An agritourism on Lake Trasimeno, made up of two age-old, completely renovated farm houses for a holiday centred on nature and sports. We’re just a four-minute drive from Tuoro sul Trasimeno, three minutes from the lake beach and seven minutes from Passignano sul Trasimeno, an oasis of peace and quiet. Our agritourism gives you the opportunity to discover Italy’s fourth largest lake and its history and to take advantage of our proximity to southern Tuscany (Arezzo, Chiusi, Siena and Cortona).
Lake Trasimeno is a tectonic lake at the edge of the Val di Chiana. Located in the province of Perugia, the lake covers a surface area of 128 km2 and has an average depth of 4 metres (with a maximum of 6 metres). The area has protected status, under the name of Oasi La Valle.
For some time, it has been given the ‘orange flag’ rating by Touring Club Italiano, which acknowledges the top-rate services of the small towns on the lake and in its hinterland.
As can be seen from the artefacts preserved at the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria, the area has been inhabited since prehistory. It has been the perfect habitat for wild ducks, mallards, cormorants, herons, seagulls, kingfishers and kites.
It takes about an hour to drive around the entire perimeter of Lake Trasimeno. The trip will offer you an endless number of surprising things to see, towns to visit and experiences to savour. Our agritourism represents a perfect base from which to reach all the main points of the lake’s coast, beginning with Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Passignano and Castiglione del Lago.
The first thing to do, whether it’s just the two of you or the whole family, is a tour of the islands, which offers both a romantic experience and an exciting outing for the children. Three islands peek out from under the water: Isola Polvese (which hosts a scientific and educational park), Isola maggiore and Isola minore, which is private.
Isola Maggiore is the second largest of the three islands (with 24 hectares and 18 inhabitants). It’s an old fishing village dating back to mediaeval times. Here you can visit several monuments connected with St Francis of Assisi, such as the church that bears his name. The Romanesque parish church of San Salvatore (12th century) makes for an exhilarating visit, with its façade containing the coat of arms of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. And don’t miss the Casa del Capitano del Popolo.
The coasts of Trasimeno host four of Italy’s most beautiful small towns: Passignano sul Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago, Paciano and Panicale. A good reason to visit them, especially the first two, is that they’re famous for the magical views that they always have in store for tourists. While Passignano is characterised by a fortress dating to the 15th century and by the Santuario della Madonna dell’oliveta (1500), Castiglione del Lago boasts the Palazzo Ducale (whose rooms were painted by Pomarancio), the mediaeval fortress, the Castello del Leone, and the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena.
There are several main itineraries for exploring Lake Trasimeno on foot, including one that begins at Tuoro sul Trasimeno (just minutes from our agritourism) and which evokes the battle between the forces of Carthage, led by Hannibal, and the Roman legions under the command of Consul Gaius Flaminius. Another wonderful walk winds along the Campo del Sole, a true open-air museum consisting of 27 stone columns standing on a field on the edge of the lake.
Bike lovers will certainly appreciate the bike path that follows the entire coast of the lake: 71 km with an altitude difference of 440 metres and innumerable breath-taking vistas of the surrounding areas.
Visitors will also want to experience Trasimeno’s beaches for special moments of contemplation and relaxation, or something more strenuous: it’s possible to rent a canoe or pedalo to have fun just the way you want!
Among the various beaches along the lake, we recommend these:
Lido Comunale Tuoro, with several restaurants, playgrounds, toilets and cafés.
Spiaggia Caloni, offering beach umbrellas, beach chairs and loungers, hot-water showers, toilets, restaurants, cafés, a field, a playground for children, free wi-fi and free parking.
Lido Arezzo, beach equipped with beach chairs and loungers and beach umbrellas, a recreational area for children, a café, sandwich shop, ice-cream parlour, toilets, beach volley, canoes and pedalos.
Fishing has always stood out among the economic activities on the lake and the islands, which is why the local cuisine centres on fresh seafood. The Carpa del Trasimeno, has in fact always been a staple since ancient times, when it was also used as a form of payment of taxes. Other fish that are traditionally fished and served include eel, European perch (rare but delicious), northern pike and sand smelt, which is usually fried. The most traditional recipe is tegamaccio, a sort of bouillabaisse made with local fish and cooked with a tomato base in a large pot.
Something else you’ll want to try is the Fagiolina del Trasimeno, a typical legume which has been recognised by the Slow Food Consortium. It looks like a small bean and is soft and buttery to the palate – quite tasty!
And don’t forget to try the torte al testo, the flatbread famous throughout Umbria, to be sampled on weekends together with the locals in rustic and lively eateries, such as ‘da Faliero’. Order your food, take your number and wait as you look at the lake. And get ready for an excellent meal in a truly revitalising atmosphere. To finish off the meal, try some torciglione, our typical sweet!
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