Holidays at Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, at the border to Tuscany, Italy
Agriturismo Villa La Rogaia
Lago Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy. Umbrians call it Il Mare Umbro (the Umbrian sea). It lies nestled in the rolling hills of Umbria, with quaint towns guarding it from the lake front or the surrounding hill tops. Trasimeno Lake invites you for swimming, water sports, walking in natural reserves or trips to one of its islands. Gourmet food lovers seek it out for the eel, carp, perch, trout and pike which make up the local stew, the tegamaccio.
Trips on the lake
Catch a ferry to one of the lake’s islands and visit Isola Maggiore to watch the fishermen mending their nets and women knitting lace. Visit the old romantic castle and the small church on top of the island where you may enjoy a fantastic panoramic view. Or go to Isola Polvese, a natural reserve with the ruin of an old monastery. At Oasi della Valle at San Feliciano you can watch rare local and migrant birds.
Around the lake there are many interesting little towns for shopping, museums and restaurants. Before dinner have an aperitivo in one of the lake front caffes at Passignano sul Trasimeno or Castiglione del Lago watching the change of guard when the swallows return to their nests and the bats begin to draw their circles in the air. In the surrounding hills you can visit our village Castel Rigone as well as Cortona, Citta della Pieve, Paciano, Panicale and Magione.
Lake Trasimeno is a pleasant spot for Perugians and visitors to cool off in its clean waters. The lake is very shallow and gets warm and turbid in summer. Water quality is being regularly monitored by the authorities. Around the lake you will find nicely kept beaches with playgrounds for children.
Surfing, Sailing and Canoeing
You can charter a sailing boat at Passignano sailing club which also offers a sailing school. At most of the beaches around the lake you can rent surf boards, canoes and kayaks.
We have only included some of our personal tips and recommendations which we do not claim to be complete. If you would like to know more about Lake Trasimeno please check our link pages or travel guides.
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