Lake Trasimeno

Friday, 8 December 2017

Where is Lake Trasimeno?
Lake Trasimeno is situated in the province of Perugia in Umbria, Italy.
It is only slightly smaller than Lake Como.

Where did you stay?
We stayed in a place called San Feliciano. Unfortunately, the house that we stayed in has been sold but it was a villa just outside the village looking over the lake. So beautiful.

What is there to do?
After seeing 'Under the Tuscan Sun' I was desperate to visit Cortona, a town that was nearby. It is beautiful and after the quiet of being by the Lake it was great to spend an evening in the town.

Within the lake, there were three islands. We visited Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese.

Visiting Isola Maggiore was like stepping into another world. In the 11th century, St. Francis of Assisi lived on the island and as you follow the dusty paths and stone steps around the island, you get the feel that the landscape hasn't changed for years. You can walk around the whole island, past olive trees that are hundreds of years old and through the town where women sell handmade lace.

The main thing that I remember about Isola Polvese was that it was incredibly peaceful. We spent an afternoon walking down cypress lined paths and reading our books. We visited in August, the height of summer, and yet it felt like we were miles away from other people.

We also visited Panicale. It is a municipality that overlooks Lake Trasimeno. It's the perfect place for a drink on a summers evening. When we visited, we were sitting in the square and a marching band started to play. Completely random but wonderful!

One of my favourite things about the holiday? The Tuscan sunsets. Absolutely beautiful.

Lake Trasimeno is perhaps not a place to visit if you're looking for excitement and being busy. However, if you fancy a week, lazing in the sun, eating wonderful food, then this is the place to be.

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