What to see in Castiglione del Lago, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest of this village on Lake Trasimeno, including Palazzo Ducale and Castello.
Located on a green promontory on the western shores of Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago is the main center of the area.
First Etruscan and then Roman settlement, during the Middle Ages the town was disputed between Perugia, Florence and the Papal States, while in the eighteenth century it became a permanent papal domain.
The Palazzo Ducale, which stands in the main square, contains a remarkable cycle of frescoes from the late Renaissance period.
The castle, located in a panoramic position on top of the hill, is a very interesting construction dating back to the Middle Ages, with crenellated walls with polygonal perimeter, in excellent condition, as well as four towers and a central keep.
Other noteworthy monuments are the church of Maddalena in Corso Matteotti, characterized by the neoclassical facade, which contains inside a Madonna with Child and Saints, a sixteenth-century work attributed to Eusebio da San Giorgio, and the baroque church of San Domenico in piazza Caporali, characterized by an interesting eighteenth century ceiling.
The excursions to do in the area include that of Panicale, a characteristic medieval village located 13 km away, which has kept its original appearance intact, with sections of walls and doors still visible.
In the church of San Sebastiano there are two frescoes made by Perugino, which are the Martyrdom of San Sebastiano, placed behind the main altar, and the Coronation of Mary.
Panicale is also famous for its lace and embroideries, which are still carried out with a totally artisan technique.