Italy, What Have You Done For Me Lakely?
Written by Jaillan Yehia
Stick a pin in a map where you imagine the very centre of Italy to be and you’ll probably hit Lago Trasimeno – the oldest lake in Italy. Overshadowed by well-publicised show-stoppers like Lake Como nudging the Swiss border up in the North, the fourth-largest lake in the country boasts an all together more laid-back vibe, and you’re more likely to see a fisherman at work mending his nets than find paparazzi seeking out A-list residents.
Sitting pretty between Umbria’s capital, Perugia and neighbouring Tuscany’s famed Siena, the Lake Trasimeno area is popular in season with Italian holiday-makers (and the Italians tend to be absolute sticklers for seasonal habits) as it offers a perfect environment in which to enjoy water sports, walking, biking, or just to kick back and sample some local cuisine.
The rest of the year you may well have the largest of the lake’s three islands (and the only inhabited one) to yourself: the picturesque Isola Maggiore is a sleepy haven, where the highlight of the social calendar is the torchlit Good Friday procession through the unchanged 15th century streets. The place takes a pretty good photo too.
For more information about Lago Trasimeno and Isola Maggiore you can visit the Lake Trasimeno tourist website.
Also check out the English language site for Lago Trasimeno.
Boat timetables to reach Isola Maggiore from one of three locations around the lake (Tuoro Navaccia, Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Castiglione Del Lago) can be found on the Umbria Mobilita website.
Savoir There was a guest of the Umbrian Tourist Board
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