Originating from the filling of a tectonic depression, Lake Trasimeno is located in a border area between Orvieto, Arezzo and Perugia but has always been considered "The lake of Perugia". Due to its strategic position and its economic importance it has been at the center of permanent competition since ancient times.
Its economic importance is based above all on fishing and agricultural exploitation but the Trasimeno area also offers its visitors a varied environmental picture with the alternation of flat and hilly areas that create wonderful landscape views that have inspired the Perugino and continue to fascinate travelers.
To protect and enhance the basin and the environment that surrounds it, the Trasimeno Regional Natural Lake Park was established in 1995, which in recent years has carried out projects aimed at safeguarding water but also at enhancing the environment with numerous itineraries. pedestrian.
Along the area of Lake Trasimeno on a hill covered with olive trees we find the town of Corciano . Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Corciano maintains its medieval layout. Among the most evocative monuments and places of interest in Corciano, we find in addition to the central Piazza Coragino, also the church of San Cristoforo which preserves a small museum with frescoes inside, and again, rich in mannerist decorations, we find the Town Hall which it houses an exhibition of archaeological finds. One of the most important events in the municipality of Corciano certainly includes "August Corcianese", an event that since 1965 manages to animate the month of August with concerts, shows, painting and sculpture exhibitions, as well as the historical procession of the Gonfalone in which citizens become real protagonists of the event.
Among the major tourist places of the Trasimeno district we find the municipalities of Passignano , Castiglione del Lago, Panicale and the Maggiore and Polvese islands .
Among the green hills of vines and olive trees, the small town of Passignano sul Trasimeno is one of the places with the greatest tourist vocation in the District. Since the Middle Ages, Passignano has been a vital and flourishing center, and the propensity of the local economy is oriented towards tourism, a vocation that has been strengthened with the establishment of the Compagnia di Navigazione sul Trasimeno.
Among the major events that cheer the streets of Passignano we remember the Palio delle Barche, which aims to evoke the rivalry between the noble Perugian families of the Baglioni and the Oddi, the Fish Festival, which in August thanks to the use of the most great in the world manages to make all the participants taste good fish, and again, the events related to the Christmas holidays such as the Befana dell'Oliveto and the Living Nativity.
One of the most significant examples of urban planning and historical architecture of Trasimeno not altered by the years is represented by the growth of the tourist center of Castiglione del Lago . Originally a fishing village and then an agricultural area, today this municipality bases its economy on tourism by offering visitors many services related to bathing, such as equipped beaches, summer residences, surfing, sailing and many others, but for art lovers there is no shortage of a rich monumental itinerary between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and a rich offer of excursions of religious, cultural, architectural and environmental interest.
On a hill south of the Trasimeno we find the small medieval town of Panicale . The interesting village now offers its visitors a landscape of soothing beauty away from the chaos of the cities. Panicale represents the perfect combination of environment and flavors, in fact numerous festivals and festivals are organized in support of typical products, such as the oil festival in autumn, or the grape festival in September and the evocative events related to the festivities Christmas and Easter.
Continuing through the unspoiled places, one of the most popular destinations for tourists is undoubtedly the Maggiore island . The only island still urbanized today, it retains its characteristic of a fifteenth-century village and bases its economy on tourism and craftsmanship based above all on the processing of lace with the production of Irish lace.
Another naturalistic oasis is represented by the Polvese island . The island thrives on environmental tourism, in fact its equipped areas and its beaches attract thousands of visitors in the summer. Among the environmental beauties that the island offers there is the garden of aquatic plants, while among the monuments we find many remains of churches that testify to the colonization by religious bodies, and among these residues of particular beauty is the convent of San Secondo which certifies the presence of the Olivetan monks.