Places featured on this page are my recommendations. Places my kids have enjoyed.
I SPY TRASIMENO
For Families with young children..
I have made a small booklet featuring pictures of places and objects for children to ‘spot’ during their visits to the towns around the lake. The booklet is available in tourist information centres and some bars and hotels . An online edition is available at
Trasimeno is wonderful in itself without having to resort to the usual adventure playgrounds and theme parks and water parks but I have recommended a few and if you venture just an hour in any direction, well, you are spoilt for choice!
My kids loved:.
Visiting the two islands Isola Polvese and Isola Maggiore ..short fun boat rides, beaches, rest walks, castles, water birds, amazing flora and fauna.
Trips round the Rocca in Castiglione del Lago
Markets at Castiglione in a Wednesday morning and Passignano on Saturday.
Montepulciano where they never tired of exploring the caves and trying the salami, olive oils, cheese ..and later the wine!
Assisi. It’s hot during summer months but probably my family’s favourite place. We go about 4pm when it’s cooling down a little but still early enough to visit the Basilica. One is probably enough at a time! They are amazing but huge! Head off the tourist main streets through the beautiful tiny streets and out into the hills where you will find the ruins of two castles.
Orvieto …the Etruscan burial city just outside is unreal and once in this amazing town they will love a visit to the Etruscan caves .
San Feliciano A quaint fishing village. If you get there early you will find the fishermen taking the fish out of their nets and mending the nets.
Lots of very fat and friendly cats await their next dinner! walks along the lake. Bars and restaurants and the ferry to Isola Polvese. Fishing museum.
SO MUCH and that’s not including horse riding, cycling, sailing and the many funfestivals, See events page and posts for details.
MY FAVOURITE BEACH:
Sualzo Beach at Passignano.
I like this because it’s also good for parents and because it is a ‘locals’ beach. Not packed with tourists. You can park easily. The bar serves food and drinks at very good prices . Shaded seating. It is easy to have take a lovely walk along the lake into into the town. You can bring your own chairs etc and sit on the grass under the trees if you don’t want to pay for the beach ones. Free Wifi ..ask fir the password at the bar.
Remember that schools here are on holiday June July and August and the beaches are popular!
Best time is in the morning.
After lunch it will be busy and very hot!
With adjacent parking …many free spots.
Has beach. Pool. Adjacent garden for play and relaxation. Water sports. Bar and restaurant. Just five minutes walk from the centre of the town.
Facilities Open early till very late.
Aquapark di Tavernelle
Has raft slide and twister slide in addition to a host of other entertainment. Restaurant. Bar. Green beach. Soccer field.
Open 9.30 – 19.00
TRASIMENO WAKE PARK
the only cable Park in Umbria.
Wake boarding and Wake skating for adults and children.
Citta della Domenica. (City of Sunday)
Ferro di cavallo. Perugia
My kids loved it here. It combines nature and fun. An idyllic setting high on top of a hill. It’s far removed from your usual theme parks leaving so much more to imagination and exploration. There’s a little train which will come in useful on stinking hot days to ferry you from one area to another!! I would recommend mornings for the outside but and then enjoy the cool of indoors after lunch. Great restaurant and bars. Wonderful views from the restaurant in the evening and the most amazing pizza!!
Check for current admission prices on the website.