The gateway to the lake
Its name is derived from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and passages. Due to its location on the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno, Passignano has always been an obligatory stop for those travelling between Umbria and Tuscany. Etruscans, Romans and the troops of the Carthaginian Hannibal stopped here.
Today, Passignano sul Trasimeno is one of the most picturesque towns overlooking the lake. The small fishing village is dominated from above by the medieval Rocca, which can’t be missed, including climbing the 30-metre tower. From the vantage point at the top, you can admire the glistening water and the Maggiore, the Minore and Polvese islands.
Among the key events to discover the folklore of Passignano is the Palio delle Barche. It is held every year at the end of July to re-enact the final battle between two rival families of Perugia, the Baglioni and the Oddi with a competition between the four boroughs of the district.