La Rocca del Leone (Castiglione del Lago), Perugia, Umbria

Rocca del Leone of Castiglione del Lago is a wonderful building which for centuries has been the most important military settlement placed on the shores of Lake Trasimeno and was formed by a wall with battlements polygonal Guelph , four towers and the triangular keep. It was begun in XII century on the ruins of an earlier fortification destroyed in 1091 by Henry IV ( 1050-1106 ) of Franconia. In 1297 the magistrates of Perugia decided to fortify the town and the next year they decided to build a fortress inside the castle to better defend the inhabitants. The admission fee was 5 Euro each which was included also the Corgna Palace.

It was interesting to see the painted ceilings and walls in the castle and walk around the walls of the fort. The views of Lake Trasimeno from the fort were amazing. This is surely one of the best sights I’ve seen in the area. The fortress is magnificently built and I love that we could walk all the up and along the walls. The walk to the fortress through the narrow walkway is also exciting.

Inside the castle

It’s a long walk but we were happy as we could see the lake and its surrounding as well.

As you can see from my photos – these were taken from the castle while were walking around.

From a narrow and long corridor – you can go to the Corgna Palace or you can come from the main entrance and walk inside the narrow corridor to the castle.

It’s the entrance of the palace

The paintings inside museum.

The museum of the Palazzo della Corgna is situated on the first floor, where there are eight rooms with “affreschi”. Made between 1574 and 1590 by a team of painters led by Nicholas Circignani said the Pomarancio, the scenes represent the deeds of Ascanio and various mythological and historical themes. Built from 1563 by incorporating the previous Baglioni palace of the early ‘500.

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