It has been so hot and dry here in Umbria the past few months, so we decided to head to Lago di Trasimeno to try and cool off. We were lucky that day as there was a lovely cool breeze by the water and we spent a leisurely Sunday visiting a couple of towns by the lake and enjoying a delicious meal of seafood.
Lago Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy and is also one of the oldest. It is a lake without any natural outlets, or what my son called “a big puddle.” Although quite large, with the perimeter measuring 53 kilometers, it is very shallow with the deepest point being just 6 meters deep. The shallow water is very rich in nutrients, feeding a varied selection of sea life including L’Anguilla (eels), Il Carassio (Asian carp), Il Gambero Rosso della Luisiana (Louisiana craw fish), Il Latterino (smelt), Il Lucio (pike), Il Persico (perch), IL Persico Trota (trout), Il Pescegatto (catfish), La Tinca (tench or doctor fish), and La Trota Fario (brown trout). There are three islands within the lake including Isola Polvese, the largest island, Isola Maggiore, the only island with year long residents, and Isola Minore, a private island. Fishing on the lake is done with nets, and many of the families on the lake have been fishing for generations.
We started our lake exploration at Passignano sul Trasimeno, as there was an antique market scheduled that day. Unfortunately it was a very small one so we didn’t stay long.
A typical street in Passignano sul Trasimeno.
You can take a ferry to visit the islands within the lake.
Typical store in Passignano sul Trasimeno selling local specialties.
View of the lake fromCastiglione del Lago.
Looking through the gate in Castiglione del Lago at the lake.
Another stone gate surrounding Castiglione del Lago.
Main street in the old town of Castiglione del Lago lined with stores, wine bars, food shops, and restaurants.
Busy Sunday in Castiglione del Lago.
Gorgeous lake views from every direction!
Deborah Mele 2017