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Castiglione del Lago

The Town Centre

The historic centre of Castiglione del Lago, still contained within the medieval walls, is in fact divided into two sections. The eastern half is completely occupied by the fifteenth century Ducal Palace, its service chambers and by the original castellated Fortress. In the 19th century the elegant hospital complex of Sant’ Agostino was added to the area. The western and inhabited half was developed within the castle walls by one Friar Elia of Cortona – the same friar who raised the first Basilica in Assisi after the death of Francis. His development of the town was based on the number 3. The walls of the castle tower already formed an equilateral triangle, and so he created three gates into the town, formed three principal roads, and laid out three piazzas.

Castiglione del Lago,the Ducal palace


Today the Ducal Palace and the Fortress offer a monumental passage into the past with the walls frescoed with representations of the Battle of Lepanto, a covered fortified gallery leads onto the sturdy castle walls with their handsome panoramic views over the lake. There is also a pleasing walk around the outside of the castle walls along the olive clad rampars.Inside the town, along the via del Forte is the sixteenth century Church of San Domenico, whilst the parochial Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is at the top of the main street. It was remodeled in the 19th century, but preserves some precious paintings from the previous Romanic Church. In the principal piazza you face the old Town Hall with its tower and chiming clock.

The tower of the Angel