Lake Trasimeno is immersed in a lovely environment, surrounded by green rolling hills.
Passignano sul Trasimeno is an ancient medieval village, defended by a castle that can be reached thorough a fascinating maze of narrow streets and alleyways, and with a lakeside promenade with a scenic view and a garden. From the pier a ferryboat leaves regularly to Isola Maggiore, the second largest and only inhabited island on the Trasimeno. A path in the wild will take the visitor around the tiny island, with stops at medieval churches and at an old crumbling castle. The fishermen’s village still gains popularity from the traditional handmade Irish embroideries.
Castiglione del Lago. From a spur protruding onto the lake, Castiglione dominates the western shore through a fortified fortress. The imposing castle built by German emperor Frederick II can be visited with access from the Palazzo Della Corgna, once the 16th century dwelling of local lords (admittance). The town central area is a great opportunity to shop for typical local products like cheese and truffles.
Panicale. Situated high on a hill, this town provides the best outlook for a scenic view of the entire lake. On the very top the medieval civic Palace is one of the oldest memories of Panicale. Just outside the city walls the church of San Sebastiano holds an unexpected treasure: the splendid early 16th century fresco depicting the Martyrdom of the Saint, by Pietro Perugino (admittance).
Città della Pieve. Once inhabited by the Etruscan people, and later the site of an important early medieval church, it is a land famous as the birthplace of Pietro Vannucci, the Renaissance painter better known as “Il Perugino” (although this is a nickname given by the Florentines).