on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, between the provinces of Siena and
Perugia, near Castiglione del Lago, 5 kilometres from lake Trasimeno. Its
seventeenth-century church, dedicated to Saint Anthony the Abbot, is
testimony to its deep historical roots.
The farmhouse is open all year around for country holidays, week-long breaks
and weekends. It consists of 8 apartments, each with its own separate
kitchen, with swimming pool and tennis court.
The apartments are spread over 3 buildings, all the units are equipped
with cooking area and have a private outdoor area with table and
chairs to eat outdoor. There are different outdoor facilities: 12x6 swimming
pool, tennis court, boules, ping pong and mountain bikes. And different
places where you can stay outdoor under the sun or in the shadow, communal
spaces with table, chairs and barbecue/stone oven. There is a Wi-fi
connection available for free. The town Pozzuolo (resaurants, grocery and
other shops) is only few hundred meters far away.
Ii is an
ideal position for excursions to Siena, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Pienza,
Cortona, Chianciano Terme, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Città della Pieve,
Passignano and Panicale. The country house is at the heart of a very
historically and artistically interesting area dating back to the Etruscans:
museums, churches, historical buildings are home to the works of painters
such as Pietro Perugino and other masters of the renaissance.
The Tuscan jewels of the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia make this area
particularly interesting for lovers of typical Italian food. Highlights are
the prized Chianina meat and Pienza’s "cacio pecorino" cheese. Several of
the most famous wines of Italy are made in the nearby countryside: Vino
Nobile di Montepulciano, Colli del Trasimeno, Chianti dei Colli Senesi and
Brunello di Montalcino.
The local oil presses provide the chance to sample the estate’s
freshly-pressed olive oil.
Just 20 kilometres away Chianciano Terme is home to the hot-spring spas of
the Terme Sensoriali, a place for recharging you batteries, finding your
balance and well-being.
For lovers of the countryside of Tuscany there is a lovely safe 64 kilometre
trail, by the banks of the Chiana canal, along the Sentiero della Bonifica,
only 4 kilometres from our estate, from Chiusi to Arezzo, for walking or
bike excursions, ideal for families.
The nearby outlet in Bettolle is especially good for shopping with hundreds
of the best fashion brands and discounts of up to 70%. Besides being a real
Renaissance jewel, Montepulciano has reinvented itself for movie lovers as
the location for the film ‘New Moon’.
Meanwhile the UNESCO world heritage site of Pienza is also worth a visit for
its wonderful Sant’Anna in Camprena, the former fifteenth-century Olivetan
Benedictine monastery where key scenes from ‘The English Patient’ were
Sports-lovers can go horse-riding, walking, play golf, sail and surf at lake
Trasimeno and partake in other seasonal activities around the farmhouse.
There is also a very lively music scene with Trasimeno Blues, Soul
Christmas, Umbria Jazz and an array of other events. A holiday in Umbria is
not complete without attending its festivals and feasts, organized
throughout the year, allowing the guests of country house Romitorio to come
into contact with inhabitants of the small surrounding settlements, adding
the human touch to a holiday that large cities cannot offer.
There is also
a book exchange corner, where guests can swap books in various languages and
with non-guests also welcome.