Castiglione del Lago

21 Jun

Today we drove to the city of Castiglione, which was built on a limestone cliff above Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake on the Italian peninsula. It is what is called an impounded lake as it receives water yet has no outlet. Both the city and lake are in Umbria. We noticed the difference in heat as soon as we arrived, as Cortona is higher in elevation, thus cooler. We also noticed that although this town is on a lake with beaches, the streets were quite empty.

Though not many people, the streets are filled with charcuteries, small stores filled with an amazing assortment of meats, cheeses, grains, pasta and condiments. We tried to buy this boar as a souvenir, but no game. We thought it might be fun taking him through the TSA body screening…hmm… All is a day’s travel.

Note: If planning to use GPS from a car rental agency, at least in Europe, our advice is to forget it. We learned that two other friends had the same negative experiences we’ve had. We’ve gloveboxed ours and driving is getting better…now there’s only two of us fighting about directions instead of three!



2 Responses to “Castiglione del Lago”

  1. Sandy Holswade June 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM #

    Sounds divine – especially the food part! I love the pictures. I feel like I’m right there with you.


  2. loren June 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM #

    Hahaha! Juju, I love these accounts of your travels. I too feel like I’m right there with you. And brava on the pictures, they add so much to the posts! You and Uncle Len should compile your notes into a little travel guide for Cortona! xoxo


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