A splash of inky blue on the hilly landscape, Lago Trasimeno is where Umbria spills over into Tuscany. Italy's fourth-largest lake is a prime spot if you want to tiptoe off the well-trodden trail and slip into the languid rhythm of lake life. All around the 128-sq-km lake, olive groves, woods of oak and cypress trees, vines and sunflower fields frame castle-topped medieval towns, such as Castiglione del Lago and Passignano, draped along its shores like a daisy chain.
But while the scenery is bucolic and the atmosphere slow, at least outside peak summer months, the area has a turbulent past and it was here that Hannibal destroyed a Roman army in 217 BC.
Castiglione del Lago on the lake’s western flank is the area's main centre.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Lago Trasimeno.