Lake Trasimeno is the largest lake of Central Italy, located among Umbrian and Tuscan hills. Trasimeno is a lake of tectonic origins, and it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Umbria: it has also been declared a protected area since 1996. 

At the centre of the Lake there are 3 islands: Polvese island, Maggiore island and Minore island.

The largest one is the Polvese island: the only way to get there is by boat transfer from San Feliciano pier, then on the island there are many interesting sites to enjoy nature and history.

On the island, there is also a Rocca, a fortress from 1400 which was built for defensive purposes, more than two churches, the Olivetana Church and the frescoed Saint Julian Church .

Finally, visitors can discover more about Polvese island by renting canoes and kayaks or quad excursions to find out many more attractive sites of the island from the lake view. 

Monastery of San Secondo, Polvese island

Maggiore Island is linked to mainland through ferries from piers in Passignano, Castiglione del Lago and Tuoro sul Trasimeno. Maggiore island hides many natural and artistic beauties to discover: Saint Salvator church, some Saint Francis from Assisi locations, Buon Gesù Church more than a lot of naturalistic paths with stunning views. 

To complete the experience on Maggiore island, there are also restaurants and taverns to enjoy typical Umbrian food, charcuterie and cheeses.

Isola maggiore
Maggiore island

The third island is the Minore island: unluckily it is a private property of Baldeschi Earls of Perugia and there is no chance to visit it.

Sport lovers will find at Lake Trasimeno a lot of activities to do: renting a bike and riding it on the cycle lane which surrounds the entire Lake is for sure a funny adventure.

Then many water sports are suggested activities as well as trekkings and walks through hamlets and uncontaminated fields and woods. Have a look here for activities.

What to see on the lake shores of Lake Trasimeno? Charming Medieval hamlets such as Castiglione del Lago, Passignano, Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Magione and many other typical locations.

Find out more ideas for your holiday at Lake Trasimeno in our article 2 days at Lake Trasimeno: what to see