Umbria - Places to visit - Passignano Sul Trasimeno
Town Hall: V. Trento e Trieste Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG)
Altitude a.s.l.: 289 m. Maximum Altitude: 798 m. (Colle Campana)
Population (Passignanesi): 5000 ca N. of Hamlets: 2
Twin Towns: Susedgrad (Croazia)
Passignano sul Trasimeno stands on the slopes of a small ridge formed by the last offshoots of the hill that descends down to the western shores of Lake Trasimeno.
Its economy was originally tied to fishing and agriculture. Today, it depends largely on industrial and tourist activities which have developed into important areas thanks to the construction of the Florence-Perugia railway (1865), to the opening of new businesses specialised in the construction of aeroplanes and boats and lastly thanks to the existing accommodating facilities highly-regarded by Italian and foreign tourists.
The Gallics of Brenno (387 a.C.) passed through Passignano before going on to sack Rome.
The troops of Hannibal (217a.C) stopped here to decimate the Roman troops defeated in the famous battle of the Trasimeno.
The Goths, the Longobards and the Byzantines also contended between themselves control over the territory of Passignano
In the Middle Ages and until the 16th century there were conflicts between the troops of Perugia, Arezzo and Florence and between the various noble families of the area (Oddi, Della Corgna, Baglioni).
In 1643 the Della Corgna family surrendered the territory to the Gran Duchy of Tuscany and Passignano returned to being a tranquil fishing village until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy (1860).
SIGHTS TO SEE
In the centre of town
Fortress (5th 6th cent.)
Church of the Madonna dellOlivo (16th cent.)
Church of St. Christopher (or Parish Church 11th cent.)
Church of S. Bernardino (15th cent.)
Interior of the Oratory of S. Rocco Oratory of S. Rocco (16th cent.)
On the east side of Passignano:
Church of S. Donato (11th cent.)
Church of S. Vito (12th cent.)
Villa of the Marchesi Bourbon di Sorbello (18th cent.), at Pischiello
At Castel Rigone:
Sanctuary of the Madonna of Miracles (15th cent.)
Church of the Fraternit (16th cent.)
FOLKLORE AND EVENTS
Festival of the patron saint - St. Christopher (July 25)
"Palio delle barche", boat competition (last Sunday in July)
Competition of the "Palio delle barche"
Fish Festival (September)
TYPICAL LOCAL PRODUCTS
Tools for the production of hempen cloth and nets (wood spindle, heath needles, netting needles and skein-winders)