EXCURSION ON THE ISLANDS
Trasimeno Lake offers the opportunity to spend some days on the islands, full of nature and relaxation. Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese are in fact the enchanting islands that can be visited and which offer picturesque scenery and rich vegetation. There is the possibility to make nice walks both in their scope and in the central areas. Both islands have equipped facilities, visitors can enjoy the small beaches for sunbathing and swimming.
The ferry service is punctual and offers hiking opportunities every hour, both outbound and return flights.
Isola Maggiore, in the municipality of Tuoro sul Trasimeno, is the only of the three islands to be inhabited again. The island has an area of 24 hectares, it is therefore relatively small, despite its name, the largest of the three islands of Lake Trasimeno Polvese Island. The settlement, consisting of 18 people, is located in the western area of the island, stretching from the pier to Via Guglielmi, the main street.
The characteristic feature of the island still retains the village atmosphere of the ‘400 fishermen. In past centuries it was fishing the main source of livelihood of the island. To date, tourism and related activities, such as catering, bathing and the sale of souvenirs, are the main source of income.
Off the ferry we arrive at a small square, from here going to the right in the direction of the 3 Martyrs Street you can get to the mill to the wind, while going up Via San Michele Arcangelo you are reached near the homonymous Church, on top of the island. If you head left instead follow Via Guglielmi and the lake promenade. Even today you can see the chapel that recalls the landing of San Francesco, after the crossing of the lake, when in 1211 he went to a hermitage on the Island Maggiore for Lent, and the rock where the saint stopped to pray. To visit is the Museum of Lace, since the tradition of lace crochet worked to “point of Ireland” is characteristic of the Island Maggiore, the Church of St. Saviour characterized by a stone portal with carved reliefs, the Palace Captain, the summer residence of the notables who held the position of Captain of the People and the medieval Palace, dating from the thirteenth century, is located on the main street and is a testimony of medieval civil architecture.
On the Isola Maggiore there are catering services where you can enjoy delicious dishes based on fish from the lake.
The Isola Polvese is part of the municipality of Castiglione del Lago and is located in the southeastern part of Lake Trasimeno. With its 70 hectares it is the largest of the three islands of Lake Trasimeno. The island is of particular interest both from a naturalistic point of view, the presence of a tall holm oak, a very extensive reeds and a centuries-old olive grove from which is derived organic olive oil, both from an artistic and cultural point of view because the island retains significant historical memories like the Church of S. Second, the Olivetan Monastery, the Church of S. Giuliano and a recently restored medieval castle.
Once off the ferry you can admire the great Villa, the old building, built about 200 years ago, it is composed of several structures, such as the mill, the farmhouse and agricultural implements. These structures have been recovered, and today represent the Service Center and Living Room Studio, with scientific and environmental laboratories, teaching rooms and convention. At left is the Phytoremediation facility, the Island is in fact an example of environmental management based on sustainability criteria thanks to this system, the energy-saving systems and organic farming. A few steps away is the castle of the XIII century, you can admire the medieval walls and the interior courtyard, used as open-air theater. The path to the left of the castle, leading to the pool of Porcinai, a garden of aquatic plants, built at the end of the fifties on a project of the landscape architect Peter Porcinai. At the first intersection on the right you will arrive at the hostel, if you climb on the balcony you can see the whole island. We then come to the monastery of the Olivetan Monks with the Church of San Secondo, of which only the crypt, the apse, some parts of the perimeter wall and the facade. If you exceed the dense forest that is on the right we arrive at the beach where the playground and the volleyball courts. Finally we come back to the Villa, where you can find the bar and the typical restaurant.
Isola Polvese is used as Didactic Science Park for education and environmental tourism and as a Territorial Laboratory for sustainable development, for research and experimentation. You can participate in educational tours which provide for a direct interaction with the surrounding environment through moments of games, work on the field and laboratory.
Isola Polvese services:
Beaches and bathing water
Huge manicured green spaces
Food service and bars
Villa and guesthouse
Museum and Science Park
Routes and trails tracked
Several public shadows
Isola Polvese can be reached by boat from San Feliciano, with approximately 10 minutes travel time. For any information you can visit: www.isolapolvese.it
As for information on rates and schedules of navigation service can be found at www.umbriamobilita.it/it/orari/servizio-navigazione