To say Hotel (Albergo) Aganoor is a hidden Umbrian gem -- is an understatement. Nestled on the Western high shore of Lake Trasimeno, in the township of Castiglione Del Lago, this place offers not only a welcome to the passing-through businessmen or tourists, but also serves as the ‘base-camp’ for people who plan to experience and explore the best sites of Umbria, Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche. But, as an embodiment of the saying -- people make the place -- the hotel staff is a little but an attentive crew. Catering to your accommodation and/or culinary wishes, they are a well-tuned organic engine composed of very courteous and professional individuals who are as accommodating as your own family. This is just that – the place itself, service, location, plus adjacent restaurant called La Cantina – the whole package is just perfect! Also, Aganoor hotel is perfectly located at the intersection of national and regional Italian motorways, within easy reach to any provinces in the Central Italy.
After such an introduction you would think we are just another overseas vacationers or infatuated travelers who fell in love with beautiful Italian country sites, sea, and lake views. Yes, Italy is beautiful, but one needs to understand how to enhance their learning and traveling experience with accommodations that truly provide good nourishment, ‘down-time’ rest, and peace at the end of a long day of discoveries. In reality, we’ve traveled this country tirelessly, from very North to very South for the last 14 years, staying in historic mansions and modern hotels. Needless to say, we saw many places where one lays a hat for a night or a week.
We’ve stayed for a week in Aganoor in February 2014. It was an epiphany for us! One of the best!! The place is right in the historic center of the town Castiglione Del Lago, perched high on the hillside overlooking Lake Trasimeno and a short ride from the train station (10 Euro set fee by taxi. We took our train from Rome). Rooms with the lake view are highly recommended; however, if you can’t get one, short walk (left or right) from the hotel will reveal the same views, including the hill of Montepulciano (minus balcony railing). Our 3-rd floor room was clean, comfortable, real fireplace, with enough wardrobe storage. It was ornamented tastefully with some medieval motives. Breakfast was served in the La Cantina restaurant (first floor); same location where our dinners took place. The service, ambience of an old wine-making facility (hence ‘la cantina’), menu, and always-smiling staff – the whole atmosphere made us want to come for breakfast and dinner all of our days, although we had a choice to visit other dining locales in the town of Castiglione Del Lago. Short and picturesque walks from the medieval center down to the lake side, and through olive groves, were our favorite pastimes when we were not busy discovering places in Umbria, and neighboring Lazio and Tuscany. The only one regret we had is that we could not enjoy other restaurants that are managed by Aganoor/Aurora committee -- Pigra Tinca and Polvese Island. These are seasonally opened, i.e. February is not the time to dine outdoors, al fresco ;-). We envy ones who will stay in Aganoor in the Spring/Summer months!
All in all, we were happy with Aganoor services and prices per room + meals. Highly recommend to anybody who wants to taste authentic Umbrian food and wines in Aganoor’s La Cantina without pompous big-chain hotels’ rituals and obligatory charges. Aganoor’s atmosphere is the one to remember and to come back to relieve. That said, we say -- accolades of excellence to the staff -- Sara & Susanna (Hotel Management), Daniela (always smiling restaurant chef), Giacomo (multi-talented host and restaurant manager), and Monica (restaurant assistant). When you see them, please say hello from Giulia and Misha!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully located in the medieval center of Castiglione del Lago the hotel provides 9 rooms furnished with antiques. Housed in a splendid '700 aristocratic palazzo, the Aganoor Hotel is distinctive for his quaint and cozy charme and offers a quiet and relaxing stay to the visitors who will enjoy from its terrace one of the best views on the Trasimeno Lake. His favourable position between Tuscany and Umbria makes it a beloved spot for day-trips lovers who choose it as base to enjoy the haunting atmosphere of the lake and the the magic and mystic of the marvellous ancient towns and villages of which the region around is rich. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Aganoor Castiglione Del Lago, Italy - Province Of Perugia