Location of Casa Colcello
Where in Italy
Casa Colcello is in Umbria known as the green heart of Italy with Tuscany to the North and West and on to the Mediterranean coast. East of Umbria the Marches region stretches from the Southern Apennines to the beaches of the Adriatic. Perugia the area’s capital should be visited for its wealth of art, exquisite architecture and Etruscan walls and a visit to Assisi only 45 minutes from the house is not to be missed. You are very centrally located within the country.
Where in Umbria
We are situated in the Upper Tiber Valley an ancient mystical land in the northernmost Umbrian territory. The Tiber river runs through the entire length of the valley making it extremely fertile. This area is known for fields full of sunflowers, tobacco, and poppies; olive oil, wine, and truffles; hills and valleys of natural forest. Festivals, folklore, ancient traditions and gastronomy; Renaissance art and architecture. This is an area less touched by tourism than nearby Tuscany. The people are very freindly. Casa Colcello is to the far North West in one of its eight districts called Monte Santa Maria Tiberina very close to the Tuscan border. Our nearest village is very small hamlet with no shops called Marcignano. Our nearest shop is just 5 km away at Gioiello - another small hamlet pop. 200. You are in a perfect location to visit the key attractions, villages and towns ot this beautiful part of Tuscany and Umbria.
Nearest International Airport
Many of the budget airlines fly into several airports in Italy that are convenient for the villa - Easyjet, Ryanair, ba.com, jet2 etc. For visitors from the UK we can recommend www.flycheapo.com to find available routes and operators.
Perugia (45 mins - 56 km) Bologna Forli (120mins - 140km) Bologna City Airport (160mins - 210km) Pisa Airport (130 mins - 207km) Ancona (150 mins - 165 kms) Rome (160 mins - 235 km) Rimini
Nearest Railway Station
Arezzo (45mins - 42 kms) this is a main railway station with access to the European network. ww.trenitalia.it
Nearest Motorway Junction
Our nearest Motorway Junction coming from the north is Citta di Castello North (25 mins) on the E45 which is one of the main North South motorways in Italy. Coming from the South exit the E45 at Promano (20 mins). See www.via michelin.co.uk for good maps and directions in the area.
Local Shopping and Amenities
GIOELLO (5 km) - Nearest shop - Convenient food and wine store with all basic supplies as well as milk, cooked meats, cheeses, bread, pasta, fruit, and veg. Bancomat, a Locals bar, Garage (not petrol), Pharmacy, Dentist, Tennis Courts, play area.
SAN SECONDO (9 km) - Nearest small village - 2 Supermarkets, 2 Bars, Bakery, Butcher, Newsagent, Post office, Bank with bancomat, Hairdressers, Dry Cleaners, Flower shop, Play area
TRESTINA (13km) - Small town - Several supermarkets including a large well stocked EuroSpar, Train station, Banks with bancomat, several bars and shops
CITTA DI CASTELLO (18km) - Nearest main town - is a wonderful medieval centre with winding streets to wander where people have time to stroll and chat - you will find all shops, banks, supermarkets, street markets morning market held on Thursdays and Saturdays, concerts and shows, special festivals, galleries, ice cream shops - gelateria, cafes, restaurants, and thermal spa Terme Fontechio. Have a drink at one of the many pavement cafes, people watch, or just enjoy the evening passegiata.
You can find plenty to explore and do locally - Walking, superb riding stables and a small 9 hole golf course and club (with pool) just 15 minutes away at Prato, 18 hole golf course west of Perugia, cycling - bike hire available and route maps for the local area, and mountain bilking. Thermal spa at Citta di Castello - Terme Fontecchio and a small outdoor water park at Sansepolcro. Watersports at Lake Trasimeno (60 mins) aswell as boat trips to the islands and beaches by the lake. Key attractions of Tuscany and Umbria all within easy reach - Perugia, Assisi, Anghiari, Arezzo, Gubbio, Cortona, Montone, and Sansepolcro all can be visited in 30-60 mins. Florence, Siena, Urbino, San Gimignano, Chianti in 90-120 mins. Rome, Bologna, Pisa, Modena, Ravenna and many others easily within 2-3 hours.
Nearest Hill Towns
MONTE SANTE MARIA TIBERINA - (4 km -10 mins) The village can be found in a beautiful position on a hill which dominates the fertile valley of the Aggia stream a tributary of the Tiber. Oscars Village bar, lovely hilltop restaurant and local shop can be found in the village and another excellent Pizzeria/restaurant (they also do take away) just on the outskirts. At over 600 m you are guaranteed the most incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys. A lovely small traditional village with winding cobbled streets to wander around with the Marquis Bourbon castle at the top, a parish curch (origins 11th cent.) and the Church of Santa Croce (19th cent.) The origins of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina date back to Etruscan times. August 15th sees the roast suckling pig feast and in November they have the Festival of "Silvana".
LIPPIANO (11km - 20 mins) True village atmosphere—castle and good local bar. We enjoy the local market here.
MONTERCHI (14 kms - 25 mins) Winding village streets in the old part. Small village museum with Pierro della Francesca’s recently restored fresco of the Madonna del Parto (the Madonna with child -dating back to 1446)- a Renaissance masterpiece to be found in a small village is just wonderful and in summer they hold intimate outdoor music concerts at the museum. There is a bar and a restaurant and at the top of the old village with a great wine shop and a mouth watering fruit and truffle shop in the newer part of the village.. Meet Marcello in his supermarket (which opens on Sunday mornings is just further down than the Madonna museum). He often greets you with a big smile and a hearty slap on the back, you can shop and then try one of Marcellos very strong espressos - he has a little coffee bar. Morning market on a sunday
CITERNA (15 kms -30 mins) Very picturesque village perched on a hill top, castle ruins, whistling pine trees, and a superb restaurant - The Belvedere - with spectacular views across the Tiber valley.
MONTONE (15 kms - 30 mins) Another picturesque hilltop village with a castle and a quaint village square with a wonderful restaurant which has a small delicatessen with a tempting collection of wines, hams and cheeses. Stunning views and several interesting festivals through the year.
As you explore around the area you will discover a wealth of interesting restaurants from the simple to the sophisticated and they nearly all serve delicious Umbrian dishes, with steaks, pizzas and pasta, truffles, funghi and of course you will find the best ice cream parlours in the world. In Citta di Castello there is one of the areas oldest ice cream parlours located at a Petrol station on Viale Veneto - thats open all night for ice cream!!
Nearby Events and Places to Visit
Go to - Tour - to see our listing of interesting events and places to visit around Casa Colecello at different times of the year - further information www.italiantourism.com