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Lago Trasimeno is a beautiful place, famous for its scenery, ever-changing light and glorious sunsets.
Woven into this landscape are hill-top towns, lake-shore fishing villages and fortresses. I could never tire of exploring the region, walking the many trails and experiencing its natural beauty. To my delight, I’ve just discovered another perspective, a bird’s eye view so to speak, from a small single-engine light aircraft on a tour of the lake.
Take off is from the tiny airstrip at Montemelino (gps 43.103327,12.252417), or by request from the airfield at Castiglione del Lago. The route taken is flexible, you can either rely on the local knowledge of pilot Stefano, or ask him to fly over some specific places of interest.
My own flight path took me first to beautiful Agello, with its predominant hill-top bell tower. Agello overlooks the airstrip, so we were circling the town in less than two minutes from take off.
Onwards then towards Paciano, on the way experiencing awe-inspiring views Northwards across the lake and Southwards over the wooded hills. Paciano is one of the most beautiful villages in the region and if it were possible, it seemed even more beautiful from the air.
Castiglione del Lago
Leaving Paciano, we made our way back to the lake. Above San Fatucchio we turned and made a bearing for Castiglione del Lago, the largest town on the lake, with its imposing fortress a most interesting spectacle. Ahead and to our left the islands of Isola Maggiore and Isola Minore beckoned.
Instead, we flew towards Isola Polvese the third island on LagoTrasimeno, with the fishing village of Sant’Archangelo forming a backdrop. We then swept past the other fishing village of San Feliciano on the Eastern board of the lake.
Monte del Lago
There was a tight right circle around Monte del Lago before heading back towards the airfield at Montemelino.
Oasi La Valle
A last backward glance revealed the delicate boardwalk jutting out into the lake at Oasi La Valle and then the lake slipped out of our view.
Finally, the rush of the ground getting closer as we approached the grass airstrip and in no time we were back on land again. It was an interesting and exhilarating trip, well worth a try.
High definition photos from the flight may be purchased on my website www.andrewjonesfoto.com