The love between the nymph Agilla and Prince Trasimeno
The origins of the Lake Trasimeno name can be traced back to a legendary love story, the one between the Agilla nymph and prince Trasimeno. Agilla, the nymph of the lake, was in love with Trasimeno, the beautiful prince, son of Tirreno. Agilla managed to attract Trasimeno in the middle of the lake with her chant, right here was born the love between the two. Their happiness, however, lasted only one day. Trasimeno while taking a bath in the lake, watched by Agilla who had remained on shore, suddenly disappeared under the waters of the lake. Day after day, the nymph tried to find her prince incessantly, checking every boat that crossed the waters, until she died in a boat on the lake. Since that time it is said that, on summer evenings, the breeze from the lake that sways the leaves of the trees on the banks, recalls a kind of lament, the lament is the song of the nymph Agilla who still seeks his handsome prince. But when the lake ripples and a wave threatens to overturn the boats, it is said that the nymph believes she has rediscovered his Trasimeno.
Lake Trasimeno, a real natural paradise, is the fourth largest lake in Italy in size and is located in the northern part of Umbria, on the border with Tuscany.
The territory of the Trasimeno is rich in history, art and traditions. Staying at Lake Trasimeno means discover and visit beautiful medieval villages of the area such as Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve, Passignano, Tuoro, Panicale, Paciano and Piegaro and experience the place through many festivals and pageants that take place all year round.
Lake Trasimeno is also nature, relax and sport. Many activities can be practiced in the territory, such as outdoor sports including hiking, routes by bike or horseback, or water sports like fishing, kytesurf, canoeing and sailing. Beautiful islands, Maggiore and Polvese, that worth a visit, can be reached throughout the year through the boats. Trasimeno is Regional Park since 1995 and is characterized by a wetland, where, among the reeds, there are wild ducks, cormorants, kites, kingfishers. To find the fish and avifauna fauna of Lake Trasimeno you can visit the Oasi La Valle in San Feliciano, while getting to know the secrets of the fishermen and the tools used by them you can visit the Fishing Museum of San Feliciano in the municipality of Magione.
The territory of the Lake Trasimeno is also ideal for those who love good food, you can enjoy excellent dishes of the lake and especially recipes with eel, perch and tench, sample the fine beans of Trasimeno, Fagiolina, and all the typical dishes of traditional cuisine Umbria and Tuscany.