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Tuoro sul Trasimeno (Perugia province)

A town of W Umbria: 43°12N, 12°04.5E. Altitude: 309 m. Population in 2003: 3700.

[image ALT: A clump of 3‑story buildings of mixed brick and stone masonry, one of which is a church. It is a street scene in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Umbria (central Italy).]

The characteristic brick of Tuoro: it is very red. (Why does it matter maybe?)

Tuoro sul Trasimeno is a small agricultural center over­looking the plain of Lake Trasimeno on the western edge of Umbria, on the road you would take to go from Perugia (36 km southeast) to Arezzo (42 km NNW).

It is more or less agreed that it was somewhere in the comune of Tuoro that the famous battle of Lake Trasimenus was fought on June 24th, 217 B.C., in which Hannibal delivered a crushing defeat to the Roman army in the Second Punic War. The battle remains the main tourist attraction: there is a small museum of interest to Roman army buffs, and a few of the cremation sites (ustrina) may still be seen, by prior arrangement.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Tuoro and walked the area. In the meanwhile, you may find it useful to read the fairly detailed Sept. 7, 1998 entry of my diary, with more photos; and, marginally, Mar. 20, 2004. For the battle, the best page is Lake Trasimene at Livius.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Tuoro 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. I haven't been to any of them yet, so any links will be offsite.

Borghetto • Isola Maggiore • Piazzano • Vernazzano

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