“We had a wonderful week at the very elegant villa owned by Anna. Everything was perfectly described and Anna provided so many useful recommendations particularly some fabulous restaurants which we took full advantage of. The house is large, comfortable and stylish and is great to relax in when not poolside. We did a fair amount of travelling to place such as Siena, Montepulciano and Penicale which were lovely and all the surrounding countryside is beautiful. We also took advantage of the wonderful Nonnas, Anna & Maria, who cooked one night and gave us a cooking lesson plus dinner on our last evening which was memorable. Highly recommended.”
“I cannot thank our wonderful host Anna enough for her generosity of spirit in all the help and care she showed us for our holiday in her beautiful property. Villa Gioianna is gem of a villa with beautifully decorated, generous rooms and set among olive groves with neighboring vineyards. Mario was always available even during the Christmas holidays and was very attentive and responsive. The villa is superbly equipped with everything one might need to entertain and be comfortable. Anna's recycling arrangement is the most sensible I have come across! A highlight was the in villa dinners by a Anna and Maria - delicious food at reasonable rates served in the dining room with a roaring fire - Bliss!! Can't wait to go back and thank you so much Anna!”
“Anna was a wonderful host who provided best ever info on restaurants and things to do in the area. The house is in a great location, central to so many afternoon adventures. When not out exploring surrounding villages we spent lots of time on the terrace watching the grapes grow on the vines covering the hills of the vineyard next door. Thanks Anna.”
“Anna's house was very very beautiful and comfortable. It takes a bit of driving to get there but it was worth the efforts. Our family enjoyed the nature and culture in her Umbrian manor and we miss it so much. Thank you Anna for having us stayed at your place. It's a great memory for our family. ”
“Beautiful property! Had an absolutely fabulous time. Anna was the perfect hostess. Would love to go back sometime!!”
“Anna's home is like the romantic Italian country mansion you have imagined. Everything she promises is true. The huge house is beautifully furnished and styled, its very well kept, all the rooms and bathrooms are as you would hope them to be. The views are stunning,the terraces, the swimming pool,the garden with flowers, herbs, olive grove and rolling pastures is amazing. The location is central, and Umbria is so welcoming, countryside even more lovely and stunning than Toscane, many beautiful towns like Montepulciano and Castigliano del lago, the Trasimeno lake nearby, very good food, fantastically hospitable people, quality in everything, and about an hour from many characteristic Italian cities like Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, etc. Anna is a wonderful host who helps you with all your questions and can make a smashing programm for you if you want to. Thanks Anna for making our dream come true. We celebrated out 25th wedding anniversary here with friends and family and loved every minute of it. ”
“This is truly a beautiful part of Italy with the matching Villa. Anna is an amazing host and her villa is everything you could dream of. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to stay here take it. Just loved every minute of it!”
“We have stayed in this wonderful villa on 4 different occasions, in Spring, summer and Autumn. Anna and the villa are exactly what you would like in a swap and a points exchange. Anna is personable and practical and really makes your stay wonderful. We are a family of 2 adults and 5 children and our stay every time has been more memorable than the previous. This year we returned with friends and our experiences of the local culture and people were wonderful. There is so much to do here. The villa is wonderful, very comfortable and yet offering a feel for a true Italian country experience. We hope to return many more times to Villa Anna! Thank you. Noel, Jackie and tribe!”
“Well Anna was the perfect Guest we had great times together she joined the local sea swimmers called the water lillies and swam nearly every day we also pursuaded her to teach us a bit of Italian cookery using our garden produce, We became good friends and hope she will return and we hope to make a trip to her beautifull villa.”
Where is it?
NEAREST TOWN: The medieval town of Castiglione del Lago is the nearest market town (6 km), sitting high on an olive tree-covered promontory jutting into the west side of the lake. The town's magnificent medieval castle and palace dominate one end of the old town, the 19th century church of Santa Maria Magdalena the other. In between are a number of small shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and bakeries and, on Wednesdays, an outdoor food, crafts, clothing and sundries market. Below the town are public beaches that are a great place to meet locals. The beaches offer paddle and rowboats, a pizzeria, gelato, pick-up volleyball and soccer, tennis courts, cafes and a disco. Or, simply float on your back in the lake, gazing back at the ancient town up above on the hill.
For touring, Castiglione del Lago provides easy access to the superstrada linking Perugia and eastern Umbria to Siena, Chianti and western Tuscany, and is the embarkation point for ferries servicing the lake islands. The new town has all the conveniences and services of a thriving town.
LOCATION: A few kilometers away is Chiusi, whose old town is worth a visit for its Etruscan museum and good restaurants. The new town has excellent transportation links, with high-speed train connections to all destinations on the Naples-Milan high-speed train line, including Rome, Florence and Orvieto, and convenient access to the A-1 Autostrada.
Within an hour's drive of the Villa are many historic Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns such as
Assisi, Arezzo, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montefalco, Orvieto, Pienza, Perugia, Deruta, Spello and Montalcino, as well as other less well-known, but perhaps more charming, smaller villages. Many of central Italy's other leading historical and cultural centers (Rome, Florence, Todi, Siena, Spoleto, Gubbio, Montalcino, and Urbino) can be reached in less than two hours.
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