Minutes to town, or a short drive to world-renowned metropolises.
Whatever your style or passion, when it comes time to get out and explore, you'll find some of Italy's finest examples of history, culture, art, and architecture right out our front door. Whether it's big city nightlife, day-long shopping adventures, or simply lounging around outdoor cafes and chatting with the locals, you can find it all with relative ease.
The town of Passignano sul Trasimeno is about five minutes away, while nearby major arteries can carry you off to places like Assisi in about 20 minutes, or Florence in an hour and a half. Although the owners would argue that relaxing at their Umbrian holiday villa is la dolce vita—the good life—they’d also agree that taking in Italy’s vast beauty can only add to such a life.
Below are photo gallery links to some of the major cities and centers within the region. You'll also find a link to Google Maps on our maps page where you can enter the name of the city you're interested in and find out the distance and travel time.
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The town of Passignano sul Trasimeno
This well known dockyard and tourist center, of Etrusco-Roman origin, is situated (289 m a.s.l.) on the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno. The ancient core preserves its mediaeval aspect still circled by its walls, while a maze of alleys, skirting Quattrocento houses, rises from the lake shore to the towers above. Four kilometers from the center, eastwards, is the Church of Saint Vito, with a well-preserved XIIIth century bell tower, and a panel of the school of Fiorenzo di Lorenzo inside.
Castel Rigone (663 m a.s.l.) is also part of Passignano territory. It was founded in 543 by Rigone, one of the lieutenants of Totila, king of the Goths. From this hamlet, with the remains of a castle built at the close of the XIIIth century, and an elegant Renaissance church, the "Madonna dei Miracoli," there is a splendid view of the lake. From here, moreover, trekking enthusiasts can set out on a magnificent hike which takes them up to the highest summit of the Trasimeno hills, Monte Castiglione (802 m a.s.l.) covered in thick pinewoods, the haunt of squirrels, foxes, stone martens and boars.
The most ancient nucleus of Passignano sul Trasimeno is still today encircled by the middle age walls which testify the development the center underwent during the Roman Empire, evolving from a small agricultural village to a castle, which, after the Lordship of Uguccione II in the 917, was constantly aimed at by Arezzo, Perugia and Florence.
There is a wide choice of restaurants serving unusual and interesting dishes of fish from the lake. If you are lucky enough to be here during the Fish Festival you can eat fish from the biggest frying pan in the world, measuring 4,30 meters in diameter!
Those who like long walks are well served: the surrounding hills offer pleasant visits to the ruins of the Roman Villa of Quarantaia, or to the ancient fortress of Monteruffiano, or else a quiet afternoon spent bird-watching. Umbria, "The green heart of Italy" here takes on a variety of shades of blues, with spectacular red sunsets over the lake. Passignano is the head office of the Trasimeno Park Organization.
Other important cities nearby include: Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Montepulciano, Rome, Siena, Firenze, the Chianti region, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Arezzo, and Cortona.