There are plenty of activities on offer from operators based in Castiglione del Lago, including windsurfing (contact Club Velico at t 075 953 035, w cvcastiglionese.it), canoeing, waterskiing and horseriding (ask at the tourist office for recommended operators). You can rent bikes at Cicli Valentini (Via Firenze 68/B; Mon–Sat 9am–1pm & 4–8pm; w ciclivalentini.it).

The best of the little beaches is at the public lido on the southern side of Castiglione’s promontory, with pedaloes for rent and boat trips, including regular excursions to the strangely rectangular island of Isola Maggiore (30min; €6.80 return), a fun ride if you don’t mind the summer crowds. There’s a pretty walk round the edge of the island, and one good, popular hotel, the three-star Da Sauro, Via Guglielmi 1 (t 075 826 168, w dasauro.it; €70), which also doubles as a fine restaurant.

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