Friday, June 3, 2011

Shopping in Castiglione del Lago: La Botteghina

During one of my peregrinations around the lake, i.e. the Trasimeno Lake, I discovered a very small and pleasant little shop selling old weapons. Of course these are just reproductions of old weapons such as crossbows, axes, gun powder guns, many kinds of swords, old gun powder rifles, daggers, knives, and the very medieval sledgehammer.

It is a very fun small little shop to be in, and the owner is a very nice person. His name is Andrea and he is very enthusiastic of his little shop. He is the only one selling this kind of things in the area. He doesn't only sell reproductions of old weapons, but also miniatures of sailing boats, and other little paraphernalia that might make a very nice memory and a gift for those home.
There are some fantasy little dolls arranged to make a nice fantasy setting, while on the walls you could see heart-shaped, or other shapes, messages with fabrics, buttons and nice decorations with messages in Italian on about love, friendship, good luck, and other sayings or quotes. These are especially nice to decorate the walls of your house and therefore a nice gift from your travel to Umbria.

The shop is in Castiglione del Lago, in Umbria in Via Vittorio Emanuele 54 and is open and from 9:30 AM until 1 PM and from 3:30 PM until 8 PM. During wintertime you would find it close on Thursday afternoon, while in summertime it is always open. If you're around the lake and near the nice town of Castiglione, I really suggest you visit this little shop for your gifts to bring back home.