Sport and Leisure


This region offers some fantastic walking. Until recently it has been hard to find information on walking routes. This problem has been solved with the publication of a waking book by Martin Daykin. The book, Circular Walks on the Tuscany Umbria Border is now available as an ebook for the Kindle or other reading devices with a Kindle app.

Orchids and a spectacular view on the Migianella walk

Orchids and a spectacular view on the Migianella walk

The book also includes city walks around Perugia and Cortona and two different walks that start with a stroll through Gubbio. Martin is also happy to take people out walking if you prefer a guide, please contact us for details.


We are pleased to recommend the Centro Ippico in San Pietro a Monte for horse riding. The centre is near to most of our properties and English is spoken by the owner’s daughter, Francesca. With a day or two’s notice, it’s possible to arrange excursions in the local countryside, even for inexperienced riders.

The riding school at san Pietro a Monte on the Tuscany Umbria border

Riding On The Tuscany Umbria Border


There are four golf courses within easy reach of our villas on the Tuscany Umbria border:

  • Antognolla – 18 holes, close to Umbertide.
  • Perugia – 18 holes, on the outskirts of Perugia.
  • Caldese – 9 holes, close to Città di Castello.
  • Lamborghini – 9 holes, near Panicarola, just to the south of Lake Trasimeno.


There are tennis courts open to the public in Umbertide, Niccone (free), Lisciano Niccone, Mercatale and Cortona.


Bikes and motorscooters can be hired in Tuoro. For serious cyclists, the professional cycling shop, Cicli Valentini, just outside Castiglione del Lago, is probably a better bet. A number of campsites and shops around Lake Trasimeno, (including the Lido (beach) at Tuoro and Cicli Valentini), participate in a bike hire scheme where bikes can be picked up and dropped off at any other point. This makes it possible (with a bit of planning) to cycle half way around the Lake and catch a ferry back.

Cycling around Lake Trasimeno

Cycling around Lake Trasimeno

Scooter Hire

Scooters can be hired from Umbria in Vespa near the eastern shore of Lake Trasimeno, I’venot tried this but their bright yellow vespas are a common sight in the summer.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Available on Lake Trasimeno at the beach below Tuoro.

Whitewater Rafting

Rafting in Umbria is available near Norcia in Southern Umbria on a tributary of the Nera River (suitable for families) and at the Cascata di Marmore near Terni (over 18 only).

Rafting near the Cascata dei Marmore, Umbria