The “La Valle” Oasis is the most interesting part of Lake Trasimeno, from a naturalistic point of view. Its shallow waters and extensive cane fields make it an important stopover and nesting place for thousands of birds along their annual migration routes. The Oasis is open to visitors all year round as follows: from every morning from 9 to 1 pm and then again in the afternoon (October through May) from 3 pm to 6 pm, and (June to September) from 4 pm to 8 pm. Guided tours are offered with an audio guide (English and Italian) and there is a wooden walkway over the water with observatory. The Oasis also has a bird ringing facility.
Isola Polvese falls under the jurisdiction of Castiglione del Lago and is the largest of the three islands. It bears witness to many centuries of history with such churches as the Chiesa di San Secondo, the Monastero Olivetano, the Chiesa di San Giuliano and a recently restored 14th century castle. The Porcinai Pool (in the Aquatic Plants garden) is also very interesting. It was created in the late 1950s by landscape architect Pietro Porcinai.
Environmental sustainability is the philosophy with which the island is managed and it has resulted in the creation of an educational scientific park which conducts research, offers classes and teaches students about the environment. The island is home to a Stay and Study Centre with a meeting hall, accommodations and hostel.
Guided tours 45´ to the Castle, San Giuliano Church and the Acquatic Plants Garden.
For information and reservations regarding educational and tourist services, meetings and study stays, please contact:
Centro Educazione Ambientale di Isola Polvese Cooperativa Plestina
Tel. +39 075 965 9546 +39 347 848 9578 - Fax +39 075 500 2231
Isola Maggiore is under the jurisdiction of Tuoro sul Trasimeno and is the only one of the three islands that has a stable population. It still preserves the unique atmosphere of a 15th century fishing village. In 1211 Saint Francis of Assisi came here at Lent to pray and fast in peace and quiet, and there is now a lovely chapel dedicated to his arrival on the island during a violent storm, marking the place where he landed and knelt down in prayer. One of the feathers in the cap of the island is the Irish-point lace made by the local women. The Isola Maggiore Museum Circuit indicates the most important places to see on the island.
Isola Minore. This is the smallest of the three islands, and not much is known about it. Privately owned, it is not inhabited. It falls under the jurisdiction of Passignano sul Trasimeno.
Aeroporto Eleutieri. This airport was, until several decades ago, a military airport named after the Umbrian aviator Leopoldo Eleutri. It has now been turned in to a green area comprising some 100 hectares of grounds on the shores of Lake Trasimeno and is the point of departure for organized walking excursions, bike trips and horseback rides. The area is dotted with interesting land and lake flora and fauna, as well as the venue for environmental events and open air activities.