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Top 5: Italian lakes-Trasimeno

September 15, 2011

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Kicking off our countdown with Lake Trasimeno, central Italy, located in the Umbria region near Tuscany, just about at the center point of mainland Italy. Trasimeno is Italy’s largest non-Alpine lake and is fairly shallow. The lake was the site of a famous battle between Hannibal and Rome (Hannibal kicked some but here).

There are several interesting, historical towns around the lake and the large island, Isola Maggiore, famous for its lace-making is a good place to visit. One of the prettiest towns is Castiglione del Lago with a medieval center and castle by the lake. There are beaches around the lake.

There are castles all around Trasimeno, many in the center of small towns while others are isolated and in ruins. Castiglione del Lago, Passignano, Magione, Maggiore, and Polvese islands all have castles, while Zocco Castle, Montali Castle, and others are on hilltops.

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Trasimeno is shallow, muddy, rich in fish, including pike, carp, and tench. Unfortunately, the shallow waters meant that malarial mosquitoes prospered. To combat malaria, some mosquito larvae-eating fish were imported from USA during the 1950s. These fish are widely scattered, and some live in the lakes near Trasimeno.

The lake is a popular tourist destination and there are many camping sites, particularly to the south and west. However, many consider it lacks major tourist attractions, which puts it at the 5th place of our countdown. 

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  1. September 16, 2011 15:30

    Sorry Isola Maggiore is not the largest island, though the name would imply it: the largest is Isola Polvese.

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