Passignano is my local town. Just a fifteen minute breathtakingly beautiful drive down from my home in Castel Rigone. I enjoy the beach in the warm summer months and walks in the hills during spring and autumn. It’s wonderful lake with its changing moods is a pleasure at all times of the year and in all weathers! September and October are probably my favourite months when the burning heat of summer has disappeared making walks in the hills enjoyable but its still warm enough to enjoy sitting by the lake.
Unlike most lakeside towns Passignano doesn’t go to sleep in the Aurumn. It’s many bars, restaurants , shops and facilities remain open because they are primarily required for its residents.
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It is a living town. Great for a summer holiday but equally great for spring, Autumn and winter. Especially Christmas when the old town is transformed into a living nativity.
The location on the magnificent Lago Trasimeno is breathtakingly beautiful with wonderful walks in the surrounding hills and amazing sunsets the memory of which will remain with you forever.
Although I wouid always recommend hiring a car when visiting Umbria, so you can visit the quaint little hilltop villages, Passignano is one of the few places where one can easily travel using local transport. Or simply stay put and enjoy sauntering around the town and relaxing by the lake. The train station is just a five minute walk from the centre and from here you can be in Florence in just over an hour, Perugia in twenty minutes, Rome in under two hours, Sienna, Arezzo …….just to mention a few.
Bang in the centre of the town is a ferry terminus with regular boats to the beautiful island of Maggiore from where it is also possible to sail to Castiglione del Lago.
Passignano is a warm and friendly town, never crowded even in the summer months when tourists simply blend in with the local population but on a Saturday and Sunday there is a wonderful atmosphere when the town comes alive with locals and day trippers.
I took this short video last week at 10am.