Cortona and Trasimeno lake

A visit to Cortona is an encounter with art and history. Knowing this town “out of time” is a real rediscovery of the past.

City that Virgil wanted founded by the mythical Dardano, was probably fortified by the Umbrians, then passed to the Etruscans between the eighth and seventh centuries BC where it became an important “Lucumonia” (lucumone‘s territory). Cortona had a flourishing life in the communal period under the rule of Ranieri Casali. Sold by the King of Naples to the Florentines in 1411, followed the fortunes of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Collection within its Etruscan walls, its streets, its churches and museums offers visitors the chance to travel back in time: everyone knows of Etruscan and medieval times and the Renaissance.

Trasimeno Lake is the largest body of water in peninsular Italy, the fourth largest in the whole of Italy. It is of fluvial origin and perhaps in part tectonics. Heart-shaped, covers an area of 128 sq. km. Its waters are deeper than 6 m, has shore, steps, and sometimes fringed with reeds.

From the waters of the lake there are three islands: Maggiore and Minore near the northern shore, and Polvese in the south-east. Its shores are dotted with tourist centers, among which Castiglione del Lago, Tuoro sul Trasimeno and Passignano sul Trasimeno. There you can practice all water sports and is a paradise for fishermen.