Palazzo della Corgna

Lago Trasimeno

Crowning Castiglione del Lago's hilltop centre, this 16th-century ducal palace boasts a series of impressive frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli and Salvio Savini. The admission ticket also covers entry into the adjacent Rocca del Leone, the forbidding fortress that dominates Castiglione's skyline. Dating from the 13th century, this pentagonal-shaped structure is a stellar example of medieval military architecture.

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1. Isola Maggiore

3.85 MILES

The only of Lago Trasimeno's islands with a permanent, albeit tiny, population, Isola Maggiore was reputedly a favourite with St Francis, who spent time…

2. Isola Polvese

4.51 MILES

This island, accessible by ferry from San Feliciano, is a delight – not so much for its sights, of which there aren't many, but for its glorious unspoiled…

3. Museo Civico 'La Città Sotterranea'

9.32 MILES

Subterranean passages filled with the city museum's collection of monumental inscriptions (mainly urns and grave tiles) can be accessed on guided visits.

4. Museo Archeologico Etrusco di Chiusi

9.34 MILES

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6. Chiesa di San Domenico

10.65 MILES

At the eastern end of Via Nazionale is this 15th-century church, home to a 1515 painting of the Madonna and Saints by local luminary Luca Signorelli.

7. Chiesa di San Francesco

10.75 MILES

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8. Basilica di Santa Margherita

10.75 MILES

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