The Trasimeno Lake is the largest lake in the centre of Italy and the fourth lake in Italy, after the Como Lake. It is also a shallow lake, only about 6 meters at its deepest point. It is a wetland, only fed by rainwater and it belongs to one of the Living Lakes of Unesco.
Lake Trasimeno and its wildlife
The lake and its immediate surroundings are a nature reserve and for birdwatchers a true paradise. In winter many birds from the North of Europe can be spotted here, like coots, mallards, gadwalls, cormorants and the great crested grebe. In Spring and Summer, the lake is populated by many birds from Africa that pass the summer here and grow their offspring before returning to Africa. One can spot for instance reed warblers, purple herons, night herons, cattle egrets and little bitterns. Most birds can be spotted early in the morning or before sunset.
Visitors Centre Oasi La Valle
At the Oasi La Valle at the foothill of the tiny hamlet of San Savino, there is a study centre that can be visited. At its ornithological centre, more than 200 species have been identified so far. A visit to the centre could be a nice change during your stay in Umbria.
One can independently visit this oasis. The entrance is euro 4 pp, including binoculars. There also is an organized visit one can take part in. One can participate in the bird ringing activity, also accessible for children.
Opening hours: from 9 to 13. On Saturday and Sunday also from 15 to 18.
Address: Via dell’Emissario, Località San Savino, 06063 Magione
Website: Oasi la Valle – English
Local self-service of good quality nearby
And if you are hungry after your visit, drive on towards Santarcangelo. Just before this village on the left-hand side of the road and overlooking the lake is “Alfiero” or “Dla Maria”. It is self-service with excellent torta al testo. During summer one sits in the shade of high pine trees overlooking the lake. It is not a luxury restaurant but the price and quality are good. Mind it may be very busy here, many Italians come here, particularly during the weekend.