If you’re planning on visiting Central Italy and you’re looking for a beautiful and unconventional place to see aside of touristic routes, that’s your perfect destination. Isola Maggiore is a lake island, one of the three island included in Lake Trasimeno, inhabited by 16 people now. The history of this romantic and peculiar place is fascinating, and so it’s the atmosphere. Remarkably, since in 1211 Saint Frances went there and -it’s narrated- performed miracles, the attention toward this island has been growing and became more notably. There is just now just one main street on the island, via Guglielmi, with the church Chiesa del Buon Gesù, a little museum in the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the information point.
A path close to the Romanic church of San Salvatore brings up to the hill, to the 12th century San Michele Archangel church, the little cemetery and the panoramic viewpoint.
While walking up the hill, you’ll be surely surprised by beautiful pheasants. They live there, undisturbed.
There are several ferry boats from Passignano, Tuoro and Castiglione del Lago to the Isola Maggiore. The navigation, depending on where you’re departing from, takes about 10, 15 minutes.
This is a day trip that you can take from Rome, Florence, Arezzo and all the central Italy, especially if you’re staying in Lazio, Umbria or Toscana, but it’s best to stay one more night for visiting Trasimeno’s beauties and Perugia Area. There’s also a small hotel on the island or you can stay at one of the hundreds on the lake, at Passignano sul Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago, Panicale, Paciano or somewhere in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the area.