Lake Trasimeno, lying in an extended valley, shares its name with Trasimeno, the son of Tirreno. The tragic story of Trasimeno and the water-nymph Agilla who was in love with him, ended when Trasimeno was dragged to the bottom of the lake and drowned. Passignano sul Trasimeno is one of the most charming old towns which borders the lake (together with Castiglione del Lago).
What is there to see in Passignano sul Trasimeno? One of the reasons for visiting this area is to see the Rocca (fortress) di Passignano sul Trasimeno, built in the 5th and 6th centuries, the work of the Longobards, or Lombards. The fortress offers a 360° view of the Lake and surrounding hills, thanks to its strategic position above the town. From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the fortress fell into the hands of several lords, and suffered demolition, reconstruction and various modifications. Having been closed to the public because of bombardments during the Second World War, and then undergoing lengthy restoration work, it was reopened to the public in 2008.
Just 5kms away it’s possible to visit the Borgia Castle, situated on a hill in the middle of a wood, surrounded by a park of 22.5 acres. Today, it appears in all its splendour; its stone facades, the tower, the renaissance arches, the vaulted and coffered ceilings and the grand fireplaces. The castle is often used for fantastic weddings, reliving the pomp and beauty of a long-gone age.
Passignano sul Trasimeno is about 68kms from Gualdo Tadino, and the Castle, about 63kms. To get there, the shortest route is the SS318 then the Ring Road 6 Bettole-Perugia/A1 Perugia.
The journey takes 50 minutes to the Castle and 55 minutes to the town of Passignano