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From Lonely Planet: Lago Trasimeno
It would have been easy for drop-dead gorgeous Lago Trasimeno to become a holiday haven for busloads of Northern European sun-seekers, à la the coast of Le Marche. Granted, you’ll find plenty of such folks during the summer months, but the majority of the area – outside Passignano and a strip leaving San Feliciano – has thankfully eschewed the Stalinist high-rise monoarchitecture of such Adriatic holiday villages. Agriturismi cover the hills like the omnipresent sunflower, historic Castiglione del Lago folds travellers in gently to allow room for all, and everyone respects the delicate ecology of the precious lake.
Article: Romantic Italian lake escape: Umbria's Lago Trasimeno
Published: December 20, 2011
Written By: Keely Herrick
These days, everyone has heard of Italy's Lake Como, largely due to its association with the captain of cool, George Clooney. However, Italy's central, land-locked region of Umbria is home to another spectacularly belissima watery resort - Lago Trasimeno. Only slightly smaller than Como, Trasimeno is a popular Italian summer vacation spot due to its historic castles, intriguing islands, and abundant opportunities for lakeside sports, and its mild winters make it a romantic getaway any time of the year.
Lago Trasimeno is known for its food as well - it is not unusual at any time of year to find Umbrians from neighboring towns making the trip to the lake for an indulgent Sunday feast of fresh, local seafood and homemade pasta.
If your holiday bonus check has you fantasizing about a romantic vacation in the new year, it's not too early to start planning a springtime trip to Umbria and Lago Trasimeno. You won't rub elbows with Clooney, but the authentic, unspoiled beauty of the region has an intimate charm that will make every day a valentine.