The "Parco del Lago Trasimeno" is the largest of the six Regional Parks in Umbria. It is one of the most important drastically countries in Europe, due to the particular flora and fauna. There overwinter and hatch a few tens of thousands of wetland birds.
The protected area includes the lake and its shores. The park is 13,200 hectares. large and the lake has a circumference of 60 km.
Wetland is lowland that is permanently or temporarily saturated / by rising water. It is an area on the border between rural and wetland area. Wetland thus exhibits a characteristic vegetation, very high biodiversity, adapt to these changing circumstances. The area is usually at the first place as a storage place for excess water. In flood they take excess water and give it to drought that water and keep it as natural balance.
Because of the many types of habitats close to each other has a wetland a wide range of life, which of course attracts many birds and other predators.
The Lake Trasimeno is a major tourist attraction. Yet it is not a place for mass tourism. The banks, where thousands of waterfowl nest and live, are not crammed with large hotel complexes, but you can still find olive groves and small farmhouses. The absolute tranquility and beautiful scenery makes it worthwhile to further explore it.
Isola Polvese is the largest of the three islands and belongs to the municipality of Castiglione del Lago. There you can see a few historical monuments such as the Chiesa di San Secondo, the Monastero Olivetano, the Chiesa di San Giuliano, a recently restored XIV century castle. The pond of Porcinai (a garden of waterplants) is very interesting, it is designed by the landscape architect Pietro Porcinai in the fifties.
On the island is an educational science park, where research is conducted, a center for environmental education and space for conferences.
The island is a popular destination for nature lovers. There is an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. From the island you can see the most beautiful and romantic sunset.
This island belongs to the municipality of Tuoro sul Trasimeno and is the only island that is inhabited. In ancient times the island was an important fishing center. The village still looks like a fishing village in 1500. Once there lived 600 people on the island. Today there are only a small number of people permanently and most people earn money from tourism.
It is a paradise island with holm oak, figs and olive trees. The sights are two Romanesque churches, two flour mills from the Middle Ages, an olive mill and even two museums.
In the Casa del Capitano del Popolo you can learn all about the history of the island, there is to see what religious art.
In the Museo del Merletto find his products side. Early 20th century on the island a lace school opened and the fishermen's wives, made beside the nets now beautiful bobbin lace doilies, gloves and other upscale products for noble families in the big cities.
The smallest of the three islands. It is uninhabited and privately owned.
Passignano sul Trasimeno
The Trasimeno Navigation Service ensures regular connections between the mainland and the islands.
Boats to Isola Maggiore leave from Tuoro and Passignano, to the Isola Polvese from San Feliciano.
Departure of the boats and frequency vary by season.
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Naturalistica Oasi La Valle
The Oasi "La Valle" just outside the village of San Savino the most interesting side of Lake Trasimeno; the shallow waters and extensive reed beds make it an important place for birds to stop, it is also a breeding ground for thousands of birds along their annual migration routes.
Birdwatchers are able observe many birds, such as cormorants, blue heron, kingfisher and wigeon. From the Oasi you can make an excursion with a whisper.
The nature center is open year round for visitors: from 9-13 hours and 15-18 hours (October to May) and 16-20 hours (June-September).
You can take a tour, or even set off with an audio guide in English.
There is an observatory, which is reached by a wooden walkway of 500 m. over the water.
Sports & Activities
There are 16 marked trails around the lake, which are turned by the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano). During the season, guided walking tours are also organized by the local tourist offices, often combined with a visit to a winery, olive mill or another local producer. There are also routes for cyclists and mountain bikers. You can take a trip around the lake bicycles; part is that a bike path, the rest is still on ordinary roads.
Of course the lake is suitable for many water sports. Along the lake there are companies where you can rent a pedal boat, canoe or sailboat.
Anglers can cast on the edge of the lake their fishing or watch local fishermen.
Charming towns and villages
Around the lake are a number of small towns, such as Castiglione del Lago, Tuoro, Passignano sul Trasimeno with sights and nice restaurants. In these places, you can also take a boat to one of the islands.
In the village of San Feliciano you find the Museo della Pesca; afterwards you can put theory into practice and take a fishing tour with the fishermen on the lake.
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