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Passignano

14 May

After three house-bound days with the flu and tethered to my bathroom, the sun came out and so did I. Clean hair and lipstick do a girl wonders.

We headed to Tuscher for lunch. While the others had delicious gnocchi with red cabbage,

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I was happy with plain eggs and toast. It was so good to be eating again.

After lunch, we took a drive to Passignano sul Trasimeno in Umbria, one of about eight towns that surround the lake, and about 13 miles from Cortona.

We avoid highways whenever possible and are always rewarded with incredible scenery. At this time of year, wild poppies, or papaveri, are abundant .

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Being a lake town, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shops

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and today also a market.

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The lake has three main islands, Polvese, Maggiore, and Minore, and Passignano is one of the towns with ferry service.

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The second largest island, Maggiore, is the only inhabited one. A small fishing village, which reached its height in the 14th century, today has only around thirty residents. Most of the buildings, including the ruins of a Franciscan monastery, date from the 14th century. It is on this island where St. Francis is said to have spent time. We didn’t visit the islands today, but there is a beautiful statue of  St. Francis along the lakefront.

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While Passignano has a hilly historic center, we opted for the flat walk along the lake today, and it was perfect.

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And then we bumped into this cute couple…oh wait, we came with them.

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After two relaxing hours, we started for home, but stopped for a glimpse of Castiglione del Lago, the only peninsula town along the lake.

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As we neared Cortona, we were once again rewarded with nature at its best as the sun set over the Tuscan olive groves.

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A perfectly lovely day. Just what the patient needed!

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

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