Isola Maggiore

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thomasroger
Copenhagen, Denmark91 contributions
This little gem in the middle of Lake Trasimeno is really with a visit if you're spending days in this wonderful part of Italy.

Get the small ferry from either Castiglione or Possignano and spend time aboard to settle down in tempo, because once on the Maggiore you will find yourself spun out of time and into the past.

Go to the top and visit the original church where the holy Francis of Assisi used to come to quite meditation, way from the hustle of Assisi. The locals charge a small fee for entrance and the backstory - an it's really worth it. you can still trace the development in catholic fresca painting dating all the way back to the original church. At it's height this little island held eight churches (!)

The island also house a couple of restaurants and they are both quite alright - but of course they know to charge you for being caught on the island until the next ferry. You properly won't mind, it's a wonderful afternoon.
Written November 15, 2017
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Mar1g0ld
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We went early, catching the 8:45 ferry from Passignano. It was hot even at this time of the day but due to rise over 30 by midday. It was a great time to go, climbing the hill before it got too hot. We were advised to take water with us as not all the water taps would be working.
€2 for the Lace Museum, the Captains house and the church at the top of the hill, which opens at 10:30
Lots of restaurant choices and souvenir shops
As we were leaving (before midday) ferries full of people were arriving. If you want more of the island to yourself, go early.
No problems with mosquitoes as mentioned in other posts, but we had put repellent on already.
Enjoy your day!
Written August 7, 2019
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robocop646
Saffron Walden, UK156 contributions
Couples
Not much to see on island, it is all about the boat trip across the Lake. We stayed on hour and then straight back.
Written June 26, 2017
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Worldwatcher
Toronto, Canada1,170 contributions
Friends
We enjoyed a pleasant cruise around this lovely lake. The stop off at the Isola was a lovely break and an opportunity to enjoy some gelato. We watched a couple of old ladies make lace, which they have been doing here literally all their lives. The medieval buildings are a delight. What a pleasant way to spend a warm summer afternoon.
Written June 14, 2017
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,538 contributions
Isola Maggiore, Lago Trasimeno, Umbria

Lago Trasimeno is half-way along the Italian peninsular – about mid-way between Rome and Firenza – and generally considered the fourth largest lake in the country at 124 km2 surface area and perimeter 50 km. There are bike and walking trails that follow the lake shore for those interested but, for us, there simply wasn’t the time available. In addition, we had small kids in tow and ambient temperatures mid-summer mid-year had been in the high 30s degC, and there was more than sufficient interest in the geography, history and social development of the local people to keep us busy for the week.
There’s more too - Lago Trasimeno is in Umbria with all those gorgeous tourist/culinary pleasures/images typical of the lake and surrounding towns and countryside. Italy at its best.
Lago Trasimeno has three islands: Isola Polvese – the largest at 70 ha – Isola Maggiore (the only one with a permanent population) 24 ha and Isola Minore – privately owned – not open to Mario Rossi (aka ‘Joe Public’). The history of the lake and the islands encompasses the Etruscans, the Romans and the Umbrian people – Ombri/Ombrii – one of the ancient Italic peoples who date back >3,000 years. It was the Romans who eventually dominated, settling and incorporating the region into their greater empire (as they were to do across much of the Europe of the day).
Our second visit to Isola Polvese – this time we took the ferry from Passignano. We nearly missed it too, leaving barely time to find somewhere to park close to the terminus; last on board for the mid-day boat. It took little more than 20 minutes to cross to the island. Ten years ago (we figured), we’d taken the longer crossing from Castiglione del Lago – we were staying in the neighbourhood for a long weekend.
Short or longer ferry journeys … the island seemed much the same as before; easy, friendly, small, comfortable with mostly shaded walking around the perimeter of the island and across the centre – lots to see - pleasant experience. Cross the centre of the island and the trail climbs, but this is still easy walking and distances are short. Your circuit should take in the statue of St Francis that commemorates his celebration of Lent on the island 800 years ago. Then passed Villa Guglielmi (‘Isabelle Castle’) – a gorgeous rambling period structure dating from the late 1880s and built upon/around a convent and the Church of S. Francesco. The place is fenced and you can’t get in - with wall boards describing the renovation work undertaken. Unfortunately, this work was abandoned when the money ran out in 2010. Now the place is for sale (and with it you get 4.25 ha land – 20% of the island).
On the hill in the centre of the island between the Villa and the village/jetty is where the Church of San Michele Arcangelo is located. You pay to enter – for the talk/guided tour that takes in the frescos and the history of the island – typically in Italian, but also in English (and offered by the guide that afternoon when she picked up our language). Interesting interior with some fine views outside across the lake.
Leave time in which to wander the long single street (Via Guglielmi) in the village - line of houses on both sides across 8 m paving, well-maintained almost elegant in appearance and belying their 14-15th century origin. Renovated in the 1950s. What you do find, in contrast to the mainland, is a pedestrianized street with no motorized vehicles – what a difference that this makes to the feel of the community; quiet and easy to wander, stand and explore. This is where you find the museum, Captain’s house, couple of restaurants/bars and a public toilet.
The museum provides a glimpse of the recent and distance past – photos, diagrams and pictures – agriculture, fisheries and, nowadays, tourism. Tickets €2/each – good value. Fishing dominated through to the early 20th century harvesting carp, pike and tench – check out the importance of fish/technologies/employment/security of the lake and, in direct context, the constant effort required to ensure sufficient water - to maintain levels in the lake. The ancient port together with the original lake level/monitoring structures are adjacent to the modern jetty.
Just on 100 years ago modern lace-making was introduced from Ireland as a small-scale enterprise to help provide employment to augment declining traditional land/lake industries (and to slow the drift of young people from the island); the industry remains with a handful of lace-makers selling mainly to the tourists passing through. If you’re fortunate, you may find one or more lace-makers seated outside in the shade of a house, heads down and quietly knitting. The museum describes the trade and has a fine selection of garments on display.
And, not least, the malarial mosquito that was a perennial issue for those living close to the lake through to the mid-20th century when it was effectively eradicated/controlled with improved understanding of the disease/medicines, drainage and judicious use of chemicals. Mid-August 2019 and there was no noticeable issue with mosquitoes during our time there.
Looking back … some pleasant memories of an island at the centre of local history – we enjoyed the pleasure of exploring – and this, without even taking in the Second Punic War and the Battle of Lago Trasimeno that was fought just to the north of the current lake shore in which the Carthaginians under Hannibal routed the Roman Army in 217 BCE. We just didn’t have the time in which to explore further.
Memories of open boats, high/clear skies and the distant shorelines remain. It was August and Isola Maggiore and Lago Trasimeno provided a quiet/peaceful place in which to appreciate Umbria at its best.

Peter Steele
18 March 2020
Written March 20, 2020
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docherty50
Kilmarnock, UK61 contributions
Couples
My husband and I were in Italy for a wedding and were staying in Villa San Crispolto. We went on the ferry to the island around 20 mins. The views of the lake and hills from the ferry are stunning. When you get of the ferry there is a few stalls selling trinkets, hats, scarves etc. We went for a lovely walk up to the castle which was lovely but uphill and very warm and when we got there it is closed off as it is up for sale so you do not even get to see it. There is a lovely little church at the top of the hill with a few seats in the shade as you need one by the time you get there. The views are breathtaking.
Written July 15, 2018
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Helena549
Port de Sant Miguel, Spain92 contributions
Family
First visited this little island 18 years ago on honeymoon so took our kids back for old times sake.

They were desperate to swim and for this reason we were disappointed. We had enquired and believed there was a stony beach access which there was but it was dirty with no running water.

Glad we went for the boat trip and the experience of another side of Italy but were keen to get back to a clean pool!
Written August 20, 2017
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lowryepp
Epping, UK783 contributions
Friends
Worth the ferry trip - harbour, street, cafes, restaurants, lakeside walks.
Best in sunshine
The toilets are behind the tourist info
Watch the times for the return ferry - unlike some of Italy they do follow a timetable.
Written July 24, 2017
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Becky D
Abingdon, UK56 contributions
Friends
Caught the 'water bus' from Tuoro direct to the island. Very peaceful and felt like stepping into a different pace of life. We ate in a pizzeria overlooking the lake, beautiful views and surprisingly good value for money. It's a steep climb up to the top of the island but worth it for the stunning views if you go on a clear day. We wandered around for a couple of hours exploring some of the historical buildings and ruins before rewarding ourselves with some well earned gelato!
Written October 2, 2016
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PiotrOE
Blairgowrie, UK141 contributions
Historical place & religious place but even if you wish to visit a nice island with family or just a walk, consider this one. Plenty of restaurants to and their prices are actually less than expected.
Written September 4, 2016
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