Discovering Lake Trasimeno
By foot, by bike, or on horseback: travel down the paths of Umbrian nature and tradition.
Discover and get to know Umbria through its evocative itineraries: if you too are looking for things to do and see in the area of Lake Trasimeno, here is a truly enticing travel suggestion! As well as breath-taking vistas and traditional stories and flavours, you will be able to enjoy all the best of an outdoor holiday: sports enthusiasts, especially trekking and mountain bike lovers, won't be disappointed.
Foodies – those seeking out the best flavours – will also find plenty to satisfy them: this area produces excellent extra-virgin olive oil, not to mention cured meats and cold cuts, black truffle, and forest asparagus. The local recipes are well-renowned, especially when mentioning regina in porchetta river carp, brustico, or ragout strangozzi.
We start our itinerary leaving from Castiglione del Lago, a town owing its foundation to our Etruscan ancestors, as testified by the burial remains uncovered in the area. Very well preserved within Castiglione are the town hall, the ducal palace of the Della Corgna family, and the castle which, enshrined as it is by an impressive wall, constitutes one of the main example of military art in the region.
Città della Pieve, on the other hand, has a rather troubled past, having been contended between medieval lords and the Church state. Worth seeing here is the Duomo, dedicated to Saints Gervasio and Protasio and which still today holds the masterpieces of painter Perugino. Also worth a visit are the Torre del Pubblico and the church of Sant'Agostino. Nowadays this destination is made even more attractive by the Palio dei Terzieri, a historical re-enactment of an ancient contest between the town's neighbourhoods, which features a parade with over 700 costumed characters.
Further exploring the area we come across Magione, a castle first mentioned at the time of the Knights of Malta, and in Paciano, which developed on mount Petrarvella and is definitely worth a visit thanks to its four churches, dedicated respectively to Saint Giuseppe, Saint Borromeo, Saint Maria and to the Madonna della Stella.
We end our itinerary in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, where the epic battle between the armies of Rome and of Carthage, headed by Hannibal, took place. Do not miss, in the same area, Isola Maggiore, which rises near the north bank of the lake and is haven of typical Mediterranean vegetation, as well as artistic monuments.