Oasi La Valle @ Lake Trasimeno

Mar 28, 2015 | Things to do in Umbria | 3 comments

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.
Oasi La Valle

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.

Oasi La Valle, Living Lakes, Trasimeno

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

Oasi La Valle, bird watching

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.

Torta al testo and self service at Lake Trasimeno

Torta al testo and self service at Lake Trasimeno


  1. Eliza Waters

    Beautiful lake photos – such a lovely landscape!

  2. janinevasta

    Superb images! You’ve captured the mystical beauty of Lake Trasimeno perfectly.



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