Niccone Valley

Many of our rental villas in the beautiful Niccone Valley on the Tuscany Umbria border, Italy. It's a great place to have a holiday, there is a combination of stunning landscapes, ruined castles, vineyards and olive groves. The Niccone Valley Lake Trasimeno is to the south and canRead more

Aerial Photos of The Rocca di Pierle

Rocca di Pierle seen from above
The Rocca di Pierle lies at the western end of the Niccone Valley. It is just in Tuscany and controlled the pass that lead towards Cortona and the Val di Chiana. In danger of collapsing, the remaining tower has been supported by a scaffold surround which doesn't addRead more

Restaurants In The Niccone Valley

The lasagna at Trattoria Mimmi
The stunning Niccone Valley is the location of many of our holiday villas, it is right on the Tuscany Umbria border in central Italy. When we moved here in 1999 there were only a few places to eat but, over the years, several new places have openedRead more

Preggio Castagna Festa 2013

Roasting chestnuts at the Preggio Festa di Castagna
It's now the winter in the Niccone Valley and at this time of year you often come across stalls selling roasted chestnuts in Italian town centers.  October is the start of the chestnut season and in that month many of the local villages hold festivals dedicated toRead more

Sant’Anna Ridge Walk

Autumnal colours in the Nestore Valley
A couple of days ago I walked along the ridge on the north side of the Niccone Valley past the chapel of Sant'Anna. The Niccone Valley seen from the ridge near Sant'Anna Sant'Anna is the highest point along this part of the ridge and, because of theRead more

Niccone Valley Castles

Reschio Castle in the Niccone ValleyReschio Castle in the Niccone ValleyReschio Castle in the Niccone Valley
The numerous castles in the Niccone Valley on the Tuscany Umbria border are testament to the violent nature of the Italian peninsular in the middle ages. Italy has only been a single country since 1860; this was the first time that the Italian peninsular was unified sinceRead more