December 21, 2011

0079 ITALY (Umbria) - Motor ship Perugia

Today fell the first snow of this winter in my city. Has anything to do the snow  with the postcard that I want to present next? No. But the Christmas is coming, and for me, as for Sheila, winter holidays are closely related to snow. It is a widespread opinion among those living in the temperate zone, although in no case it snowed in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

The postcard. About Lago Trasimeno (Lake Trasimene) I had the opportunity to write when I received the previous postcard from Umbria and I don't want to repeat myself. Instead I'll talk a little about the navigation on the lake and about one of the two vessels appearing in the picture, motor ship Perugia (to the for). About the second, which can be seen in the background, I know only that it's motorboat Classe ACNIL.

The navigation service is provided by APM (Azienda Perugina di Mobilità) from Perugia, which manage urban and interurban transport in Umbria and all the escalators (?), and the main hub is in municipality Passignano. Navigation on the Trasimene was always difficult because of small depth, on average 4.5m, so it's sometimes necessary to dig channels on the bottom of the lake to allow movement of vessels. This should continue also in the wintertime, ie outside the tourist season, at least up to Isola Maggiore, permanently inhabited.

With a capacity of 400 passengers, the motor ship with two decks Perugia, launched to water in 1967, is the second from this point of view after Concordia (450 passengers / 1987), although it has the largest tonnage (about 159t, towards 149t). The fleet also includes (in order of transmission capacity): Grifone (1973), Camelia (2004), Umbria (1963), Agilla II (1995), Trasimeno (1962) and Agilla (1962).

There is another link between Lago Trasimeno and motors. In 1974, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the famous Automobili Lamborghini, retired to an estate on the shores of lake, in the frazione of Panicarola in Castiglione del Lago, where he lived until the end of his life, in 1993.

About the stamp

The stamp is part of the definitive set Posta Italiana, designed by Antonio Ciaburro. In all the stamps of the series is the same image (a flying envelope, leaving behind a trail made of Italian flag colors) but with different colored text and envelope:

2009.07.07 Envelope olive, writing blue (0,60 EUR)
2009.07.07 Envelope brown, writing red (1,40 EUR)
2009.07.07 Envelope olive green, writing green (1,50 EUR)
2009.07.07 Envelope brown, writing brown (1,50 EUR)
2009.11.31 Envelope gray, writing gray (3,30 EUR)
2010.07.01 Envelope blue, writing blue (0,05 EUR) - it’s on other postcard
2010.07.01 Envelope black, writing black (0,10 EUR) - it’s on other postcard
2010.07.01 Envelope viridian, writing viridian (0,20 EUR) - it’s on other postcard
2011.06.11 Envelope purple, writing brown (0,75 EUR) - it’s on this postcard

sender: Natalino Trentini
sent from Florence (Tuscany / Italy), on 03.11.2011

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