The Trasimeno Route
A 160 km path in 7 stages around the Trasimeno Lake
The Trasimeno Route is a path of about 160 km that crosses the fascinating villages of the area, also including the islands of the lake.
It’s a walking path to walk accompanied by a unique travelling companion, the lake and its hills, in order to discover the territory, its landscape beauties and inhabitants.
It’s a ring-shaped itinerary. It can be completed through 7 stages in a week. It’s possible to complete two stages in a weekend. The path of the Trasimeno Route is 160 km long. Each stage is on average 22 km long.
Since it is circular, there’s neither a particular point of departure nor an obligatory arrival point, so to offer complete freedom to those wishing to participate, even if for a simple day to live in the beauty of this nature.
Here following is a brief indication of stages with the 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 at the end San Savino.
Length: 24 km
Positive altitude difference: 691 m
Duration: 8 hours
- Second stage
San Savino – Panicale: The stage, winding its way mostly in the wood, offers anyway nice panoramic views and allows a pleasant immersion into medieval atmospheres, especially thanks to the visit to the castles of San Savino, Montali, Mongiovino and to the arrival in 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 oaks’ forest. Then, it goes through white streets immersed in the nature and arrives in Città della Pieve through a relaxing and open itinerary that inevitably reminds of the close 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 crossed the State Road, goes on along white streets and leads to Cantagallina. Villastrada is a little village. It was important for us that the stage ended here, because Villastrada is 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: Even this stage winds its complete way in the open countryside and, through little hamlets, brings us back slowly to the lake. It crosses Gioiella, Vitellino, different fields and narrow streets, for then bringing us to the feet of Castiglione del Lago that falls within 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 goes on along a cycle route that allows to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the natural reserve surrounding the Trasimeno. It passes through the territories where Carthaginians und Romans stepped on during the second Punic war (217 BC) and then reaches Punta Navaccia (Tuoro sul Trasimeno), where you can take a boat to get to the 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 tasted the pleasure of the ferry 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 street, where you can admire from above 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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