Information about the Lake Trasimeno area

Information about the Lake Trasimeno area - trasimeno mapThe Trasimeno Area page contains information about the towns:
Castiglione del Lago (in a pdf file), Corciano, Magione, Passignano, Tuoro sul Trasimeno and Panicale

Go back to the general page for sightseeing in Umbria.

Visit our Villa in Umbria blog for more information about things to do in the Lake Trasimeno area. Some examples:

Sagra in Umbria
Palio delle Barche
- Oasi La Valle 

CORCIANO

Corciano in Umbria

Corciano is a medieval town situated at 408 metres above sea level on a hill covered with olive groves. It still retains the layout of the original castle enclosed by 5th-century walls with towers.

What to see

The central Piazza Coragino with a 16th-century well, the parish church of S.Maria, which holds a painting of the Assumption by Perugino (1513), the Church of S.Cristoforo, with a small museum of sacred art, the Museum of the Farmhouse, the Town Hall, previously the 16th-century residence of the Della Corgna family, with a collection of archaeological finds, and the Church of S.Francesco. Nearby: the former monastery of S. Agostino, the castle of Pieve del Vescovo, restored according to a design by Galeazzo Alessi, and the Etruscan necropolis of Strozzacapponi.

What to taste

Torta al testo (a kind of focaccia), torta di Pasqua al formaggio (a savoury cheese pie), bruschetta with olive oil, crostini with chicken livers.

Events

Primavera dell'Artigianato, Spring Festival, April-May.
Agosto Corcianese, Corciano Festival held in August.
Antichi Sapori, Food and wine festival, December-January.


MAGIONE

Magione castle

From Perugia by car, in fifteen minutes (12 km on the Bettole-Perugia ring road) you reach Magione, a town dominated by the majestic Castle of the Knights of Malta and known for its production of embossed beaten copper.

What to see

Castle of the Knights of Malta (1150- 1170) with church dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista and the Torre dei Lombardi. Parish church commis-sioned by the Knights of Malta in the 16th century. Church of Madonna delle Grazie built in 1209. Museo della Pesca, with an interesting historical anthropological exhibition on Lake Trasimeno. Nearby is the autodrome of Magione, a venue for important auto racing events.

What to taste

Carpa Regina in porchetta (stuffed carp) and stewed eel with fresh tomatoes. DOP olive oil and Colli del Trasimeno DOC wine.

Events

Olive Oil Festival, from late November to early December, offering high quality food and wine tasting, with visits to the oil pressing facilities in the towns along the lake, which is renowned for its olive oil.
"Congiura al Castello", the first ten days of August, a theatrical piece performed inside the Castle of the Knights of Malta.


PASSIGNANO SUL TRASIMENO

Passignano sul Trasimeno

Passignano is an important crossroads since ancient times, its name comes from the Latin Passinianum, or place of the pass.

What to see

Torre di Ponente, 14th c., an important vestige of the medieval walls that encircled the town.
Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Oliveto (late 1500s).
Parish church of S. Cristoforo (10th-11th c.), with fine frescoes of the saints (ex voto).
In the vicinity of Passignano, at Castel Rigone, the Temple of Santa Maria (late 1400s), one of the masterpieces of the Umbrian Renaissance, is worth a visit.

What to taste

Royal perch fillets, latterini fritti, baked tench with wild fennel, and other lake fish specialties. Not to miss: the typical fagiolino del Trasimeno, a prized small bean that once risked extinction due to its long and difficult cultivation, still today done manually. Today, the fagiolina has been recognised as a Slow Food "Presidio".

Events

Palio delle Barche, in July, in commemoration of the lost battle of the Perugian civil war. The contest has three stages: rowing, from the lake to the bank; on land, where contestants carry the boat, running through the historic district along the steep streets and stairways; and the last stage, with the boat again in the water.


TUORO SUL TRASIMENO

Tuoro sul Trasimeno

From Passignano, after about 10 km along the Bettole-Perugia road, you reach Tuoro sul Trasimeno. An ancient Etruscan town, subsequently occupied by the Romans, it made history as the site of the decisive battle between the armies of Caius Flaminius and Hannibal. From Tuoro you can take a boat to Isola Maggiore, one of Lake Trasimeno's three islands.

What to see

Palazzo Capra, built during the Renaissance over the tomb of the Roman commander Caius Flaminius. Not to miss in the vicinity: Campo del Sole, at Punta Navaccia. An architectural complex of 27 column-sculptures made by famous contemporary artists of various nationalities using the Pietra Serena that is extracted in the local quarries. Church of S. Lucia at Vernazzano Alto, with S.Michele Arcangelo e S.Lucia by the local painter Anton Maria Garbi. Isola Maggiore, the only one of the three Trasimeno islands that is still inhabited, preserving the 15th-century fishing village. In 1213, St. Francis of Assisi went to Isola Maggiore for a Lenten retreat. A chapel commemorates the saint's visit and the place where he stopped to pray.

Tuoro sul Trasimeno castle

What to taste

In addition to the excellent lake fish dishes and DOC wines, it is mandatory to taste torciglione, a serpentine sweet made with ground almonds, sugar, and egg.

Events

Ferragosto Torregiano, mid August. Yearly village feast commemorating the Battle of Trasimeno in 217 B.C., in memory of the first defeat suffered by the Romans at the hands of the Carthaginian army.


CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO

At the south side of the lake is Castiglione del Lago, a fortified town build on a peninsula. You can see a pdf file with information about Castiglione del Lago here.

What to see

The Palazzo della Corgna in Castiglione del Lago is worth a visit to learn more about the duke della Corgna, a famous military man in the 16th century. He and hos family reigned over Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve and Corciano. He was honored and hated like many men of his importance. He won many battles and found his death after the battle for Lepanto when he conquered Malta. On his way back he fell ill with high fevers and did not survive. Next to the Palazzo della Corgna are the remains of the fortress that was built here in the 13th century in defense of the city of Perugia. The palace and the fortress can be visited.

What to taste

Also in Castiglione the specialties of the lake have to be tried. The Duca della Corgna is a famous wine from Castiglione. It can be bought just outside of the town on your way to Chiusi in Tuscany.

Events

Festa del Tulipano every year mid April, flower decorations and parade with tulips celebrating the start of spring.
Coloriamo i Cieli kite festival every year end of April - beginning of May. 


PANICALE

Panicale

The small town of Panicale is situated amidst the gently rolling hills that descend to Lake Trasimeno to the south side of the lake.

What to see

Church of S. Sebastiano (14th-15th c.), with two frescoes by Perugino: Martirio di S. Sebastiano and La Madonna in Gloria. The fountain built in 1473, the old town cistern. Church of S. Michele Arcangelo (10th-11th c.), which houses in the apse L'Annunciazione, a fresco attributed to Tommasino Fini, known as Masolino (1383-1447). Teatro Cesare Caporali, one of the smallest theatres in Umbria, built between the 17th and 18th centuries and renovated by the architect Caproni in 1858. Tulle Museum (housed in the former Church of S. Agostino, 14th-16th c.). Remains of frescoes attributed to the school of Perugino provide the backdrop for the numerous embroidered pieces, typical examples of local handicraft.

What to taste

Olive oil, honey, sweets made with chest-nut, and DOC wines (red and white).

Events

Grape Festival, in September, with a rich parade of decorated floats.
Castagnata, in November, with tastings of woodland products and local sweets.