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Castiglione del Lago

Located on a promontory overlooking Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago is one of the most suggestive villages in all of Umbria. Its historical past and its medieval beauty make the country one of the places not to be missed, immersed in the Trasimeno Regional Park, it is one of the coastal municipalities that characterize this protected natural area of incredible beauty.
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Castiglione del Lago
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Entrance walls in the medieval village   | REDMASON/
Entrance walls in the medieval village
Typical products  | Roberto Giachino/
Typical products
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Alley  | REDMASON/
The castle  | ValerioMei/
The castle
The fortress  | Georgia Carini/
The fortress
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Trasimeno lake  | Nils Schirmer
Trasimeno lake
Nils Schirmer
Castiglione del Lago, One of the frescoes of the Pomarancio in Palazzo della Corgna   |
Castiglione del Lago, One of the frescoes of the Pomarancio in Palazzo della Corgna
Castiglione del Lago  | Marco F.
Castiglione del Lago
Marco F.
A look at Castiglione del Lago
A look at Castiglione del Lago

About the village

Castiglione del Lago rises on a promontory overlooking Lake Trasimeno. The city owes its name to the symbol of the family that in ancient times dominated there; indeed, Castiglione derives from Castellum Leonis (The Lion's Castle), then popularized in Castellioni.
Founded by the Romans under the name of Novum Clusium, its origins are still found in the three parallel streets which cut across the country lenghtways (decumanus).

Castiglione del Lago's old town centre, still included within the medieval walls, is basically divided into two major sections: the eastern half is completely occupied by Palazzo Ducale and its jurisdictions, and by the Fortezza (fortress); in the western half there is the populated centre, whose arrangement, as well as for the fortress and the decumanus, refers entirely to the number 3. In fact three are the doors to the country, it has three squares and even the Mastio has only three sides.

To this day, the Palazzo Ducale and the Fortezza represent a large monumental route, but extremely pleasant it is also the panoramic route under the external walls, along the Poggio Olivato. Inside the town along the Via del Forte, there is the seventeenth-century church of San Domenico, while the parish church dedicated to Santa Maria Maddalena, along the main thoroughfare, is from the late 800 but it preserves precious tables of the previous Romanesque church. In the main square there is the ancient Palazzo del Popolo with the bell and watchtower.

Even Castiglione del Lago, like all of Umbria, is a place not only rich in history and beauty, but also of unique local foods and products, such as the Fagiolina and the Broccoletti del Lago, the Paté of chicken entrails and of course the fish of lake.Two ancient fish dishes to be tasted absolutely are the Brustico, whose origin seems to date back to the Etruscans and the Tegamaccio. The first is a specially roasted fish, exclusively on coals of lake straws, while the Tegamaccio is a soup of different varieties of fish that must be left to cook for at least 5 hours in terracotta pots.Other specialties of the area are spaghetti with fish sauce, fried perch fillets, queen carp in porchetta, that is, an oven-baked carp flavored with fennel, garlic, pepper and salt.

Village of Castiglione del Lago
Municipality of Castiglione del Lago

Province of Perugia
Umbria Region

Population: 14.737 castiglionesi
Altitude centre: 304 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Castiglioni d'Italia
Città del vino
Città dell'olio
Città slow
Strada del Vino Colli del Trasimeno

Protected Natural Areas:
Trasimeno Lake Park

Piazza Gramsci 1 - Tel. +39 075 96581

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  • From the North: take the A1 Firenze-Roma highway to the Valdichiana exit
  • From the south: take the A1 Firenze-Roma highway to the Chiusi-Chianciano Terme exit


  • Castiglione del Lago station
  • Chiusi station
  • Terontola station


  • International Airport of Umbria-Perugia-Sant'Egidio
  • Weekly market: every Wednesday in the center
  • End of April: "Let us color the Heavens", event that promotes the culture of peace and the protection of the environment.
  • International Folklore Review: an international festival aimed at promoting the knowledge of the traditions and popular culture of different countries: various folk groups perform in the theater set up inside the Medieval Fortress.
  • Aprile: "Festival of Tulips", Ccastiglione del lago entirely adorned with beautiful flowers. The party also includes a parade of allegorical floats, set up with tulips, costumed parades and a Palio between the districts.

Sleep, eat, buy...

= distances as the crow flies
Piazzale Pianillo Fantucci, Vallo di Nera (Perugia)
78.20 Kilometers from Castiglione del Lago
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies

Castiglione del Lago is present in issue 6 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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december, 2023
to monday 6 january 2025

Luci sul Trasimeno - Christmas in Castiglione del Lago

july, 2024

Santa Maria Maddalena

Our news about Castiglione del Lago

ALSO FOR VEGANS The Umbrian Torciglione is a typical dessert for the holiday season and can be found on the tables of many families. This specialty based on almonds, has very ancient origins, almost legendary, and its twisted shape would recall the cyclicity of the year that dies and is reborn. It seems that the ancient pagan populations of the Trasimeno area used to prepare a votive pandolce with pine nuts and honey during the winter solstice. The name...
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