The Trasimeno Route is a path of about 160 km that passes through the beautiful villages of the area, and also visits the islands of the lake.
This trail through the beautiful landscape around the lake and its hills invites visitors to discover the territory, its history and inhabitants.
The ring-shaped itinerary that can be completed through 7 stages in a week. It’s possible to complete two stages in a weekend. The entire route is 160 km long and each stage is on average 22 km long.
There is neither a particular point of departure nor arrival, offering complete flexibility to anyone who wants to enjoy a simple day outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Here are brief indications of the stages, with additional links.
- First Stage
Passignano – San Savino: this stage starts from Passignano sul Trasimeno – one of the most popular and historically interesting villages among those overlooking the lake – and then goes up towards a long, open and panoramic stretch. It crosses olive groves, woods and vineyards, reaching San Savino.
Length: 24 km
Positive altitude difference: 691 m
Duration: 8 hours
- Second stage
San Savino – Panicale: The stage, winding its way mostly through woods, offers nice panoramic views and allows a pleasant immersion into medieval settings, especially with visits to the villages of San Savino, Montali, Mongiovino and on arrival to Panicale – one of the most beautiful Villages of Italy – preserving, among others, an important fresco by Perugino.
Length: 22 km
Positive altitude difference: 672 m
Approximate length: 7.5 hours on foot
- Third stage
Panicale – Città della Pieve: It reaches the village of Paciano by crossing an oak forest. Then, it goes along unpaved roads immersed in nature and arrives at Città della Pieve through a relaxing and open itinerary that inevitably reminds one of nearby Tuscany.
Length: 19.4 km
Positive altitude difference: 676 m
- Fourth stage
Città della Pieve – Villastrada: the walking path is immersed into a wood leading towards the hamlet of San Donato. The walking itinerary, once having crossed the State Road, goes on along unpaved roads and leads to Cantagallina. Villastrada is a little villageand serves as an the example of how even the smallest villages can regain vitality thanks to the walking path.
Length: 18.9 km
Positive altitude difference: 382 m
Approximate length: 5 hr. 40 mins on foot
- Fifth stage
Villastrada – Castiglione del Lago: This stage winds its complete way in the open countryside and, through little hamlets, and brings us back slowly to the lake. It crosses Gioiella, Vitellino, different fields and narrow roads, arriving at the foot of Castiglione del Lago, one of the “most beautiful Italian villages”, too.
Length: 25 km
Positive altitude difference: 471 m
Approximate length: 6 hr. 15 mins on foot
- Sixth stage
Castiglione del Lago – Isola Maggiore: This stage descends towards the lake and follows a cycle route that allows one to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the natural reserve surrounding Lake Trasimeno. It passes through the area where Carthaginians and Romans met during the second Punic war (217 BC) and then reaches Punta Navaccia (Tuoro sul Trasimeno), where you can take a boat to get to Isola Maggiore.
Length: 21.2 km
Positive altitude difference: 29 m
Approximate length: 5 hrs and 30 mins on foot
- Seventh stage
Isola Maggiore – Passignano: After having enjoyed the ferry ride bringing us back to Punta Navaccia, this stage reaches Tuoro sul Trasimeno, then continues towards Sanguineto, a little hamlet and then goes up until the panoramic road, where you can admire the lake in all its beauty. The route then arrives in Gasparini, where you can admire a very beautiful panorama. From here, the walking path starts the slow descent towards Passignano sul Trasimeno, through woods and olive groves.
Length: 29 km
Positive altitude difference: 813 m
Approximate length: 8 hrs and 30 mins on foot
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