Lake Trasimeno


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Lake Trasimeno, with an area of ​​128 km² and a circumference of about 54 km, is the largest lake in central Italy and the fourth in size of all the Italian lakes.
In the Trasimeno area, the fishing tradition merges with those of the rural world, and magical and unspoilt landscapes, food, wine, art, traditions, faith and folklore come together in one harmonious whole.

The islands

In the Trasimeno lake there are three islands:

The Polvese island is located in the south-east and it is the largest of the three. Since 1995 it has been classified as a scientific-educational park in which scientific research, experimentation and environmental teaching activities are promoted. In the eastern and southern part there is a vast wetland that gives shelter to various species of birds and amphibians.

The Maggiore island is the only one inhabited in a stable way, in fact it has about 18 inhabitants.  In the Fioretti di San Francesco is reported the episode in which Saint Francesco would have stayed on an island of Lake Perugia to spend Lent here, finding shelter in a hedge and eating only half a loaf of bread for all 40 days. In the same island it is reported that later some houses and later a castle would have been built.

The Minore island is covered by dense forest vegetation but is privately owned so it is not open to visitors.

The Maggiore and Polvese islands are easily accessible by public ferry service (click here for more information on timetables).

Between truth and legend 

Much discussed remains the origin of the name “Trasimeno”, with respect to which there are at least three hypotheses.

The most romantic – known as the legend of Agilla and Trasimeno – tells the story of Prince Trasimeno, son of king Tirreno, who shortly after meeting and falling in love with the nymph Agilla, drowned ruinously in the waters of the lake that then took his name.  Legend says also that the soul in the nymph never abandoned the waters of the lake. Even today fishermen tell that in summer, when the fresh wind blows from the west, you can still feel the bitter cry of Agilla.

More sustainable is the hypothesis that the Trasimeno derives its name from the compound of trans Imenus, “beyond the Imeno” (or “Menio”) from the name of the small hill that, coming from the north, opens showing the lake. However, the most accredited theory remains that the name derives from the expression trans minus vide laco, ie “among the mountains you will see the lake” or more likely “through the small hill see the lake”, in use to orient foreigners, mostly from Florence, intent on reaching the city of Perugia.

All these theories have been questioned again by the discovery of the Tabula cortonensis, an Etruscan bronze artifact from the beginning of the second century BC, on which is reported the Etruscan name of the lake, Tarminass, clearly resembling the Latin form, evidence of the probable Etruscan origin of the toponym, given the geographical location of the lake in the middle of Etruria.

 

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