The forest of Castel Rigone

Back in 2015 we took this short trip during the bank holiday of 2 June, which is Republic Day (“Festa della Repubblica”) in Italy: we took off for 3 days to Lago Trasimeno in Umbria, and we included Perugia as our first stop. A bank holiday trip has became a tradition ever since, that I look for with great excitement every single year.

I love to travel: my parents taught me that traveling and discovering new cultures is important to have an open mind. Every country we have been living (France or Italy), we had the habit of going out of town at least every Sunday; and when we could, for a 2 or 3 days trip. Usually our Sundays consisted in a reasonable early wake up, car drive to the place we were to visit, a walk and an unmissable delicious lunch of typical dishes – I remember amazing “pici” in Tuscany and Umbria with some great porcini mushrooms or meat-based sauce…

I have always tried to keep this habit; and Italy is such a big country with so much to see that the only matter is time to dedicate it. 2015 was the first year after a few that we got back to this great habit, only this time it was me, my boyfriend and Jam, my awesome Jack Russell! We headed to Umbria, one of the most amazing regions of the “Stivale” (boot – the shape of Italy); where the landscapes, food and people are amazing. We stayed at the great Villa Mina B&B, the hosts were so nice and they had 2 Jack Russells too – highly recommended! We loved staying there, although it was not as close as the lake as I thought it would be: the view from the room was stunning, a wonderful sunset, and the bar on the corner of the square had a super Spritz!

On our first afternoon we took a walk in the nearby forest, and it was really nice, just a bit smaller and shorter track than we expected. The late afternoon colors were so warm and made everything look so cozy and welcoming. We felt almost like at home at Villa Mina: a relaxing countrylife I am sure we would really enjoy… (Photos of the lake, Castiglione del Lago,Passignano sul Trasimenoand more coming soon!)

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