I SPY TRASIMENO is a booklet I’ve compiled for families with small children visiting the area around Lake Trasimeno. It includes, Castiglione del Lago, Corciano, Passignano, SAN Feliciano, Isola Maggiore, Isola Polvese, Monte del Lago and SAN Savino.
It contains photographs of places and objects for children to find when visiting these different places and features my ‘Jumbles’ toys. The booklets are available from Tourist Information Offices and from Jumble House.
I’m tired! I’m hot! I’m bored! I want an ice cream!
Sightseeing for children especially on hot summer days can be hard. If it’s hard on the kids then it’s also hard on the parents and it’s tempting just to spend the time on the beach or pleasure park.
But what if you want to sightsee? We tried lots of ways to keep our girls motivated even hiding coins in trees to encourage them to take a few more steps! But the most successful and the easiest solution was the old favourite ‘I Spy’ game.
Like most people we researched places before visiting so had a pretty good idea of what to see. Then a few pics from tourist magazines and we had a pocket of photos to use for ‘I Spy’.
Then, add a bit of competition, ‘I wonder who will spot this first,’ and suddenly a couple of tired, hot kids spring into action!
I put together objects and places around Lake Trasimeno that have interested our own children and made them into this little book which is available around Trasimeno and from Jumble House in Castel Rigone.
If you can’t find one then email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Its also available on my channel together with travel videos of the area for adults and children to watch.
The booklet takes children on a Treasure Trail around San Feliciano,Castel Rigone, Castiglione, Passignano, Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese.
It contains photographs of places and objects for them to ‘spot’ and focuses on improving their observational skills and making visits really fun.
I’ve used my toys, the ‘JUMBLES’ in the various locations and it is quite possible you will spot some of them on your way round!
Passignano with Georgie Jumble
Yesterday Georgie spent the morning in Passignano, a town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno.
A couple of years ago it was voted ‘The best place to live in Italy’ because it has everything you need for a convenient easy life in a beautiful location. Great transport links, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, a beach, wonderful walks, ferries to Isola Maggiore, etc etc. Yet it is a quiet, ‘real living’ town. Uncommercialised and unspoilt by tourism.
It is the nearest town to Castel Rigone. A short (ten minutes), but breathtakingly beautiful drive down the hillside.
Yesterday Georgie spent the morning there and then returned to watch the sunset.
Take a look at the video above to see what she did.
Georgie really wanted to visit Assisi.
It's very near to Castel Rigone and her cousins were always visiting and sending her lots of photos. They said it was one of the most beautiful and magical places in Umbria.
Georgie enjoyed the drive to Assisi very much. The roads were very quiet and weaved in and out between fields and olive groves. At first the town was just a speck of white on the hillside and then, as they drew nearer Georgie couid see the pale pinky white stone houses and the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis.
It was beautiful! Magical!
They stopped first at the base of the hill to visit he magnificent church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Georgie had never seen such a huge church!
She had to walk right to the back of the car park to take a photograph and nearly fell over looking up. It was so high !
The church was beautiful. Georgie really liked the rose garden and the tiny church inside the main church which looked like a dolls house but her favourite was the statue of Saint Francis holding a dove. She got quite a fright when the dove blinked at her. It was real!
On leaving Santa Maria degli Angeli they drove up the hill to the main town of Assisi and walked past the Church of Santa Chiara.
'I'm sure I've seen this somewhere before, ' said Georgie.
'Yes, you have,' said her cousins. 'It's painted on one of the walls of our house!
It's not very often you meet an angel but Georgie met one in Assisi! .
Next they visited the Basilica of Saint Francis which is actually two churches one on top of the other. Both are magnificent but the huge vaulted ceilings of the lower church left Georgie speechless. Every centimetre was covered with paintings.
The views from the top were amazing and Georgie had a great time in the gardens.
It was getting too late to go into the museum and walk along the walls of the Rocca but Georgie really hoped they could return and do this on another day. It looked like fun.
The day had been wonderful but one day in Assisi is just not enough! There are so many more things to. So many more places to visit.
For more information visit: http://www.loveumbria.co.uk
Georgie Jumble is on holiday in Umbria, Italy.
She is staying with her Italian cousins and her Nonna
(which is Italian for 'Gran') in a charming hill top, medieval
village called Castel Rigone above Lake Trasimeno.
It is Georgie's first morning in 'Jumble House'.
She sits up and rubs her eyes.
The bedroom is bathed in a golden light and there,
peeping round the door are …………
……….. all of her cousins !
'Ciao !' 'Buon giorno !' they squeak excitedly.
'We have been waiting for you to wake up !' says Bianca
'Si! ' says Rosa, 'We want to show you our village!'
Georgie jumps out of bed and runs to the window .
The sun is rising behind the hills.
'It's so beautiful,' exclaims Georgie.
For breakfast Georgie has a cornetto and cappuccino.
The cornetto is like a
croissant filled with a creamy custard.
Then it's time to explore the village.
Just down the road is a huge church.
Madonna dei Miracoli
Georgie turns the latch on the door and they quietly walk
Georgie feels very small.
The church is so big and the ceiling so high!
Even the paintings are bigger than her!
Her cousins tell her that this is a very special church. It is a sanctuary because a
miracle happened here many years ago.
'What's a miracle?' asked Georgie.
'We will tell you the story later,' says Fabio
Then they explore more of the village.
For more information and slideshows on Castel Rigone and Umbria visit:
Take a look at this video on YouTube:
Georgie is going on holiday.
She is going to Italy.
Georgie has never been to Italy before and it is also her first time in an aeroplane.
The flight is very early in the morning and so they stay in a Hotel near to the airport the night before.
In the morning they drive to Stansted Airport.
Georgie likes the airport
Here are lots of shops and bars and restaurants.
George has a go in the Toblerone aeroplane and wins a prize.
Soon the engines start.
The plane starts to move and they taxi slowly along the runway.
A sign above Georgie's head lights up and the stewardess makes sure she has fastened her safety belt.
Georgie doesn't like the safety belt very much but she knows she must wear it when the sign is lit.
Soon they are flying high in the sky. Georgie looks down and can see something white and fluffy. It looks like cotton wool.
Do you know what it is ?
Georgie enjoys looking out of the window. There is so much to see.
They fly over some mountains. They are the Italian Alps. Can you see them in the picture?
What do you think the white bits are?
It seems no time at all before they are about to start their descent into Perugia airport.
The ground is coming nearer and nearer but Georgie wonders why everything looks very small.
Can you think why? All those pictures of Georgie might give you a clue.
Then there is a little bump as the wheels touch the runway and the plane has landed. They are told to keep their safety belts on until the plane has stopped and the sign goes off.
Then it her turn to leave the plane and climb down the steps. She says Thankyou to the kind steward and stewardess. It has been a lovely trip. She wants to do it all over again!
But now it's time to collect her luggage and go into the bar for something to eat.
Then they drive through the beautiful Umbrian countryside and up a winding mountain road to a pretty medieval village. The houses, the trees and the fields all look very strange to Georgie. Everything is so different from England.
Georgie follows her directions and reaches a house which she thinks must be 'Jumble House' but everywhere is very quiet and there is no one to ask.
It's a funny house. There is no footpath and no garden and, where is the door? There must be a door!
Can this be where the Italian Jumbles live?
Keep following the blog to discover more about Georgie's trip to Italy.