What to see in Passignano sul Trasimeno, itinerary including the main monuments and places to visit, including the area where the famous battle took place, the church of San Rocco and the Isola Maggiore.
Located on the northern shores of Lake Trasimeno, Passignano consists of two parts, the ancient village, delimited by the walls, which has retained its original medieval appearance, and the modern area, where the structures dedicated to tourist reception have developed.
The tradition of fishing and copper and wrought iron workmanship is still alive among the inhabitants.
About history, Passignano sul Trasimeno was already inhabited in Roman times, while from the Middle Ages until recent times the town was subject to various lordships.
Not far away, in the flat area between the lake and the hills, in the north-eastern direction, the famous battle of the Trasimeno took place, an event in which Hannibal, in 217 BC. inflicted a tremendous defeat on the Romans, in which sixteen thousand legionnaires fell, including the consul Caio Flaminio.
Noteworthy are the church of San Rocco, in Renaissance style, and the historic center, where you can see some fifteenth century houses.
Among the excursions to do, the one on Isola Maggiore, which is the second of the three islands in the lake, deserves to be mentioned.
In this place, a legend tells that San Francesco spent the whole of Lent, around the year 1212.
On the west bank there is a fishing village, whose wives are still dedicated to the manufacture of lace and bobbin lace.
In the highest part of the town there is the Romanesque church of San Salvatore, dating back to the twelfth century, where there are the remains of a polyptych, built in the fifteenth century by the Sienese Sano di Pietro.
Near the cemetery is the 14th century church of San Michele Arcangelo, in Gothic style and with a single nave interior decorated with frescoes, executed by Umbrian artists between the 14th and 16th centuries.