Theme Week Umbria – Castiglione del Lago

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Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno Panorama © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0

Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno Panorama © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0

Castiglione del Lago is a town in the Province of Perugia in central Italy, on the southwest corner of Lake Trasimeno. Orvieto is 59 km (37 mi) south, Chiusi is 21 km (13 mi) to the south west, Arezzo is 56 km (35 mi) to the north west, Cortona is 21 km (13 mi) to the north and Perugia is 47 km (29 mi) to the south east. The Association The most beautiful villages in Italy (I borghi più belli d’Italia) gave the town the title of the same name.

The newest parts of the city are at some distance from the old, so the centro storico (historical center) of Castiglione del Lago is a well preserved medieval locality that seems to be governed by a “law of threes”. In the town walls there are three gates, and inside the town there are three piazze and three churches.

Specialty stores © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0 Piazza Mazzini © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old City quarter © Adbar/cc-by-sa-3.0 New City quarter © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lake Trasimeno, seen from the fortress © Adbar/cc-by-sa-3.0 Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno Panorama © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno Panorama © Adrian Michael/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Castello del Leone (“Fortress of the Lion”) was built by Emperor Frederick II. The pentagonal-shaped castle, was completed in 1247 CE by the monk-architect Elia from Cortona. The castle features square towers in four of its corners and a triangular shaped bastion, or donjon, known as the Mastio in the other. The castle was designed to give its owners strategic control over all of Lake Trasimeno. The castle has withstood a number of sieges over the subsequent centuries.

The Palazzo del Comune (Town Hall) was built by Ascanio della Corgna in Renaissance style, designed by the architect Vignola. It is now a civic museum and gallery. The palazzo has by a long, covered corridor connecting to the castle. Renaissance era frescoes by the Pescara-born artist Giovanni Pandolfi and the Florentine artist Salvio Savini adorn the main floor inside. In 1574, the artist Niccolò Circignani, known as “Il Pomarancio”, added paintings and other decorations to one of the most interesting rooms in the palazzo, the so-called Room of the Exploits of the overlord Ascanio della Corgna.

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