Passignano sul Trasimeno

Isola Maggiore

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Isola Maggiore is the second largest island on Lake Trasimeno and it is covered by a dense vegetation of olive trees, holm oaks and cypresses. Differently from the Isola Polvese and from the Isola Minore today it is still urbanized. Indeed it hosts a small village on its western shore.
The settlement dates back to the early Middle Ages, whereas a community of Friars Minor settled here starting from the end of the 13th century. They hosted on the island St. Francis throughout an entire Lent.
The small village consists of one completely paved road overlooked by the houses of the 13th and 14th century, including the lovely house of the Captain of the People. At the end of the village there is the Church of St. Salvatore that houses some parts of a polyptych of Sano di Pietro coming from the church of the Franciscan monastery.
The southernmost tip of the island houses the Guglielmi Castle, that currently is unfortunately in a state of abandonment and takes its name after the marquis Giacinto Guglielmi. He built it in neo-gothic forms by reusing the structures of the ancient monastery of Franciscans, of which only the small church of St. Francis is left. Another important building is the Church of St. Michael Archangel with frescoes made between the 13th and the 16th century and a Crucifix that is perhaps attributable to Bartolomeo Caporali.

Bibliography
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