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How to reach Isola Maggiore:
Making your way to Isola Maggiore is a ‘hop, step and a jump’ from whichever direction you choose … and travelling is a great way to get inspired!
Here’s a reminder of the three places around Lake (Lago) Trasimeno where ferries leave from:
Passignano sul Lago
Castiglione del Lago
Tuoro sul Trasimeno
With Umbria being so central. there are several options for getting to the island, but here are a few recommendations from the UK, based on experience:
Manchester to Pisa by jet2.com, short transfer into Pisa Centrale station, then train to Passignano, changing at Florence (Firenze). On my return, I took the ferry to Castiglione instead, then picked up the express train to Rome for an overnight stay before flying back to Manchester.
Stansted to Perugia by Ryanair, airport bus or taxi into Perugia station, then train to Passignano. Returning, I did the journey in reverse, but took in a night in Perugia on the way – worth the visit!
Leeds Bradford to Rome Fiumicino by jet2.com, then Leonardo Express train into central Rome (Roma Termini) and onwards to Passignano for the ferry.
The even more scenic route … with no planes involved. Eurostar from London to Paris, TGV high speed train to Zurich. Overnight in Zurich and a day to explore. Early morning train from Zurich to Chur to pick up the wonderful narrow gauge Bernina Express over Alpine gradients and down into Torino, then an Italian train on to Milan. Overnight in Milan, followed by a day in Bologna, and on to Passignano for the ferry.
I returned by the fast route – two hours by train from Castiglione to Rome, the Leonardo Express to Fiumicino international airport, then a flight to Leeds Bradford. Four days out, one day back!
Ferries across to the island are operated by umbriamobilita.it
The timetable changes three or four times a year but, very broadly speaking, ferries run every hour or 90 mins. The journey from the shore to the island takes between 15-30 minutes, depending where you board.
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How to reach the Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione – Puglia
The Palazzo sits in beautifully secluded grounds within its own walls in the village of Spongano, right down in the ‘heel’ of Italy. The closest airport is Brindisi, although you can also fly into Bari, a little further up the coast.
The explorer’s route? You might like to fly to Milan and make a leisurely trip down, using Italy’s excellent trains and spreading the journey over a number of days. Or fly into Rome, go cross country to explore Ancona, then take the train down from there.
Whichever route you choose, you are likely to arrive via nearby Lecce, a Baroque town definitely worth seeing.
You can find out much more about the area, and ways to travel there, over at the Palazzo’s site: palazzobacile.it