Surrounded by green, Passignano sul Trasimeno is a lovely town set on the shore of the lake and a well-known tourist resort in the province of Perugia, Umbria. Its origins date back to the Etruscan-Roman era and at that time its name was “Passo di Giano”. During the Middle Ages this town was a Lombard stronghold of which still retains part of the city walls and the remains of the fortress (Rocca), damaged during WWII but still able to offer its visitors a magnificent panoramic view of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding country area. A ferry line connects Passignano to Isola Maggiore (one of the three islands in the lake). Cozy beaches for swimming, campsites, sailing clubs, typical restaurants on the lakefront sidewalk, entertaining festivals and beautiful facilities await the tourists.
“Find a calm lake and wait for the twilight in silence! There, existence will visit you with all its magnificence! The existence of the Existence can best be felt in the presence of dimness and in the absence of crowds and noises” — Mehmet Murat ildan
The “Palio delle Barche” (Boat Race) takes place every year on the third Sunday of July. During this festival, locals dress up in medieval costumes for a reenactment, parade among the crowd with their boats on the shoulders and then engage in the boat race. There is also a fish festival (Festa della Padella) during which the largest frying-pan in the world is used to cook seafood.