Oasi Naturalistica La Valle
The “La Valle” Oasis is the most interesting part of Lake Trasimeno because of its naturalistic nature as it is an important stage for nesting and nesting of thousands of birds along the main routes with its shallow waters and extensive canes migration.
Oasi is also the “Foresteria dell’Oasi”, a hiking hut that allows not only to discover but above all to “Live the Oasis La Valle”. It offers the opportunity to participate in all activities: a guided tour or an audioguide, birdwatching from the dock, scientific bird ringing, winter censuses, photo shoot from the observatory, landscape photo to immortalize the beautiful sunsets on the lake
From the main oasis path through a simple staircase or, for handicapped persons, an elevator, access to the guestroom consists of a large bright and silent dining room with kitchenette, two comfortable rooms for a total of 12 beds, 2 Bathrooms each with shower, the 1st fully usable with a wheelchair.
The Oasis is open all year, morning (9.00 / 13.00) and afternoon (15.00 / 18.00 from October to May and 16.00 / 20.00 From June to September), with guided tours, autonomous with audio guide (Italian and English) And, with an interesting observatory walkway on the lake, as well as a bird ringing station.
Info: www.oasinaturalisticalavalle.it– Tel. +39 075 84 72 865 -+39 328 30 55 083 (M.Maddalena Chiappini) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports and walking
Lake Castiglione del lago is a great place for a bicycle ride. An easy to follow path that runs along Lake Trasimeno, partly open only to bicycles and pedestrians, is ideal for getting in touch with the flora and fauna of Trasimeno Park territory, fun for friends and family.
For the more experienced, the route continues to cover the lake’s perimeter, stretching between dirt roads and ordinary traffic. Other itineraries open along the routes between Umbria and Tuscany, such as those that connect the area of Lake Trasimeno to the lakes of Montepulciano and Chiusi, for a circuit of natural beauty.
Tasting – Strada del vino del Trasimeno
The Wine Road “Colli del Trasimeno” is an oenological itinerary realized to explore the history of the area, rediscover the nature, culture and gastronomic traditions of the area around Lake Trasimeno and includes all its communes. Four red wines, five reds, one rosé one spumante classic method and seven monovitigno (Grechetto, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Merlot Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Gamay Reserve) are produced in the path of the Wine Road. All the productions are of high quality, guaranteed by the name of the “Trasimeno Hills” controlled origin.
In all the wineries that are part of the route you can taste and buy directly wine, oil and other local products. They are also active, by reservation, visits to the cellar to explore the vineyards and the production sites.
For more information and to find out all the stages of the route you can visit www.stradadelvinotrasimeno.it.
Escursione sulle Isole
Lake Trasimeno offers the opportunity to spend days in its islands, in the nature and relaxation. The island of Majorca and the Isle of Polvese are indeed the lovely islands that can be visited and offer scenic and vegetation-rich scenery. There is a chance to make good walks both in their perimeter and in the central areas. Both islands have equipped facilities, visitors can take advantage of the small beaches to sunbathe and swim.
The ferry service is on-time and offers excursions every hour, both on the way back and forth.
The Isola Maggiore, in the municipality of Tuoro sul Trasimeno, is the only one of the three islands to be inhabited yet. The island has an area of 24 hectares, is therefore relatively small, despite its name, the largest of the three islands of Lake Trasimeno is the Isola Polvese . The habitat, consisting of 18 people, is located in the western part of the island, stretching from the pier to via Guglielmi, the main street.
The characteristic aspect of the island still retains the atmosphere of the fishing village of the ‘400. In the past centuries, fishing was the main source of subsistence on the island. To date, tourism and related activities, such as catering, bathing and souvenir sale, are the main source of income.
As you descend from the ferry you arrive at a small square, from here going to the right in the direction of Via dei 3 Martiri you can get to the windmill, as you go up to Via San Michele Arcangelo you arrive at the homonymous church, on the top of the island. If you go to the left, you will walk along Via Guglielmi and the long lake. Even today, one can admire the Chapel that remembers the disembarkation of St. Francis, after the crossing of the lake, when in 1211 he went hermitage on the Major Island for Lent and robbed where the Saint was praying. To visit is certainly the Lace Museum, as the tradition of the crocheted lace at “point of Ireland” is characteristic of the Isle Maggiore, the Church of S. Salvatore characterized by a stone portal with carved reliefs, the Palazzo del Capitano, the summer residence of notables who occupy the office of Capitano del Popolo and the 13th century Medieval Palace, stands on the main street and represents a testimony of medieval civil architecture.
On Isola Maggiore there are catering facilities where you can enjoy excellent seafood dishes.
The Isola Polvese is in the municipality of Castiglione del Lago and is located in the south-eastern part of Lake Trasimeno. Thanks to 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, for the presence of a tall lump, a large cane and a secular olive tree from which organic extra virgin olive oil is obtained both from an artistic and cultural point of view , As the island conserves important historical memories such as the Church of San Secondo, the Olivetan Monastery, the Church of San Giuliano and a recently restored Medieval Castle.
Once you get off the ferry you can admire the great Villa, the ancient building, made about 200 years ago, is made up of several structures, such as the mill, the farmhouse and the storage of agricultural tools. These facilities have been recovered, and today they represent the Centro Servizi e Soggiorno Studio, with scientific and environmental laboratories, classrooms for teaching and conferences. On the left is the phytoremediation plant, the Island is in fact an example of environmental management based on sustainability criteria thanks to this plant, energy saving systems and organic farming. Within a few steps you will find the 13th-century castle, where you can admire the medieval walls and the internal courtyard, which is used as an open-air theater. The path, to the left of the Castle, leads to the Piscina del Porcinai, a garden of aquatic plants, made at the end of the 1950s on a landscape designer Pietro Porcinai. At the first crossroad to the right you arrive at the Hostel, if you climb on the balcony you can admire the whole island. Continuing, you arrive at the Monastery of the Olivetani Monks with the Church of San Secondo, of which remain the crypt, part of the apse, some parts of the perimeter walls and the facade. If you cross the dense forest on the right you reach the beach where the playground and the volleyball courts are located. Finally you come back to the Villa, where you can find the Bar and the typical restaurant.
The Isola Polvese is used as the Educational Science Park for environmental education and tourism and as a Territorial Laboratory for Sustainable Development, for research and experimentation. You can take part in educational paths that involve direct interaction with the surrounding environment through playful moments, field and laboratory work. (timetable)