The surrounding area
Castiglione del lago
Castiglione del Lago is encircled by ancient fortress walls, culminating in the imposing medieval fortress where the town reaches out into the lake. In the 16th century this military outpost and fishing town became a Renaissance city-state, with the construction of the Palazzo. The Palazzo went on to become a Ducal Palace, with all the buildings and embellishments that a court of the time required. Control of the town had been fiercely contested for centuries, first between the Etruscans and the Ancient Romans, and later between Arezzo and Perugia. Perugia finally seized definitive control of the town at the end of the 12th century. In the 13th century the town and castle were completely reconstructed by order of Frederick II, assuming the layout it has preserved almost unaltered to this day. In the middle of the 16th century the territory was granted to the Corgna family, and declared a marquisate on 15 March 1563. Castiglione Del Lago’s Trasimeno Park includes the site of a military airport that was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The airport is still used for recreational aviation, and hosts various events, such as the Spring Ultralight Aircraft Meeting, the Coloriamo i Cieli kite and hot air balloon festival, and horse riding events.
Palazzo della Corgna, from which the hotel takes its name, houses the most important museum in the Lake Trasimeno area.
The Palazzo was built in 1563 as a country retreat for the Corgna family. The L-shaped building is divided into two wings. The museum is housed on the first of the building’s four floors, and features eight frescos by Niccolò Circignani, known as Pomarancio.
Situated in the historic centre, it is one of the town’s most popular attractions. Access to the imposing fortress can be gained through the Palazzo, by means of an inner passageway running through the walls, offering visitors a glimpse of authentic medieval life. From the towers of the fortress you can enjoy fantastic views over Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian countryside.
The tranquil city of Siena is less than an hour’s drive from Castiglione del Lago.
The historic town centre of this provincial Tuscan capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It is believed to have been founded by the Etruscans who lived in this area.
Siena is famous for the Piazza del Campo, with its distinctive seashell shape, which hosts the equally renowned Palio delle Contrade horse race twice a year (on 2 July and 16 August).
Visitors come from all over the world on these two days to witness this unique horse race, which sees the city’s seventeen districts competing for the coveted Palio prize. Love for one’s district is a fundamental element of the city’s culture, which is passed on from generation to generation. The three main streets of the city spread out from the square, allowing visitors to discover the city’s fantastic views and explore its myriad characteristic shops.
Other popular destinations
Castiglione del Lago is the perfect base for visitors wishing to explore the wonderful destinations that lie along the border between Umbria and Tuscany.
Cortona. The Val di Chiana’s principal tourist centre is just a short drive from Castiglione Del Lago. Situated 600 metres above sea level, the hillside town of Cortona offers fantastic views over Tuscany. The traditional medieval historic town centre is a wonder in itself, offering easy access to attractions such as Cortona Cathedral, the Signorelli Theatre and the Cortona Academy of Fine Arts. Cortona also boasts a fascinating Archaeological Park, with Roman ruins and Etruscan tombs.
Arezzo. This provincial Tuscan capital earned its alternative name of the “City of Gold” from its long-standing association with the processing of this precious metal. The town has Etruscan and Roman origins, which are manifested in works of art such as the Chimera of Arezzo (an Etruscan statue, the original of which is today housed in Florence) and the Roman amphitheatre dating back to the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. The San Domenico church houses a celebrated wooden crucifix by the painter Cimabue.
Chiusi. This small town near Lake Chiusi is home to Italy’s most important Etruscan museum. The entrance ticket to the museum includes a visit to the Etruscan tombs of the Lion and the Pilgrim (visits to the tomb of the Monkey are by reservation only). The collection is almost entirely from excavations in Tuscany. Lake Chiusi is a small lake situated in a protected nature park, where birdwatchers can see Purple Herons, Ospreys and Great Crested Grebes.