From Perugia to the Trasimeno Lake
Through panoramic routes winding through sweet hills, from Perugia it’s possible to reach easily the biggest lake of the mainland Italy, called Trasimeno on behalf of the prince who fell in love with the nymph Agilla.
Three islands emerge from its waters, namely the Bigger Island (Maggiore), where a small fishing community still lives, the Smaller Island (Minore) that is private and the Polvese Island where one of the European most qualified centres of environmental documentation has been organized.
Comfortable and frequent ferries connect the mainland to the islands. Furthermore, the circumnavigation of the lake offers the opportunity to visit picturesque boroughs, on the plain and perched on hills.
Passignano has a castle contended for its strategic position and it’s still possible to see stretches of its walls, doors and towers.
In Tuoro, a crucial area for the defeat of Romans against Hannibal, an itinerary will allow you to visit to the places of the battle. Its quarries of sandstone gave birth to the Campo del Sole, where Pietro Cascella designed a group of sculptures.
Castiglione del Lago, a feud of the powerful Della Corgna family, placed in a fascinating spot overlooking the lake, is a good example of Renaissance fortified architecture. The palace with the park, the gardens and the castle connected to the residence through a walkway was built on the spur that emerges from the water.
Panicale, a walled village at 431 metres above sea level, overlooks the lake and the Nestor Valley in an absolutely beautiful natural context, so to inspire Perugino, one of the biggest artists of the Italian Renaissance, when he painted his Martyrdom in 1505 in the Church of St. Sebastian.
Other fascinating spots are Paciano, St. Arcangelo and Monte del Lago: it’s recommended to stop in these villages to taste their renowned fresh-water fish.