Il Palio di Siena (located in Siena 2 July - 16 August)
The world famous Palio di Siena takes place every year in the beautiful city of Siena. Situated in the Piazza del Campo, this festival of friendly rivalry between the 17 neighbourhoods or Contrade is a feast for the senses. With food markets sporting some of the best culinary delights the region has to offer, local wineries serving gorgeous rich reds and crisp whites from the nearby vineyards and a plethora of theatrical and musical events, you'll be spoiled for choice. The festival culminates in an incredible horse race through the city which each Contrade competing for the crown. It might be brief but the race is tense and enthralling and with just an hours drive to Siena from Lake Levico, certainly not to be missed!
Other things to do in and around Lake Trasimeno
- Trips to lake islands
- Florence (90 mins) or Perugia (30 mins) by train
- Horse-riding trips
- Sailing clubs for beginners and experts
- Tuoro sul Trasimeno Hannibal museum
- Trasimeno Blues festival (in July)
Palio Delle Barche
In July one of the main events during the summer is the “Palion delle Barche” This historical re-enactment tells the story of rivalry between two historical Perugian families, the Baglioni and the Oddi. The event takes place on the last Sunday in July and is a race in 3 parts, water, overland and back in the water. 160 contestants divide
into 4 teams to race against each other and one of the most gruelling parts is running the steep steps to the fortress that overlooks Passignano carrying the extremely heavy boat. Fun to watch and a great atmosphere!
Belveduto Walk | 12km | 6 hrs
The walk visits medieval Castel Rigone and continues to the Poggio del Belveduto viewpoint. After lunch (not included) in an Agriturismo, return towards Passignano.
Lake Panoramas | 4km | 2 hrs
By taxi to enjoy the panorama from San Vito church. The walk then takes us past farmhouses and ruined towers above the lake and back down to Passignano.
Both walks involve reasonable transport costs.