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  Another town, another castle
by iandsmith

The town has been constructed on a limestone cliff on the east side of Lake Trasimeno . Etrurians were probably the first to occupy this area, as confirmed by the findings of tombs in the area. After the Roman occupation, the village belonged respectively to the marquis of Tuscany, to the abbey of S.Germano from Campoleone, to Perugia, to the Duke Della Corgna until 1643, again to the grand-duke of Tuscany and, in the XVIII century to the Papal State.
Inside the urban center, the middle age town walls, the Town hall and the palace of Della Corgna Dukes are still well preserved.
The latter, probably a remake of a pre-existing structure realized by the Vignola or the Alessi, has frescoes of mythological topics painted by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi and Salvio Salvini. The most fascinating building of all this village of over 13,000 inhabitants is the castle that, with its four towers, represents one of the most remarkable examples of military art in Umbria.

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  • Updated May 30, 2003
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