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Castiglione del Lago (Perugia province)

A town of western Umbria: 43°07N, 12°03E. Altitude: 305 m. Population in 2003: 14,300.

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A view of part of the castle that gave its name to the town.

Castiglione is a town on the W shore of Lake Trasimeno in a flat agricultural area of west central Umbria, on the road from Orvieto (59 km south) and Chiusi (21 km) to Arezzo (56 km north), both these latter places being in Tuscany. It owes its name to what is still its main feature, the massive 11c‑12c Rocca or castle. Its territory includes the Isola Polvese, largest of the three islands in the lake.

Castiglione hosts a well-attended regional balloon meet, usually in late April or early May.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Castiglione, if briefly. In the meanwhile, you might conceivably find it marginally useful to read the brief paragraph in the Aug. 4, 2000 entry of my diary, which also includes another photograph; for further (and much better) information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Castiglione del Lago includes in its territory some smaller towns and hamlets, of a few hundred inhabitants if that, with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"): a complete list of them follows. Although I've walked past several of them, I haven't actually been there, so any links will be offsite.

Badia • Casamaggiore • Gioiella • Macchie • Panicarola • Petrignano del Lago • Piana • Polvese island • Porto • Pozzuolo • Sanfatucchio • Vaiano • Villastrada

Page updated: 27 Apr 20