The 'Maggiore' island (PG)

With a surface of 128 square Km and circumference of 45 km, the Lake Trasimeno is the greatest of the central and southern Italy and the fourth of the whole country. It has a tectonic origin, is made of laminar layers and is maximum depth if of above 6 meters.

The lake is fed by some streams, ditches and, canals realized at the end of nineteenth century in order to risolve the problem of the cyclic flooding The Lake Trasimeno is located in the communal territories of Castiglione del Lago, Magione; Panicale, Passignano sul Trasimeno and Tuoro sul Trasimeno.
Three islands rises from its waters: the Minore, the Maggiore and the Polvese, connected to the main coasts centre by the boats of the Servizio Provinciale di. Navigazione del Trasimeno.

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The lake Trasimeno

Isola Minore We have very scarce historical data for this isle, the smallest of the three rising from the lake called "isoletta" (small isle) until the beginnings of the twentieth century now it is part of the territory of Passignano is private and deserted.

Isola Maggiore. Set in the communal territory of Tuoro it is the only inhabited isle. It is, indeed, a picturesque village, where motor-vehicles are not allowed to circulate, inhabited by about forty families essentially living with the proceeds of traditional works as fishing and lace.
In summer, regular boats from the lakeshore jetty make the trip out to Isola Maggiore, one of the lake's three islands, a fun ride if you don't mind the crowds. The crossing takes twenty minutes, and there are connecting boats to Tuoro and Passignano, as well as to lesser resorts on the lake's southern and eastern shores.
Once over, there's a single village - known for its lace - and a pretty walk round the island perimeter.

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The lace of the island

The island is famed for a visit by Saint Francis, a forty-day sojourn during which he consumed just half a loaf of bread; a chapel marks the point of his disembarkation, and there's a small Franciscan monastery on the southeast shore. The best outing, though, is to the church of San Arcangelo; sited at the island's highest point, it's decorated with frescoes and has a Crucifixion painted by Bartolomeo Caporali in 1460.

  • Lace Museum - Opere Pie Building
    Records of Isola Maggiore's traditions. Exhibition of antique and modern "Irish Point" lace.
  • Isola Maggiore Documentation Centre - Casa del, Capitano del Popolo 14thcentury
    Historical, architectural and environmental reconstruction of the popular area, the port and the economic activities. Inside, painting on wooden panel by Sano di Pietro, Sienese School of the 15th century
  • Church of San Michele Arcangelo 12thcentury
    Wooden Crucifix by B. Caporali, 15thcentury. Frescoes by the Umbrian School of the 13/15 centuries
  • Church of San Salvatore 12thcentury
    Church in Roman Gothic style with three naves. It was built about 1155 during the n of Frederik I nicknamed Barbarossa. His effigy in sand stone was set Min the facade. (Booking is essential)

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