Museum of Lake Trasimeno Fishing

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Tourist information and welcome office
Piazza Gramsci 1 - 06061 Castiglione del Lago
The Fishing Museum is located along the main street of San Feliciano village that shows up on the shore of Trasimeno Lake.

The Museum's halls illustrate the origin and evolution of Trasimeno which originated about one million and seven hundred thousand years ago when, as a result of tectonic movements, it was created a depression in the ground where the waters gathered around. Over the centuries the line of the bank suffered significant changes. In the fifteenth century Braccio of Montone thus made an artificial emissary to avoid further changes. In the twentieth century a second emissary was made by the overexploitation of which derives the significant lowering of the lake level occurred in recent years.

The route is divided into four large rooms (dawn, noon, afternoon, evening) dedicated to the fishing techniques from prehistory to the present period; very interesting are the terracotta net weights for gill nets and trawling (from the Bronze Age and the Etruscan-Roman period) or the stone lures of prehistoric times, also; including watercolors, worth mentioning is that one of Elio Pasquali representing the fishing technique called "gorro" performed with a large trawl and the other one which reproduces the processing of marsh plants. These one were used to build networks, baskets and ropes for fishing, until a few decades ago, as well as for certain types of crafts such as the stuffing of the chairs and the covering of demijohns and flasks.
The development of the lake fishing followed the events of the spread of Christianity. From this time new fishing techniques were in fact experienced with fixed installations to meet the higher demand for fish that came from the city of Perugia, in particular during the period of Lent.
Following the visit it can be seen the showing of instruments used for fishing, a multimedia room in the shape of boat and two large aquariums that document the fish fauna that today populates the lake.