Lake Trasimeno offers the opportunity to visit its islands: the Maggiore island and the Polvese island. Maggiore, the only inhabited island, still retains the atmosphere of the fishing village. A Chapel commemorates the landing of San Francesco d’Assisi, who arrived on the island in hermitage. Attractions of cultural value are the Palazzo del Capitano and the Lace museum. The tradition of lace dates back to when Marquis Guglielmi, after whom the castle, built-in 1981, was named, brought a teacher directly from Ireland to teach the lace technique to the women of the island. Another interesting place to see is the Garden of Aquatic Plants, designed by Pietro Porcinai, one of the major Italian landscape architects. Here you can find a large variety of aquatic plants, both native and from other places, immersed in a swimming pool carved into the rock and fed directly by the lake.
The Polvese island, the largest island on the lake, is a part of Castiglione del Lago municipality and has centuries-old olive groves. Major historic sights of the island are the remains of the St.Secondo church and of an Olivetan Monastery, the recently restored medieval castle. Besides visiting cultural sights you can just relax at the beach equipped with playground and volleyball courts.
The ferry service provides trips in both directions every hour.
DISTANCE FROM VILLA COZZANO: 20 km