I’m now working on a series of paintings around Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, the largest body of water on the peninsula and it’s very own little piece of sandy heaven.
Visiting the Isole Maggiore
The Isole Maggiore, the middle-sized of the three islands, was once heavily populated and a fishing and lace making centre for the area. In it’s heyday there were over 1,200 inhabitants, now though, there are about 16 people who live there permanently.
It is a fascinating place to visit with several restaurants and bars, a museum to the fishing and lace industries that once flourished and the Captain’s House, that tells the story of this fascinating island. You can follow the trails around the islands and visit the cave where St Francis spent some time, there are the ruins of the old mills, and a derelict castle too. Although at the time of writing, this is under repair and inaccessible.
Around Lake Tresimeno
The smallest island, Isole Minore, is privately owned and not open to visitors but the largest, Polvese, is a nature sanctuary. Here you’ll find a couple of old churches, a medieval castle and the remains of a monastery. This is an island on which you can relax, walk around and enjoy the Umbrian countryside and its nature.
The area as a whole is full of interesting places to stop off at. The gorgeous town of Castiglione del Lago, the well presented glass museum at Piegaro and the Fishing Museum at San Feliciano provide plenty to see. For a real sense of the history around Lago Trasimeno then the informative Etruscan Museum at Chiusi is worth a visit.
Next up I think the fortifications and churches of Castiglione del Lago.