The Park and the Islands

Oasi Naturalistica La Valle- San Savino - Magione

The Oasis is the very heart of nature conservation at Trasimeno. Its shallow water and extensive reeds make it the ideal resting and nesting grounds for tens of thousands of migrating birds every year. There are two nature trails and 4 observatories, an ancient stream, 30 binoculars for visitors, a bird ringing station that is in function every Saturday morning, and a guest house with kitchen and 12 beds. For opening times and available services (nature walks, guided yours) please consult the website.

Parco del lago Trasimeno

The largest of the Region of Umbria’s six regional parks, Trasimeno is also one of Europe’s most important wetlands areas thanks to the many botanical species, fauna and fish of great value that inhabit in and around it. The utter peace and quiet here and the pristine nature make it a wonderful place to come and discover. 

Aeroporto Eleuteri - Castiglione del Lago

Built and in use until the last century, the 100 hectare military airport named after the Umbrian aviator Leopoldo Eleuteri is now a pristine green area along the shoreline of Lake Trasimeno where many hiking and cycling trails begin. Still a permanent ENAC certified airfield, the area is home to the LIPU Regional Center, the Association for the Recovery of Traditional Inland Boats and hosts events such as Spring Meeting - Gathering of ultralight aircraft and Coloriamo i Cieli – the international kite festival.

Isola Maggiore

Under the jurisdiction of Tuoro sul Trasimeno, this is the lake’s only inhabited island. Even today it looks and feels like a 15th century fishing village. In 1211 St. Francis came to spend Lent here, and there is still a chapel that commemorates his landing after a hairraising crossing during a violent storm and the exact place where he touched land and kneeled in grateful prayer. One of the island’s great craftsmanship traditions is Irish-point lace-making, still done today by the women on their doorstops. The key landmarks to visit are the Lace Museum, the church of S. Michele Arcangelo, the Casa del Capitano and the church of S. Salvatore

Isola Minore

Not much is known about the smallest of the islands. Called isoletta in the early 1900s, today it is under the jurisdiction of Passignano sul Trasimeno, privately owned and uninhabited.

Isola Polvese

This Island falls under the jurisdiction of Castiglione del Lago and is the largest of the three islands. The historical landmarks well worth visiting are the church of San Secondo, the Olivetano Monastery, the church of San Giuliano and a 16th century castle.

Also of great interest is the Piscina del Porcinai (an aquatic plant pond) built in the late 1950s by landscape architect Pietro Porcinai. The island is a prime example of environmentally sustainable management, so much so that it organises educational scientific events focused on research, training and environmental education. Many cultural and tourism-environmentalist activities are held here throughout the year. The Island boasts comfortable accommodations for visitors.