. Antique market last Sunday of each Month
Perugia - principal sights - Piazza 4 Novembre; Fotana Maggiore; Palazzo dei Priori; Duomo; Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria. Great selection of designer shops of all sorts and a huge selection of restaunts. Perugia has a cosmopolitan feel as it is home to one of Italys best Universitys which attracts international students.
West 216 km - 2hr 25mins- Torre Pendente (The Leaning Tower); Battistero; Duomo façade and pulpit; Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
West 159 km - 2hrs - Palaces and unique Tower Houses built for security by Noble Families. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else.
This is not an easy journey because it is cross country - north east 81 km - 1hr 20mins
One of the smallest states in the world- only 23 square miles. Founded in the 4 th cent. San Marino issue their own stamps and coins. Attractive setting on a sandstone ridge with 3 rocky peaks which are each crowned with a tower linked by a walkway. Spectacular views of the Apennines Mountains, the city of Rimini and the Adriatic Sea.16 km south west SAN LEO a rock fortress atop 2000ft limestone outcrop. Panoramic views. Famous in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
North 30 km - 30 mins - Last Sunday in May - Palio dei Balestrieri ( The Palio of the Archers) - Medieval crossbow competition between Gubbio and Sansepolcro. Participants wear colourful costumes.
Sansepolcro - sights - Museo Civico with works by Piero della Francesca.
South west 102 km - 1hr 35 mins - July 2nd and August 16th - Palio - Procession and horse race. Participants are members of ancient city districts (Contrada), competing for the banner (Palio) a frenzied bare back horse race fiercely contested with much pride and ceremony. It is held in the Piazza del Campo. Colourful Medieval pageantry. Visitors and locals alike can pre-purchase tickets in stands, balconies, windows for view points over the circuit or attend free if standing within the centre of the square. It is also worth noting that if you visit in the days before the contest you are likely to be able to watch the horses and men practising for the contest.
Siena - June - August - Estate Musicale Chigiana - Music Festival www.chigiana.it
Siena - principal sights - a fascinating medieval city with wonderful buildings, art treasures, and great shopping. See also the Palazzo Pubblico; Duomo; Museo dell’Opera del Duomo; Pinacoteca Galery with fabulous collection of Sienese paintings: the elegant Via di Citta a street bustling with city life and well dressed strollers all busy talking (talking is an artform in its own right for Italians). A must buy in Siena is some PANFORTE--a unique Sienese cake enriched with almonds, honey and candied fruit And in the autumn season you can at least have a good look in the Delicatessen shops at the weird looking misshapen truffles and other wild mushrooms.
South east 109 km - 1hr 20 mins -Duomo; Ponte delle Torri. The Festival dei DUE MONDI is a dance, music and drama Festival held late June into early July.
South 135km - 1hr 35mins - Marmore Cascade spectacular artificial waterfalls down sheer marble (mamore) walls--made by the Romans.
East 88km - 1hr 45 mins - Palazzo Ducale; Galleria Nazionale delle Marche; birthplace of the painter Raphael.
Florence - Mini Guide
Renaissance capital of the world - north west – 75 miles from Casa Colcello
Try and visit Florence for at least one full day. We prefer to travel to Arezzo by car and then catch the fast train straight in to the centre (35 mins) only a few minutes walk from the Duomo - the centre of Florence is compact - from the Duomo you can walk to any of the principle sights without needing to take a taxi or find a bus. Carry as little as possible except your camera/video and a good guide book and wear your most comfortable walking shoes. Driving and parking anywhere near the centre of Florence is difficult and expensive - so let the train take you there - you can prebook tickets on the trenitalia website.
Almost the whole centre of Florence is a vibrant art treasure with spectacular piazzas, buildings, churches and galleries at every turning. Shopping is equally spectacular for almost any luxury item you could think of. Enjoy the fun of the colourful street markets.
Some say Italian cooking was born in Florence. Various dishes are so much a part of Florence culture that they are cooked in the special Florentine way- and the menu says ‘a la fiorentina’. So it’s a feast of Italian and International Cuisine at its very best in a bewildering choice of restaurants to suit all budgets.
Here are some of the principle sights. But for certain you will pass many others as you walk around this fascinating city centre.
The Duomo; The Battistero (the east door is so beautiful that it is said to be the Gate to Paradise);Piazza della Signoria and the Loggia with amazing sculptures; Plazzo Vecchio; the Ponte Vecchio; Galleria degli Uffizi; Museo Bargello; Galleria d’Accademia with the massive and fantastic Michelangelo masterpieces of David and the Four Slaves hewn out of white Carrara marble ; Palazzo Medici-Ricardi;; Palazzo Pitti; Convento and Museo di San Marco with stunning works by Fra Angelico and on the upper floor the unforgettable small individual frescoes decorating each monks cell -- each a masterpiece just to aid one mans devotion and prayers; Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is a fine square with grand statues, a lovely Church and the Ospedale. The principal Churches of Firenze are remarkable for their architecture, frescoes, paintings and religious sculptures.and metal work. These churches include San Lorenzo; Santa Maria Novella ; Santa Croce; Santa Spiritu; Santa Maria del Carmine.
Shopping in Tuscany and Umbria is very special. From the enormous choice that you find in the cities of Florence, Siena, Perugia and Arezzo to the local markets selling local wines, olive oil and every sort of craft item. Visit the Vineyards and Enotecas and enjoy some wine tasting. Italians have a unique creative ability. They are great crafts people. Visit artists in their own studios, sometimes to be found in small wayside studios in country areas.
Antique furniture - All sorts of furniture and paintings. Superbly carved and gilded picture frames are works of art in their own right.
Ceramics and Terracotta - in all shapes and sizes from contemporary to historic renaissance designs. Working with clay is a gift. Artists respond to the heritage and inspiration of the classical master potters.
Children’s toys - Italians adore children . The best Pinocchio dolls and puppets are so good that they look alive as if they could speak to you.
Clothing - Italians love to dress well and the shops provide everything for you to do the same.
Contemporary artwork - artists in Tuscany and Umbria catch the spirit of local life and the colourful landscapes. They use their media creatively in paintings, drawings, etchings, collage, sculpture, or photography. Artists flourish in the local light and seem to be inspired by the centuries of brilliant artistic achievement.
Glassware and fine crystal for outstanding vases, tableware and lighting.
Hand made luxury writing paper - In beautiful boxes with old fashioned nib pens and inks. Paper with a hint of a marble effect is a unique speciality
Leatherwear - feel and smell the leather, Its so soft – however it is used. Shoes, wallets, shoes, handbags, shoes, belts, and shoes.
Silk prints - The best delicate hand painted designs are not easy to find but can be stunning.
Sunglasses - infinite choice!!!
Golf Course Guide
There are several very good clubs which you may like to consider. Carts and Club hire often available.
Some Golf Clubs in Italy close one day a week - often Monday - so phone to enquire and reserve your tee time. Green fees for these top quality courses offer excellent value. Mileage is approximate.
Golf Club Perugia
Tel 39 0755 172204 - approx 45 miles from Casa Colcello
Location is only 6 km west of Perugia at SANTA SABINA just off the E45 motorway
18 holes; 5735m; Par 72 plus 3 short par 3 holes. Gentle undulating parkland with trees.
Excellent practice facilities, with covered and open bays, pitching green, putting green.
Golf cart and club hire.
New swimming pool complex with hydro-massage and a separate pool for children.
Elegant rustic clubhouse with smart restaurant serving typical Umbrian dishes for lunch and dinner Wed to Sat
Firenze Ugolino Golf Club
Tel 0555 205 1009 Fax 0555 230 1141 - approx 75 miles from Casa Colcello
Location 10 km south of Firenze near Grassina route S222
Address Strada Chiantigiana 3, 50015 Grassina , Florence
18 holes; 56742m; par 72. Spectacular setting in the heart of typical Chianti hillside country.
The birthplace of Italian golf, founded in 1898 and on its present site since 1933.
A club rich in tradition. Host to many national events.
Exceptional clubhouse –its so special it’s a national monument. Bar and restaurant.
Other facilities include Driving range, Golf cart rental and golf club rental available.
There is also a swimming pool and tennis court,
Le Pavoniere Golf Club
Tel 0574 620855 Fax 0574 624556 - approx 95 miles from Casa Colcello
Location 20 km west of Florence Airport. Just west on the outskirts of Prato.
Address Via Della Fattoria 6, 50047 Prato
18 holes; 6148m; par 72 also 6 holes short course.
This is an Arnold Palmer masterpiece. Fabulous condition. Water and sand on many holes
Pro-shop, practice ground , bar and restaurant
Poggio Dei Medici Golf Club
Tel 055 843 0436 Fax 055 843 0439 approx 100 miles from Casa Colcello
Location 30km north of the centre of Florence. At Scarperia-northwest of Borgo San Lorenzo
Address Via San Gavino 27; 50038 Scarperia (Florence)
18 holes; 6397m; par 73. Rural Tuscan setting-great views.
16 th cent Clubhouse. Opened 1995. Built USGA spec.
Superb test of golf. Hosted Ladies PGA event every year 1999 to 2003.
Luxury facilities associated with the Sonesta managed Golf Resort Hotel on the site. Pool and Spa.
Open 7 days all year . Golf cart and club hire available. Full range of practice facilities.
Castelfalfi Golf and Country Club
Tel 0571 698093 Fax 0571 698098 - approx 105 miles
Location 20 km north west of San Gimignano in the Tenuta ( village hamlet) of Castelfalfi.
Part of the massive 3000 acre Castefalfi estate.
Address 50050 Montaione (Florence)
18 holes; 5869m; par 73. some spectacular holes. Practice facilities.
Golf carts for hire but must check about clubs.
The course is part of the extensive luxury leisure facilities on site which include 3 swimming pools. The Estate produces its own wine and olive oil.
Other Courses Might be of Interest
There is an interesting modest 9 hole course at Panicarola on the south edge of Lake Trasimino Tel 0758 37582. This is only about 15 miles west of Perugia so its about 55 miles from Villa Colcello
There are two courses a little further away which have good facilities:
- Cosmopolitan G&CC at Tirrenia about 15 km southwest of Pisa Tel 050 33633 18holes par 72
- Montecatini GC at Monsummano Therme 5km southeast Montecatini Tel 0572 62218 18 holes par 72
There are also golf courses which are quite adistance from Villa Col;cellon including courses near Bologna, Faenza, Rimini and Milano Marittima (south of Ravenna) and Punt Ala.