La Dogana

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SPORT

At the house 

The crystal clear eco friendly swimming pool has a salt based filter - no eye goggles needed!.  And broad, shallow, non-slip steps for easy entry by toddlers.  The  area is equipped with teak furniture and is shaded by umbrellas and a creeper covered pergola. There is a refrigerator for cool drinks. It is the perfect place for relaxing.

There is a boules pitch (this gives endless enjoyment to young and old, skilled and rookies) and a ping pong room (with also table football and darts).

There are wonderful walks straight from the house (the young love leading 'adventure walks') - picnic 'stuff' and cool box as well as knapsack available.

Loads of books, jigsaw puzzles and indoor games.

Bridge table

For the younger generation there is a swing, climbing frame and treehouse.

A cork board for budding artists to pin their paintings (and studio in which to paint them). 

Nearby

Tennis is in the villageThere is a championship golf course half an hour away and a congenial 9 hole course in the next valley.  Riding on beautiful cross country paths is available at a B+B nearby.  These same paths are brilliant for bicycling - bikes can be hired in Citta di CastelloWater sports can be found at Lake Trasimeno (one hour away).  And canoeing on the Tiber at Citta di Castello.

SHOPPING and EATING

Nearby Lerchi is good for every day shopping. The medieval city of Citta di Castello, a truffle and antiques centre, is reached in 15 minutes.  It has a wide range of shops, banks and supermarkets. Also many restaurants.  A twice weekly market.

CULTURE

Piero della Francesca is arguably the top artist of the area (though Perugino, Pinturicchio, Signorelli and Giotto might disagree). Piero's Madonna del Parto (Pregnant Virgin) is 15 minutes away in Monterchi (others are in Arezzo, Perugia, Sansepolcro and Urbino).

Arezzo (Piero's The Story of the True Cross),Assisi (Giotto ++),Gubbio, Spello (Pinturicchio not to be missed),Perugia (Piero's Altarpiece),Cortona (great Fra Angelico),and Sansepolcro (Piero's Resurrection + Misericordia) are all within a one hour drive.

Nearby Citerna has a ceramic sculpture by Donatello (Madonna + Child). 

Day trips can be made to Florence, Siena (both overcrowded - and hot - in tourist season),Ravenna, Urbino (Piero's Flagellation),Todi, Bevagna, Spoleto, Montefalco and Orvieto. All these places are a delight - even for cultural philistines.  All the towns are quite different one from another.

For modern art lovers there is the world renowned Burri Collection.  Part is in a palazzo in Citta di Castello.  The other, more dramatic, part is in the outskirts in an amazing old tobacco drying factory - it's worth a visit even if you are not an art lover!  Our small grandchildren love it.

There are many concerts and festivals in the summer.

OTHER

Massage at the house by charming and highly recommended Bruno. 

Cooking lessons by experts, Antonio Petruzzi or Daniela Bucchi - cook your own dinner under guidance.

GUIDE BOOKS

(and information re shopping, restaurants, local towns etc.).

There is a mass of books to suit every taste - with focus on Italian art and novels set in an Italian environment (but plenty more).