Sporting Activites

 Lake Trasimeno

Horse Riding

In the near vicinity there are a number of riding stables where you can book a riding lesson or go for a ride in the countryside.


In Umbertide (opposite the COOP) there is a large tennis centre. Here you can hire both indoor and outdoor courts. We have a couple of tennis racquets that you are welcome to borrow.


The immediate area around Casa San Gabriel is ideal for a leisurely one- or two-hour walk in the unspoilt countryside of our valley.August07 019

We can provide maps and details of a number of walks in this area that range in length and difficulty.

Alternatively, we can give you details of local guides who arrange day walks, for example across Mount Subasio or the area around Lake Trasimeno.

Bike riding

Bike riding is a very popular sport in Italy and there are lots of cycle routes in this area. Please ask us and we can arrange to hire bikes for you during your stay and give you some advice as to where to go.


Water Sports

SailingCasa San Gabriel is only 20 minutes drive from Lake Trasimeno, which offers a vast array of activities. Water sports include:

  • Sailing: There is a sailing school, at Passignano sul Trasimeno and Monte del Lago.
  • Windsurfing – 2 schools
  • Kite surfing and wake boarding

Alternatively, you can visit two of the three islands on the lake, Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese. These can be visited by ferry from a number of the towns around the lake and offer the opportunity to visit museums of local crafts and historical buildings. Or you can just enjoy wandering in the national parks, discovering the local flora and fauna.


There are nine public beaches on the islands or around the lake where you can sunbathe or swim in the shallow water of the lake.

For children the best beaches are at Passignano and Tuoro, as there are lots of child facilities including playgrounds, ball pits, trampolines, etc. There are small beaches with shallow water that are perfect for little ones to splash around in.

Acque Dolce Sailing is a wonderful club located close to Monte del Lago where you can hire sail boats, motor boats and canoes. They can also arrange skippered outings.


Canoeing on the Tiber at Citta di Castello

Hire a Candadian canoe at Citta di Castello Canoe club. A great family day out.

Rafting near Norcia

Experience the thrill of a days rafting on the rivers close to Norcia.

Marmore Waterfalls

These spectacular waterfalls are located close to Terni in Southern Umbria. They are 165 metres in height and are the tallest man made waterfalls in the world. The Cascata delle Marmore were created by the Romans when they diverted the Velino river over  cliff into the River Nera.

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The caves are open all year round and a visit can last approx. one hour. The caves consist of an immense cavern and a series of large chambers, tunnels, wells and labyrinths that snake for 13 km.  Stalactites formed over thousands of years have entwined themselves to create stunning reflections on the surface of the water and take on bizarre shapes.

The caves are approx 80 km from Casa San Gabriel. See the website for more information.

Perugina Chocolate Factory and Museum

Chocolate lovers can take a trip to the nearby Perugina chocolate factory, visit the museum and take a guided tour of the factory. The tours lasts approximately 1hr and must be booked in advance.