Things To Do With Kids In Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Canoeing on the River Tiber
Activities For Children, Tuscany & Umbria Children's activities in Tuscany and Umbria  (and some in Emilia Romagna, Le Marche and Lazio), many within easy driving of our rental villas, some a little further. Horse riding There are several places to go horse riding on the Tuscany UmbriaRead more

Lake Trasimeno Bike Ride

Cycling around Lake Trasimeno
In May 2012 I cycled the 60 kilometre route around Lake Trasimeno on a beautiful spring day. We set off from Tuoro along unpaved roads and tracks marked with green arrows as the “PCT” or Percorso Ciclabile Trasimeno (Trasimeno Cycling Route) and a smattering of red MTB signs asRead more

Orvieto, Umbria, Italy

The Duomo in Orvieto, Umbria
The town of Orvieto in southern Umbria is perched high on top of the plug of an ancient volcano. The volcano has long since disappeared but the plug, comprising a soft porous rock known as tufa remains. The Etruscans recognised the site as a highly defensible positionRead more

Olive Harvest On The Tuscany Umbria Border, Italy

Gathering the olives in the net
Every autumn in late October and early November we harvest the olives at Casa del Lupo and Casa degli Ulivi (ulivi is local dialect for olive, so Casa degli Ulivi means House of the Olives). We've slowly been pruning the trees back into shape, which is aRead more

Images Of Cortona

The town of Cortona in Tuscany
Cortona is one of Tuscany's finest hill towns, below is a gallery of photos taken on a walk around the town. The town hall in Cortona, Tuscany The beautiful town of Cortona is close to many of our rental villas, farmhouses and apartments on the Tuscany Umbria border,Read more

Luca Signorelli’s Frescoes In San Crescentino, Morra, Umbria

I've been to visit the frescoes in Morra by Cortonese (from Cortona) Renaissance artist Luca Signorelli a couple of times. Morra is  tucked away in the remoter parts of the Tuscany Umbria border. its 15 minutes' drive to the nearest small town (Trestina) and the first time IRead more

Villa Views & Pools, Tuscany Umbria Border, Italy

Here are some of the swimming pools and views from Gorgacce Rentals' villas that are available for holiday lettings on the Tuscany Umbria border. As you can see, this part of Italy is a beautiful place to stay. The infinity pool at Villa Padrone Contact Gorgacce rentalsRead more

Lake Trasimeno Image Gallery

Winter sunset on Lake Trasimeno, Umbria
These astounding photos of Lake Trasimeno were taking by a visitor, Patrick Partington, who stayed with us last winter and kindly gave me permission to use his images. Winter sunset on Lake Trasimeno, Umbria Lake Trasimeno is Italy's fourth largest Lake and is a backdrop to muchRead more